7th Heaven

Here Comes Santa Claus

Season 3, Ep 10, Aired 12/14/98
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  • Episode Description
  • It's the Christmas season. Eric arranges for his three oldest children to do some charity work in the community, and they aren't too happy about it. Back at home, Simon has trouble giving up his favorite Christmas pajamas, despite having outgrown them, and he certainly isn't about to pass them down to his little sister. The family fears that Ruthie has uncovered "the truth" about Santa, while Mary befriends a homeless young man at the soup kitchen - then invites him back to the house.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Stephen Collins

    Reverend Eric Camden

  • Catherine Hicks

    Annie Camden

  • Barry Watson

    Matt Camden

  • David Gallagher

    Simon Camden

  • Jessica Biel

    Mary Camden

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Merry Christmas!

    By VGFreak8, May 31, 2007

  • Sory

    By Nuckfan93, Aug 28, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Eric: Are you still wanting to go to the charity ball?
      Matt: You're actually going to give me the money?
      Eric: No, what would that teach you?
      Matt: That parents are especially generous around the holidays.
      Erin: Oh, but parents are generous all year round. Except when they cut you off completely and you have to get jobs.

    • Santa Clause/Rocky: Oh, hey there, tell your parents "Merry Christmas". [gives Ruthie gifts.] Ruthie:AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Mommy, Daddy, get up, get up, Santa Claus is real!

    • Ruthie: It's about time to get them. Simon: I just had to let them go

    • Eric: You ready to go? Lucy: Yeah. I’ve been on the phone all day. I called every person in this church directory announcing that I will be holding these stupid auditions. Eric: Oh my, and I know how you hate using the phone. You know I’ll drop you off on my errand and come back by the church and help you. Lucy: Thanks for the offer, but I doubt there’s going to be a long line for free work. Eric: Oh, I think you might be surprised. Lucy: I’ll probably just be sitting there all afternoon staring at the rec. room walls. Eric: Take your shoe shine kit, it’ll give you something to do. Lucy: Yeah, Merry Christmas to you too...it’s not funny. Eric: Yes, it is.

    • Annie: I was wondering if you ever found a home for that old juke box you used to display in the window? Rocky: Oh that old thing no I had to put it in the back it brought in a lot of lookers but no buyers you know. Annie: Yes, I know, so I was wondering could we make a trade? Rocky: What’d you have to in mind? Oh, my, my that’s exquisite. Where did you get this? Annie: My mother left it to me but I’ve never had a chain nice enough to put it on. She also left me several other things that I dearly treasure things that are more practical and that I do wear, so maybe it’s time to part with this. Rocky: I would hate to take a piece of your mother’s jewelry. Annie: This is the last Christmas before Eric and I will have two more little mouths to feed and I've put him through heck this pregnancy and he’s been wonderful to me. If my mother were still alive, and neither of us could afford to buy that juke box, I’m pretty sure that she would sell it herself. Rocky: But Mrs. Camden this, this is a cross. Annie: Yes, it is, but you know I wear my religion in my heart, the same place I carry my mother’s memory.

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    Notes (6)

    • Music: "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms

    • Mary meets her future husband Carlos (Carlos Ponce) in this episode. Both characters meet up again in season 8 and get married and have a family together.

    • This is the first time Christmas is celebrated on 7th Heaven.

    • In Germany this episode is known as, "Christmas", translated.

    • Some of the people who tried out for the nativity scene in this episode were crew members.

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    Trivia (4)

    • When the 10th season of the series was winding down, video clips of some of the show's most memorable moments (according to audiences who sent in their votes) were televised with the final episodes of that season. The scene where Ruthie screamed as she discovered Matt playing Santa was included on that list.

    • When this episode aired on television, Ruthie and Annie were dancing in the kitchen together to the classic Christmas tune "Jingle Bell Rock". For the Season 3 DVD, which was released in November 2006, this song was replaced with a pop version of "Go Tell It On the Mountain". Furthermore, since Annie was actually singing along to "Jingle Bell Rock" in the original version of this scene, her mouth movements don't go with the new song they chose.

    • When they exchange gifts at the end of the episode the picture of Ruthie on Matt's lap is different from the picture shown earlier in the episode.

    • Mary's voice doesn't match up with her mouth when she is on the phone with the operator.

    Allusions (3)

    • The Eric/Annie gift-giving plot line is based on the classic O. Henry short story "Gift of the Magi."

    • A little girl in this episode asks Matt (dressed as Santa) for a Princess Di Beanie Baby. Back in the late 1990's, when Beanie Babies were at the peak of their popularity, they manufactured a royal purple bear with an English rose on its chest in honor of the young Princess Diana of Wales, who was killed tragically in 1997.

    • Action: When Annie and Simon put on the black glasses after Matt leaves with his date. This is done to refer to the movie "Men in Black"

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