Season 3 Episode 8

A Very Supernatural Christmas

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 13, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

In this Christmas-themed episode, Sam and Dean follow the trail of an "anti-Santa" that abducts its victims by using their chimneys. Dean tries to get Sam to celebrate Christmas like they used to but Sam doesn't want to accept that it could be the last one they'll spend together.moreless

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  • Creepiest episode of the third season yet.

    It might just be me, but I found the scenes in this episode to be the most disturbing ones since The Benders of the first season, maybe because the pagan gods are portrayed as humans, and quite creepily happy humans at that. The Christmas setting makes for an excellent bout of creepy horror-torture show, and the scenes that are meant to freak you out really work. Other than that it was nice to finally see a seasonal episode. The flashback worked well, the actors were excellent as per usual (the old couple was especially brilliant) and it flowed nicely. The level of angst amongst the boys was evened out pretty well, so it didn't drag out too much as has been a tendency in earlier episodes, imo.moreless
  • Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester,two brothers that travel across the USA saving the world from the demons from hell

    This particular episode starts with the word SPEACIAL twirling onto the screen like CBS used to do during the 1980's Next we see a kid opening the door for his grandfather and you begin wondering if you are watching the right show. Then you coninue to watch the show and the grand father dressed as Santa jingles some bells and starts putting preasents under the tree. Next we hear something land on the roof and the kid assumes its reindeer and the grandfather/Santa just shrugs and continues to set gifts under the tree. There is more noise on the roof and a few ashes fall down the chimney so santa glances up the chimney and as he looks up is sucked up the chimney and the kid confused looks up the chimney andin a question like tone goes "Santa?" Then the title A very Supernatural Christmas appears to the sound of Jingle Bellsmoreless
  • Everything is perfect in this episode...

    ... From the clever script by Jeremy Carver (aided, as he himself admits in the Season Three Companion, by Ben Edlund), who strikingly blends tragedy and irony, heart-wrenching and humorous moments, to the effective direction by J. Miller Tobin, from the flashback sequences, enriched by two great young actors, to the grim and musty sequences set in the present, from the supporting actors (Spencer Garret and, especially, Merrylin Gann are extraordinary as Mr. and Mrs. Carrigan) to Jensen and Jared singing 'Silent Night' on behalf of a drunken, stoned and porn-addicted, limping Santa wannabe. The final scene - when Sam finally decides to celebrate Christmas out of his brother's wish - is touching and vibrant: even without words, it takes only a look and a smile for Sam and Dean to express their struggling and their fear. Dean is going to die at the end of the year, and Sam can't save him. This is their last Christmas, their last eggnog. It breaks one's heart, and it's one of the highest moments of Season Three.moreless
  • Weird.. funny.. at times emotional? Yup, must be Supernatural.

    In a way, despite adding nothing to the plotline involving Dean's deal and how he'll be saved, this episode entertained me as much as any other episode, due to a ridiculous and absurd plot (even for Supernatural) and a few sad flashbacks to Christmas' past.

    The anti-Santa was an interesting villain, mostly because Santa Claus goes behind supernatural.. it seems to just be a myth that has never been proven. However, when we finally discover what's really going on and who's behind the brutal Christmas/Santa murders, once again, it'll prove why Supernatural is one of the strangest yet compelling shows on television.

    I actually found myself pretty interested in the flashbacks of Sam and Dean. It shows the first moment when Sam finds out the truth about what their dad does. It really was more of an emotional episode than anything and shows, in a rare moment of serenity, the brothers sitting down for a nice Christmas dinner and presents.

    Overall, this was a nice episode with a feel-good ending, something that Supernatural rarely has. Now if they could get back to the plot, it would be awesome!moreless
  • The X-Mas episode.

    Supernatural finally has a Christmas special. This is the episode I have been waiting for. A holiday themed episode3. I am surprised they haven't done anything Halloween themed yet. This episode about the Pagan gods is the scariest Christmas special I have ever seen. The Pagan Gods are very chilling. Did you see the way they tortured the brothers. I love it when Sam & Dean kill them with a Christmas tree. "Merry Christmas" That was hilarious. I loved the scene at the end. The last Christmas together, plus I liked how they went to the past when Sam first found out about "monsters" Great filling for a great episode.moreless
Ridge Canipe

Ridge Canipe

Young Dean

Guest Star

Spencer Garrett

Spencer Garrett

Edward Carrigan

Guest Star

Merrilyn Gann

Merrilyn Gann

Madge Carrigan

Guest Star

Colin Ford

Colin Ford

Young Sam

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Sam was tied to the chair he was cut on the right arm, yet at the end of the episode there is no scar on his right arm, and his left is bandaged.

    • When Mrs. God was cutting Dean's arm for the second time, blood was coming out but there's no cut wound.

    • In the scene where Sam and Dean break through the Santa's house door when he is watching TV, he is holding a bottle in his left hand and a green bong in his right. When he suddenly stands up the Santa is holding the bottle in his right and the bong is gone.

    • The last victim's wife claims she was woken by her husband's screams when he was being pulled from the bed. Yet when the attack happened, she screamed as soon as the demon entered the room, and her husband never screamed.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Edward: Hear how they talk to us? (Laughs) The Gods. Listen pal, back in the day we were worshiped by millions.
      Dean: Times have changed.
      Edward: Tell me about it. All of a sudden this Jesus character is the hot new thing in town.

    • Dean: What are you talking about? We had some great Christmases.
      Sam: Whose childhood are you talking about?
      Dean: Oh, come on, Sam.
      Sam: No, just... no.
      Dean: All right, Grinch.

