Family Ties

Season 1 Episode 11

A Christmas Story

Aired Unknown Dec 15, 1982 on NBC
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When a blizzard forces the Keatons to spend Christmas at home, Elyse's gift to Steven, an album filled with some fascinating old photos, sparks flashbacks to the birth of their three children.

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • In this episode, it is revealed that Alex was born in Africa, and the year was 1965.

      • As Elyse and Steven were in the hospital to deliver Jennifer on Election Day, 1972, Steven wondered if their votes might have put McGovern over the top. In fact, Nixon's margin of victory was 520 Electoral Votes to 17.

      • Jennifer was born Election Day, 1972. Election Day was November 7 that year. Tina Yothers' actual birth date is May 5, 1973.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • (Camp Cuyahoga song, to the tune of "She'll be Comin' 'Round the Mountain")
        Steven and Crazy Larry (in unison): We'll be goin' to Cuyahoga when we go. (When we go.)
        When we get there we'll be there and then we'll know. (Then we'll know.)
        We'll be roastin' those marshmallows with those gals and all those fellows
        When we go to Cuyahoga, when we go. (in harmony): (When we go.)

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Though it had inspired him to join the Peace Corps, Max was unable to recite John Kennedy's most famous line from his 1961 inaugural address. The address concludes:

        "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

        "My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

        "Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."

      • The title of this episode alludes to the classic 1913 Christmas movie of the same name.