The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 11

Christmas Story

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 19, 1960 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Andy and Ellie sing Away In A Manger together.

    • This is the series' only Christmas episode.

    • This is a rare (if not the only time) you see the folks in Mayberry wearing jackets/gloves and hats. Instead of the perpetual summer of Mayberry, we actually see cold weather.

    • This is the first appearance of shrewd, scroogy businessman Ben Weaver.

    • Barney gets a Christmas card from Hilda May, an early girlfriend before he and Thelma Lou became more of a steady couple.

    • Andy and Barney have to search for the bulb that short-circuited all the lights on the tree, back in the days when one bad bulb knocked out all the others.

  • Quotes

    • (talking to Aunt Bee on the phone)
      Andy: No, I don't wanna be Santy Claus again this year, I was last year … What? Barney? Well, I reckon I could tell Opie that Santy Claus has been on a diet. I still think he's a might skinny for the job, but I'll give it a try.

    • Andy: There's more than one way to pluck a buzzard.

    • (peeking in from the window, Ben falls down)
      Andy: Santy Claus, did you park your reindeers out in the back?
      Barney: Huh?
      Andy: It just sounds like that Donner and Blitzen and Rudolph ain't a-gettin' along too good! Maybe I better go see what's rilin' 'em.

    • Ben: It's disgraceful, that's what it is, disgraceful! A - A prison is - is for punishin', not for picnickin'.
      Andy: Well, now, I always thought that a prison was a place for teachin' wrongdoers to get back on the path. Ain't that right?
      Ben: Well, yes, but ya …
      Andy: Sam, you figure on doin' any more moonshinin' when you get out?
      Sam: No-o-o-o, Sheriff.
      Andy: Now, ya see, it's a-workin' already.

  • Notes

    • Actress Margaret Kerry, the model for Tinkerbell in Walt Disney's 1953 animated classic, Peter Pan (in which she also voiced and modeled the Mermaid), is almost mute in this episode. However, in her long career as a voice actress, motivational speaker and radio host, Margaret voiced over 48 characters in some 600 animated features - most notably in the ground-breaking animated series, Clutch Cargo (1959), which also featured fellow "Andy Griffith" alum and master voice actor, Hal Smith.

    • Ben mentions that he sells spirits in his department store and that moonshiners like Jim cut in on his business. However, it is often said that Mayberry is a dry county, meaning no alcohol sales are permitted. However, it is perfectly legal to make liquor for personal consumption (in small quantities), it's just illegal to sell it. So, technically, Jim Muggins didn't break the law.

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