Grandma's Christmas Visit
The Parker’s grandma comes for a Christmas visit, in the middle of an elaborate Christmas celebration cooked up by Eugene and Connie. The Parker family parents wonder if it’s possible to have a Christmas without stress.
The gang at Whit's End are trying a new tradition. First, they act out Mary and Joseph looking for an inn-with the director yelling orders. Then they go on to the "Let's make a White Elephant Deal" game show, in which Matthew gets an 8 track tape and a quarter worth over $100, Camilla gets used socks and a gift card for the mall for $20, and Emily Jones gets a cereal box and a necklace.
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- Like the gang in Odyssey, do we ever get caught up in holidays and traditions without giving glory to God?
- Should we let the stress and pressure around Christmas effect us?
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- The original title for this episode was "The White Elephant Gift."
- This was the first Christmas episode since #582: “Silent Night”.
- Eugene previously changed the Whit's End bell in #52: “Connie, Part 2”.
- Matthew's 1932 S Washington Quarter, true to Eugene's representation, would be worth around $174 if in average condition.
- The final music cue to this episode contains the iconic first four notes to the chorus of "Joy to the World".
- The KYDS Radio game show Let's Make a White Elephant Deal is a reference to the long-running game show Let's Make a Deal. After Whit introduces him, Eugene refers to Whit as "Jay", a reference to Jay Stewart, the narrator of Let's Make a Deal from 1964-1977.
- Christian Decor, the designer of Olivia's Mary costume, is a reference to fashion designer Christian Dior.
- Eugene refers to Matthew as the "Whiz kid of Menlo Street"; this is an allusion to Thomas Edison's nickname: the Wizard of Menlo Park.
QuotesConnie Kendall: Ready...set...Feliz Navidaaad!
David Parker: Sorry, darling. There's no steamer in here.
Eva Parker: And I'm running out of steam.
Matthew Parker: Grandma! I mean, Nanna! I mean, innkeeper! Innkeeper! Let us in!
Connie Kendall: And then we exchanged white elephant gifts.
Matthew Parker: You exchanged white elephants? Did you grow up in a zoo?