How I Met Your Mother

Season 2 Episode 11

How Lily Stole Christmas

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ted almost ruins Christmas for everyone when, still carrying around anger toward Lily, he calls her a horribly disgusting name. Robin tends to Barney while he has a cold.

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  • This is a true story of a Chirstmas

    This was the first Christmas episode of the show and it was a very good one. Part of what makes this show great is on showcase what happened in this episode. The consistent references to "grinch" was funny. Future Ted telling his kids the "truth" is a common theme in the show and this is not the first time it happened. I also like the references to the Christmas movies. Another funny part was Ted coming back to Lilly's places and calling her "grinch" and the power going out. Marshall kid like reaction to Christmas was very enjoyable. One of the funnier parts of this episode was Barney being sick. His acting was very funny. I really liked the ending when Lilly made up with Ted.moreless
  • A message left by Ted months ago puts the gang's Christmas in jeopardy.

    This was one of my favorite episodes of the season. Lily has decorated the apartment and made it look amazing for Christmas. However, when she and Ted recover the answering machine that was unplugged while she was away. She plays the messages and hears Ted telling a struggling Marshall to get over that "grinch", although that's not the word he used. Lily takes down the decorations and heads back over to her apartment, which she still has, while Marshall is at the library finishing a report. Ted must get everything back to his place but he doesn't want to apologize, and I don't think he should have to either. Lily deserved being called that, at that point in time. Meanwhile Robin and Barney play in a well-used but still great storyline. Barney gets sick and Robin must take care of him. Anyway, Marshall comes back home to see the apartment has been redone by Lily, but Ted has already fled to his religious cousin's place in Staten Island for Christmas. The rest of gang come to rescue him as Lily apologizes like she should have, and Ted comes back to celebrate the birth of Jesus with his friends in New York City. Great episode and one of my favorite holiday episodes.moreless
  • Ted calls Lily a bad word.

    "How Lily Stole Christmas" is a funny How I Met Your episode. I love how Lily and Ted turn on the answering machine and the message is Ted calling Lily a "grinch". I love how Lily overreacts and she takes all the Christmas stuff in Ted's apartment and she brings it to her apartment. I love how Barney is in denial about having a cold. He says some of my favourite quotes in this episode like, "My nose is just overflowing with awesome and I had to get some of it out" and "You see, whenever I start feeling sick, I just stop being sick and be awesome instead. True story". It was so cute when Marshall helped that guy deliver packages. I love the end of the episode when Lily and the gang show up Ted's doorstep and both apologize to each other. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • how could you say such an awful word??

    ted calls lily a "grinch" but not really a grinch, and lily gets really mad. he's like fudge, but he doesnt really say fudge. lily takes teds word advice and steals all the christmas decorations and sets them up in her house. the guy upstairs turned out all ofg lily lights. that was funny. when marshall gives lily a present that she loves he gives the credit to ted, and lily kinda feels bad. by then, he is at his very strict families house, which is all funny in itself. lily apoligizes and its all good. elsewhere, barney gets sick, making more entertainment. also, i was happy to see the mayor of sunnydale in this great show. how cool.moreless
  • Lilly, the Grinch.

    A hilarious Christmas episode, and the title is so perfect for this episode. They use the word, "Grinch" to disguise the word that Ted actually called Lilly, and midway in the episodes, out of rage, Lilly takes all the decorations down and takes them to her place, like the actual Grinch. Sorry, I had to say how awesome the title fit for this episode. Anyways while putting an answering machine back in to place, Ted & Lilly hear some old messages, including the one where Ted calls Lilly a "Grinch". Lilly & Ted then starts to fight, then that's when Lilly takes all the decorations. When Ted leaves to go celebrate Christmas with his relatives, Lilly puts all the decorations back before Marshall comes home. Meanwhile Marshall acts as Santa, by getting everyone's packages in on time. Robin tries to nurse Barney to health when he is sick on Christmas. Then when Marshall tells Lilly he got the sentimental present (Easy Bake Oven) idea from Ted, she finally forgives Ted. They go pick him up from his religious relatives' house, and celebrate Christmas together. I liked how Ted refereed his friends as family in this episode. A great Christmas episode, and I enjoyed it more than the Christmas special last year, so that's definitely a plus. Great heartwarming episode by the end.moreless
Harry Groener

