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Undeck the Halls 

Phil and Claire cancel Christmas for their kids until they confess to wrongdoings at the house. Jay is hesitant to celebrate Gloria and Manny's holiday traditions. Mitchell and Cameron take Lily to meet Santa.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jay Pritchett
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Mitchell Pritchett
Cameron Tucker
Head Elf (as The Greg Wilson)


Phil and Claire cancel Christmas for their kids until they confess to wrongdoings at the house. Jay is hesitant to celebrate Gloria and Manny's holiday traditions. Mitchell and Cameron take Lily to meet Santa.

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Comedy | Romance


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9 December 2009 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Getting fireworks on Christmas Eve - or at almost any time - in Southern California would not only be incredibly difficult to do, it would be illegal. Without a license, it's unlikely he would be able to purchase the types of fireworks displayed at the end. And even "safe and sane" fireworks that can be purchased by the general public, can only be sold a few days before and after July 4th. See more »


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O Christmas tree!
27 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

The Dunphys are preparing for Christmas. Phil receives a Skype-type call from his father in Florida. The whole family is prepared for the show by wearing the holiday themed sweaters they got from the Dunphys in Florida. While talking, Phil notices a burnt section of the living room couch. He interrupts the call to take care of getting to the bottom of who caused the problem. The kids are all surprised to be questioned by their father, who gets worked up thinking any of the kids was careless enough to cause the damage. Since no one knows anything about it, Phil carries out his threat, taking the Christmas tree away from the living room, ornaments and all, outside the house.

Cam and Mitchell are seen at a department store with Lily. They have taken the toddler for her first Santa photograph. The line they are in is long. As their turn comes, the Santas are changed. Instead of the jolly man they saw before, they see a man that is obviously not interested in playing the part as he is clearly seen without the fake beard. The partners are shocked. They complain about the man, who is fired from the job. As they go to their car with all the purchases, the two feel badly. As they approach their vehicle, the fake Santa comes to give them a hand. Knowing they were the cause of the man losing the job, they invite him to have dinner with them at their home. Nothing is ever mentioned as to their complaint, but the man knows they were the ones responsible for being fired. Cam who had been connected with singing carolers, saw his former group at the store, so as the fake Santa is leaving, he finds the choir outside the house. Cam's revenge comes in the way of Santa punching the man who got him fired from the choir.

At Jay and Gloria's Manny wants to keep his Colombian tradition for Christmas, a sort of April's fool kind of playing practical jokes on people and shouting "innocent" as the person realizes he's been had. Manny wants also to have fireworks, part of the tradition, but Jay does not agree with the idea.

Back at the Dunphys, the three kids decide, one at the time to confess each was the one responsible for burning the sofa. Phil and Claire decide to bring back the tree to the living room. As they assemble around the living room, the couch catches fire again. They realize the culprit is a glass ornament that triggers that reaction as the sun hits it and sends a beam to the burnt cushion in question.

Randall Einhorn directed the episode. Written by Dan O'Shannon, who has contributed to this series, as well as some of the most successful ones on television. The episode emphasizes how traditions are kept within families, even newer ones some of the members of the clan has never experienced.

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