When Steven Tyler is shown singing on the float, there are some quick-cut shots in which he goes from using a microphone on a stand to a hand-held one without sufficient time to make the switch.
After Mr. McGuire is introduced to Nobby, he says to him, "Hi, Notty."
When Lizzie comes home and unexpectedly finds Nobby in the house, he starts screaming before she does, even though he has his back to her!
The McGuires are helpless at fixing the plumbing in the retirement home-this despite Jo's being shown at being a fix-it wiz in "Movin' On Up".
Matt's head cloth changes configuration from one shot to the next in the dream sequence where he's describing the true meaning of Christmas.
When Sam tells Lizzie how the rest of the family is having trouble fixing the plumbing at the retirement home they show a quick clip of their haplessness, in which Gordo is shown 'helping'. Yet this is *before* Gordo decides to go and try to help.
Lizzie: The plumbing got fixed and Nobby and his friends have a place to stay. I'd say 'best Christmas ever' definitely applies!
Larry: Ho-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Oh wait, that's pirates. But pirates have beards and so does Santa so I'm sticking with it!
Santa Claus: I heard what you did for Nobby. Righteous.
Gordo: Santa just said 'righteous.'
9 Year Old: Are you really Santa Claus?
Santa Claus: Well, I ain't the Easter Bunny.
Bystander #2: You're too skinny to be Santa.
Santa Hey! I'm workin' on it.
Bystander #1: Well, you may be too skinny but you sure look old enough.
13 Year Old: If you're Santa, prove it!
Kid: Yeah, prove it!
Santa: Take a hike, you little...
Nobby: Naah, Santa, Santa...
Santa: All right, I'll prove it, but only because I like showin' off.
Amy: We dropped by the warehouse last night. Saw your float. Why is it out by the trash cans?
Lizzie: Merry Christmas to you too, Amy.
Lizzie: That's my bedroom. Why are you showing me my bedroom?
Jo: Because it's a mess. Would it kill you to clean it up once in a while?
Toon Lizzie: Even when my mom is the Ghost of Christmas Past, she has to hassle me.
Gordo: Kate, you're paying carpenters to build your float?
Kate: Get real! My dad's paying them.
Toon Lizzie: It'll be a lot of work, but...I can still grind everyone else into the dust...in the spirit of the holidays!
Gordo (to Tudge): ...nothing says Merry Christmas like a fiery spaceship crash.
This episode deals with religion (namely, Christianity and the Bible, though the passage taken from Luke 2:8-14 recited by Matt is abridged, not directly quoted), something rarely seen in children's programming. Matt even says "God" and "Lord". Probably the closest episode that comes to this in terms of explicit religion is "Gordo's Bar Mitzvah", but whereas Gordo's Jewish traditions are put clearly in a religious context, no such distinction is made in this episode, blurring the line between religion and life in a secular society.
A Christmas episode of Kim Possible, aired a year later, featured a TV program named "Xtreme Xmas."
This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book A Very Lizzie Christmas. It is also on Vol. 3 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD Collection entitled "Star Struck" released on Mar. 16, 2004.
Continuity: Matt mentions to Nobby how he wants his "own private island," something he wanted way back in "And The Winner Is," too.
The scene in which Matt wears a head cloth and talks about the meaning of Christmas, was inspired by a scene in the 1965 holiday classic television show A Charlie Brown Christmas, which features Charles Schulz' animated Peanuts cartoon characters. In it, Linus, with his "security blanket," delivers a similar soliloquy about the true meaning of Christmas.
Steven Tyler's performance of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" won "Best Song" in the viewer voting on the Disney Channels' broadcast of "A Raven New Year's Eve," December 31, 2002.
Matt and Nobby are seen playing a traditional Hanukkah game which uses a four sided spinning top called a dreidel, something Gordo mentions earlier that he has mastered making. This game is also seen in the Even Stevens episode "Heck of a Hanukkah".
There is no clapboard with a production date on it shown at the beginning of the blooper reel like there usually is. (One seen very briefly at the end is impossible to read.) Perhaps the makers of Lizzie didn't want to call attention to the fact this Christmas episode was shot in May 2002.
Palm trees are seen in the background lining the parade route, another indication that Lizzie McGuire might take place in California.
A "Gordo theme" is heard in this episode, the same Hebraic-sounding music that was used in "Gordo's Bar Mitzvah" and "Mom's Best Friend." It seems to be used mostly when his Jewish heritage is being mentioned.
Some stock footage is used (for the first time ever on the show?) for some of the parade scene.
Characters without lines: Sam's often-mentioned cousin Ree Ree and his pal Stucco, who are in the parade with the "float," throwing batteries into the crowd. This is the first time they've been seen in a live-action shot. Earlier some still photos of them were seen in "Facts of Life." The Announcer gives their names as Reginald Rehoven and Alistair Stukovitch.
Mr. Lang, played by Troy Rowland, is listed in the credits but does not appear. Rowland, by the way, has been credited as the show's dialog coach during its second season.
Guest stars include, as noted above, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and also Shelley Berman, a comedian who won a Grammy award and three gold albums for his comedy recordings in the late 1950's-early '60's. (His trademark routine was the one-way phone conversation.) There's also a "family" element to the show as Haylie Duff, Hilary's big sis, returns in the role of Kate's cousin Amy. Also, two of Steven Tyler's children, 13-year-old daughter Chelsea and 10-year-old son Taj have small roles. They are listed in the credits by their real last name, Tallirico. And we don't know for sure, but we suspect Jason Rogow (playing "Kid") is related to Lizzie's executive producer, Stan Rogow. Plus Brad Grunberg returns to the Lizzie "family" for his third guest-starring role, each time as a different character. But unlike his previous two appearances, his character the Announcer isn't eating anything this time (although he does have a doughnut sitting right next to him!)
