Little House on the Prairie
Season 8, Episode 811
Air date December 21, 1981
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Michael Landon
Episode Guide
Wave of the Future
No Beast so Fierce


Adam and Mary return to Walnut Grove for Christmas, and arrive at the Ingalls' just ahead of a fierce blizzard. The Ingalls, along with their friend, Hester Sue, spend the snowy Christmas Eve recalling favorite holiday memories.



  • Last appearances of Melissa Sue Anderson and Linwood Boomer.


Almanzo (while talking about a Christmas he had as a boy): There were lots of presents on Christmas morning, but none for Royal. I was sure my Pa was right, Santa Claus got mad at old Royal for poking around where he shouldn't have. Royal never said there wasn't a Santa after that. That was about the best Christmas I ever had.
Laura: And when did you stop believing in Santa Claus?
Almanzo: I never have. And you better not go poking around!

Hester Sue (while talking about how her father dressed up as Santa in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve): You know, I never knew that was Papa until years later, after he was gone. And I still have that doll wrapped and put away. It's something I will never give up.
Caroline: I can see why that's a Christmas you'll never forget.
Hester Sue: And so is this one, because I'm with people I love.

[In Hester Sue's flashback]
Young Hester Sue: We ain't never gonna get anything like that.
Mother: Now, how do you know that, missy?
Young Hester Sue: Cuz I know. Cuz Santa Claus is white.
Father: Now, who told you that?
Young Hester Sue: Everybody knows that.
Father: I don't. Why, Santa Claus lives all the way in the North Pole.
Young Hester Sue: Then who was that in the store?
Father: That was just a man pretending. Why, nobody knows what the real Santa looks like.
Young Hester Sue: I do. He's a big jolly man, with a white beard and a white face. That's why we ain't never gonna get nothing good for Christmas!

[In Hester Sue's flashback]
Boy 2: Wishing is all you can do.
Boy 1: How do you know? I've been good!
Boy 2: You think Santa Claus cares if you're good?
Boy 1: Sure he does.
Boy 2: You'll learn when you get older. Santa don't bring nothing like that to black children. It's all for the whites.
Boy 1: How do you know that?
Boy 2: Just look at him! He's a white man! He takes care of his own.

[In Caroline's flashback]
Caroline's Mother: Caroline, darling, I can't stand to see you feeling this way.
Caroline: I miss Pa so bad.
Caroline's Mother: I know. So do I.
Caroline: No you don't! How could you miss Pa?
Caroline's Mother: Caroline...
Caroline: How could you miss him at all, and marry somebody else?
Caroline's Mother: Your stepfather is...
Caroline: Don't call him that! He'll never be my stepfather! I hate him!
Caroline's Mother: Don't say that!
Caroline: I do! I hate him!
Caroline's Mother: The other children don't feel that way.
Caroline: Yes they do! They're just afraid to say it!
Caroline's Mother: That's not true! Frederick is a fine man!
Frederick (walks in from the rain, smiling): I'm absolutely soaked.
(Caroline runs to her room)
Caroline's Mother: Frederick, I'm so sorry.
Frederick: She'll get over it.
Caroline's Mother: I'm not so sure she will.

Charles: You know what? I'm glad we got snowed in. I mean, what more can a man ask for? A beautiful morning, a house full of loved ones and a brand-new scarf.
Caroline: Charles Ingalls! You peeked?
Charles: Well, of course I did. You're always telling me I act like a child.


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