Harry Groener


Guest Star

Moon Unit Zappa

Moon Unit Zappa


Guest Star

Carlease Burke

Carlease Burke

WPD Worker

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Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Voice of Ted, 2030

Recurring Role

Michael Gross

Michael Gross

Alfred Mosby

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Cristine Rose

Cristine Rose

Virginia Mosby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Ted is talking to Barney and Robin at MacLaren's, Barney scolds Ted by erroneously calling him Ted Vivien Mosby. When Ted replies, "That's not my middle name", Robin takes a sip of her drink. When the shot goes back to Barney, we see that Robin again picks up her drink to sip from the straw.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • (Barney sneezes)
      Ted: Are you sick?
      Barney: Is it sick to find maturity and experience sexy?

    • Barney: Too weak, to hold bowl.
      Robin: Find I'll feed you.
      (Robin feeds Barney some soup)
      Barney: Ouchie in my mouth.
      Robin blows on soup to feed barney again
      Barney: I don't want it, I want ice cream.
      Robin: No you're not having ice cream for dinner just cause your sick.
      Barney: But my throat hurts.
      Robin: No!
      Barney: I hate you!
      Robin: Oh.
      (Robin prepares to leave)
      Barney: Don't leave me.

    • Ted: I promise I will never call you a... you know, ever again.
      Lily: It's okay. I was kind of a Grinch!
      Boy: What's a Grinch?
      Lily: Umm... it's a word you shouldn't say!
      Boy: Mom, what's a Grinch?
      [Stacy spits out her drink in horror]
      Kids: (Chanting) Grinch! Grinch! Grinch!
      Ted: Uhh, Merry Christmas!
      (Running out with his friends)
      Ted: Let's get out of here!

    • Ted: She took the decorations? That Grinch!
      Older Ted: That time I really did say Grinch.

    • Barney: [Sick in bed] This is a low point for the Barnacle. I should be out playing laser tag, being awesome. Don't look at me, I'm hideous!
      Robin: Oh, come on. You look like a regular guy.
      Barney: Exactly. I'm a Ted. Look at me, I'm wearing elastic waistband fleece pants.
      Robin: But they're comfy, right?
      Barney: [Weakly and ashamed] Yes...

    • Marshall: (over the phone) Oh, wait! Ted, Ted, Ted, Ted, one more thing: how 'bout the cookies? Are they delicious?
      (pause, as Ted recalls:)
      Robin: (screaming, as smoke bellows out of the oven and she unloads a fire extinguisher at the inferno) AAAHHHHHHHH! HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!
      (back to the present)
      Ted: You know, honestly, they taste a little store-bought.

    • Ted: C'mon, Lily, we're supposed to be friends!
      Lily: Yeah, some "friend!" You called me a Grinch!
      Ted: You were a Grinch!
      Lily: (stunned) How can you s--
      Ted: Grrrinchy, Grrrrinch, Grinch, Grinch, Grinch, Grrrrrrrinch, Grinch, Grrrrinch!
      (Suddenly, the whole apartment blacks out)
      Lily: Happy? Now you've pissed off the big guy upstairs!
      Ted: Yeah, I'm sure God cares if I--
      Voice from above: You use that language again, and I'll turn off your water!
      Lily: That's my super. He lives above me.

    • Barney: (increasingly feeble; clearly sick) In two minutes... I'm gonna pound a sixer of Red Bull... hop in a cab... play a couple hours of Laser Tag, maybe... get a spray-on tan... it's gonna be LEGEN-- wait for it--...(snores)

    • Marshall: When you walk through the door, does it feel like you are being slapped in the face by Christmas?