This is first episode broadcast in which Miranda (Lalaine) does not appear. Since it was shown out of production order, it wasn't the first episode filmed without Lalaine, so no explanation is given for Miranda's absence. Lalaine's name and pictures remained in the opening titles sequence, as always.
Steven Tyler, who is the lead singer for the longtime hard-rock group Aerosmith, performs "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."
Also, Jake Thomas, Hallie Todd and Hilary Duff (Matt, Jo and Lizzie) sing a little bit of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," accompanied by Robert Carradine (Sam) on piano.
Hilary Duff was Steven Tyler's special guest at his unplugged concert, where she asked him if he would be Santa Clause in the "Xtreme Xmas" episode.
Lizzie: No wonder they make no plum progress at all, because the pipes that they're plumbing are two sizes to small.
This is a play on the line "May have been that his heart was two sizes too small" from the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Lizzie: I just close my eyes and click my heels three times.
Lizzie gets mixed up with the book and movie The Wizard of Oz here! She says she's going to do this to transport herself to Nobby's building and help her family fix the plumbing, but Nobby responds by saying "Why would you do that?" and mentions that he has a car outside waiting.
Lizzie: You're the pepperoni pizza I ate for dinner.
Lizzie's dream is based on Charles Dicken's famous short novel A Christmas Carol (1836), and so is this piece of dialog, in which Lizzie explains away the "spirit" she's seeing as a bad dream brought on by something she ate. In Dickens' book, Ebenezer Scrooge does the same thing when confronted by the first spirit he sees, that of his former business partner Jacob Marley. He tells Marley's ghost, "You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!"
Toon Lizzie: "Hey, I don't care if you have the Dallas Cheerleaders living here."
Actually, they're called the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and they are almost certainly the most famous cheerleaders in the world. Although professional football and the Dallas Cowboys have always had cheerleaders, it wasn't until 1972 that the Dallas organization developed a new concept of a cheerleading outfit that went beyond the traditional roles, becoming more of a dance team and also acting as good-will ambassadors for the club.
Matt: "She's a grinch."
The Grinch is one of those weird creatures from the imagination of popular children's author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel 1904-1991). He was introduced in the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, published in 1957. In it, the Grinch is a miserable solitary creature who resents the Christmas celebrations in neighboring Whoville. One Christmas Eve, like Santa Claus in reverse, he sneaks into every house in town and steals all the presents, decorations--anything to do with Christmas. But later he is stunned to see that the residents of Whoville haven't lost the spirit of Christmas, and it changes him from a bad soul to a good one. The term "grinch" has become a synonym for a person who doesn't get into the prevailing Christmas spirit. An animated version of the story was made in 1966 with Boris Karloff providing the voice of both the narrator and the Grinch. It has been one of the most popular Christmas shows of all-time, animated or otherwise. In 2000, a live action movie was made starring Jim Carrey in the title role.
Nobby: "You wanted a Quickie-Bake Oven when you were ten."
The name is changed here, but we're sure they're talking about an Easy-Bake Oven, a popular toy introduced in 1963 by Kenner (later bought by Hasbro). The small oven used an electric light bulb for a heat source and could actually cook a few simple foods.
Jo McGuire: ...in honor of Hanukkah, I made potato panckaes.
Potato pancakes, or "latkes," are one of the traditional foods made during the observance of the Jewish religious holiday Hanukkah, which celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement in ancient times. In this story, though, it sounds like Gordo has had enough of 'em to last him for a while!
Nobby: If he loves animals so much he can de-worm Rudolph
According to a Dutch tradition there were flying reindeer who pulled the sleigh of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) through the sky when he delivered presents on Christmas Day. They were named in the 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Vixen. But in 1939, Montgomery Ward department stores were looking for a promotional item to give away during Christmas time. They gave their copywriter Robert L. May the task of coming up with something, and he created an illustrated booklet about the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who had a glowing red nose that the other reindeer made fun of, but who saved Christmas one year when the led the sleigh through thick fog by the light of his nose! The character became even more popular when a nine-minute cartoon was made about the Rudolph story in 1947. May's brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, put the story to music in 1949. Many artists passed on recording the song, not wanting to tamper with the Christmas legend, but cowboy movie star Gene Autry recorded it in 1949 and it became a huge hit, selling two million copies at a time when million-selling records were very rare. Today it is one of the best-known and most frequently-sung of all Christmas songs.
Larry: "...Death Star Christmas."
Always the Star Wars freak, Larry plans to enter a Death Star float in the Christmas parade. In the Star Wars movies, the Death Star was a gigantic battle station, a huge, horrible weapon used by the evil Empire forces to control planets and make them bow to their wishes.
Larry Tudgeman: "Ho-ho-ho and a bottle of rum. Oh wait, that's pirates."
Tudge gives a little bit of a Christmas twist to a much-quoted line from the 1881 classic novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. In the book, the fearsome Long John Silver sings an old sea song:
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum
Gordo: "...frankly, I've mastered making dreidels and lighting menorahs."
A dreidel is a top-like toy that is used in a traditional Hanukkah game. A menorah is a candelabra used in Jewish worship services. The nine-branch kind usually holds Hanukkah candles while the seven-branch menorah is more often used in Temple services.
Lizzie: "The kids get a merry little Christmas and I get a silent night."
Lizzie uses the name of two familiar Christmas songs here. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine, originally for the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis starring Judy Garland and directed by Vincente Minelli. "Silent Night," is of course one of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time. It was originally a poem by Joseph Mohr which he took to his friend Franz X. Gruber who set it to music in 1818 in Austria. Its original German title: "Stille Nacht."
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