    • Young Sam: But Dad said the monsters under my bed weren't real.
      Young Dean: That's 'cause he'd already checked under there. But, yeah, they're real. Almost everything's real.
      Young Sam: Is Santa real?
      Young Dean: No.

    • Dean: So this is your theory, huh? Santa's shady brother?

    • (Dean to shop owner)
      Dean: We were playing Jenga over at the Walsh's the other night, and he hasn't shut up about this Christmas wreath. I don't know. (Looks over to Sam) You tell him.
      Sam: Sure. (Sam pauses to look at shop owner) It was yummy.

    • Sam: Yeah. It's pretty much like putting a neon sign on your front door, saying "Come kill us."
      Dean: Great.

    • Santa's Elf: Welcome to Santa's Court. Can I escort your child to Santa?
      Dean: Um, no. But actually, uh, my brother here, it's been a life long dream of his.
      (Sam gives confused look)
      Santa's Elf: I'm sorry, no kids over 12.
      Sam: He's just kidding. We only came here to watch.
      (Dean smirks and shakes his head)
      Santa's Elf: Ewww.

    • (Sam chuckles)
      Dean: What?
      Sam: Nothing. It's just that, well you know, Mr. Gung-Ho Christmas, might have to blow away Santa.

    • Sam: He punishes the wicked.
      Dean: By hauling their asses up the chimney.
      Sam: For starters, yeah.

    • Dean: So was I right, was it the serial killing chimney-sweep?
      Sam: Yep. It's uh, it's actually Dick Van Dyke.
      Dean: Who?
      Sam: Mary Poppins.
      Dean: Who's that?
      Sam: Oh, come on. Never mind.

    • Dean: So what the hell do you think we're dealing with?
      Sam: Actually I have an idea.
      Dean: Yeah?
      Sam: It's a, it's gonna sound crazy.
      Dean: What could you possibly say that's gonna sound crazy to me?
      Sam: Um, Evil Santa.
      Dean: Yeah, that's crazy.

    • (brothers wake tied to chairs)
      Sam: Dean, you okay?
      Dean: Yeah, I think so.
      Sam: So I guess we're dealing with "Mr. and Mrs. God," nice to know.

    • Sam: Huh, when you sacrifice to Holnacar, guess what he gives you in return?
      Dean: Lap dances, hopefully.

    • Dean: Wreaths, huh? Sure you didn't want to ask her about her shoes? I saw some nice handbags in the foyer.

    • Dean: Sam, why are you the boy that hates Christmas?

    • Dean: Christmas is Jesus' birthday.
      Sam: No, Jesus' birthday was probably in the fall. It was actually the Winter Solstice Festival that was co-opted by the church and renamed Christmas. But I mean the Yule log, the tree, even Santa's red suit, that's all remnants of Pagan worship.
      Dean: How do you know that? You gonna tell me next...the Easter Bunny's Jewish?

    • Young Dean: First thing you have to know is we have the coolest dad in the world. He's a superhero.
      Young Sam: He is?
      Young Dean: Yeah. Monsters are real. Dad fights them. He's fighting them right now.

    • Dean: She gave them to you for free? Do you sell them for free?
      Shopkeeper: No way. It's Christmas. People pay a buttload for them.
      Dean: That's the spirit.

    • Dean: (holding up Sam's presents) Look at this. Fuel for me and fuel for my baby!

    • Dean: You fudge'n touch me again, I'll fudge'n kill you!

    • Sam: I don't get it. You haven't talked about Christmas for years.
      Dean: Well, yeah. But this is my last year.
      Sam: I know. That's why I can't.
      Dean: What do you mean?
      Sam: I mean, I can't just sit around, drinking eggnog, pretending everything's okay, when I know next Christmas, you'll be dead. I just can't.

    • Sam: (getting off the phone with Bobby) Well, we're not dealing with the anti-Claus.
      Dean: What'd Bobby say?
      Sam: Uh, that we're morons.

    • Sam: Look, Dean. If you wanna have Christmas, knock yourself out. Just don't involve me.
      Dean: Oh, yeah. That'd be great. Me and myself making cranberry molds.

    • Young Sam: Is Dad a spy?
      Young Dean: He's James Bond.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: February 10, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: February 11, 2008 on Network 10
      UK: March 16, 2008 on ITV2
      Norway: July 27, 2008 on TVNorge
      Spain: October 13, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: October 26, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Portugal: December 25, 2008 on RTP 2
      Germany: February 23, 2009 on Premiere Film
      Finland: June 11, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: March 12, 2010 on Prima COOL
      The Netherlands: March 21, 2010 on Net5
      Slovakia: September 23, 2010 on Markiza

    • The network prefaced this episode with a classic "Special Presentation" graphic and the opening of a Christmas-decorated living room reminiscent of the holiday specials of The Osmonds or Andy Williams circa the 60s and 70s before the sucker punch fireplace scene.

    • Music: Silent Night by Sam & Dean, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Rosemary Clooney


    • Sam: So, I guess we're dealing with Mr. and Mrs. God.
      Referencing the children's book, Mr. and Mrs. God in the Creation Kitchen (2006), by Nancy Wood.

    • Dean: So was I right, was it the serial killing chimney-sweep?
      Referencing the Disney movie Mary Poppins (1964), starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews and based on the book by P.L. Travers. In it a magical nanny befriends two young children, and her friend is Bert the Chimneysweep.