    • Barney: Christmas is a time when people are lonely and desperate, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

    • Barney: Ted Vivian Mosby!
      Ted: That's not my middle name..
      Barney: You kiss your mother with that mouth?
      Ted: Like you've never said that word?
      Barney: I don't kiss your mother with my mouth, yet...

    • (Lily has just heard a message from Ted to Marshall where he calls her something very very bad.)
      Lily: I'm a what?
      Ted: That was Barney...
      Lily: That was you, Ted!
      Ted: That was Marshall...
      Lily: Marshall left a message for Marshall?

    • Ted and Lily listens to an old message on the answering machine
      Ted: Hey Marshall! Are you lying on the couch right now moping about Lily? You are, aren't you? Stop it! She's not worth it, you gotta get over that grinch!
      Old Ted: But I didn't say grinch.. I said a bad word, a very very bad word.
      Ted: Oh fudge..
      Old Ted: But I didn't say fudge..

    • Marshall: Okay, I'll be back here at five, save me at least 20 cookies and do not clean the bowl!!

    • Ted (To his nephews): Alright, don't tell your mom, but I got you guys some presents.
      Nephew: Like the gift of God's love?
      Ted: No, dude. Real presents.
      Nephew (To his mom): Uncle Ted got us presents!
      Stacy: That's okay. Ted, we'll just give them to charity.
      Niece: Yay!
      Stacy: Not you Charity. I meant the less fortunate.

    • Robin: You're spending Christmas Eve with your family? Baby, that sucks I'm so sorry.
      Ted: Oh, they're fine, they're just...they're a little weird. You know they don't believe in gifts or Christmas trees? And they think Santa's how Satan spells his name when he wants to trick us.

    • Barney: (after blowing his nose) My nose was just overflowing with awesome and I had to get some of it out!

    • Barney: Oh Robin, my simple friend from the untamed north. Let me tell you about a little thing I like to call mind over body. You see whenever I start feeling sick, I just stop feeling sick, and be awesome instead. True story.

    • Robin (to Barney on fire escape): Barney! What the hell are you doing? Get in here. It's freezing outside. Are you insane?
      Barney: Hey, blame Lily and her oppressive, no cigars in the apartment rule! God, it's like Marshall's marrying the Taliban.

    • Older Ted (Voiceover): Kids, as you know, Christmas is a time you spend with your family. So in December of 2006 I had three options, spend it with my mom and her new boyfriend Clint, Spend it with my dad and his new girlfriend micro brew, or go down to Staten Island and spend it with my super religious cousin Stacy and her family. I opted for none of the above. I decided to spend Christmas 2006 in Manhattan, with my other family.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The German episode title is "Wie Lily Weihnachten gestohlen hat", an exact translation. The French title is "La Vengeance de Lily", meaning "Lily's Vengeance". The Italian title is "Natale fra amici", meaning "Christmas among Friends".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: January 21, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • There is much speculation from fans as to what Ted actually called Lily, as the traditional guess would be b****. However, shortly after this episode Barney's Blog added a 'Motherspeak' section pointing it out as a four-letter-word, thus narrowing down the possible expletives, most likely making the word c**t.

    • Christmas Songs:
      Clarence Carter - "Backdoor Santa"
      "Silent Night"

    • Clint, Ted's Mother's new boyfriend, was played by Harry Groener. He played Mayor Willkins on Buffy The Vampire Slayer.


    • When Barney is sick in bed and Robin is taking care of him he turns away and says, "Look away, I'm hideous," much like Kramer says to Jerry when he has been smoking for three straight days because he decides to turn his apartment into a smoking lounge in the Seinfeld episode, "The Abstinence".

    • Episode Title: "How Lily Stole Christmas"

      Refers to the classic cartoon and newer movie (starring Jim Carrey), "How The Grinch Stole Christmas". Both are based on the Dr. Seuss book.

    • "Oh Fudge"
      Only I didn't say Fudge.

      This is a take off of A Christmas Story, where Little Ralph says "Oh fudge" when he loses the nuts from the tire.
      In the movie, Ralph also says he "didn't say Fudge"