With the holiday season upon us, it is only fitting to share my one of my favorite television holiday episodes from The Honeymooners entitled “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It was the 13th episode from season 1 first airing on December 24, 1955.

The cast of The Honeymooners breaking the 4th wall to wish the live TV audience a Merry Christmas. (L to R) Art Carney, Joyce Randolph, Audrey Meadows, and Jackie Gleason.

Ralph pawns his new bowling ball in exchange for money to buy Alice a present. On Christmas morning, Alice hands him her gift first–a bowling bag for his new bowling ball. She insists he put his new ball in the bag, which is when Ralph confesses that he’s sold his bowling ball.

After they exchange gifts, the cast comes forward on stage and break the 4th wall to express their holiday greetings to the live TV audience….which is probably one of my favorite parts of the episode.

Here’s a few minutes from Ralph explaining the meaning of Christmas.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and prospersous 2017!

The Honeymooners ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas