In black-and-white, a suburban housewife (Kristen Bell) walks down the staircase. It changes to color once she reaches the last step. Her husband (Dax Shepard) jingles the lights. She twists a bulb while glancing over her children at their children (Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff and Caleb McLaughlin) wrapping presents at the kitchen table. She asks them how it’s going and they grin. Then, she tells “Santa’s coming soon!”
She spins as she grabs some milk out of the refrigerator, licks some frosting on her finger and stirs. Meanwhile, their children open the door and greet their grandparents (Henry Winkler and Susan Lucci). They hug. She talks on the phone and adds some finishing touches to her cakes.
She places the Christmas tree cake on the table and pats the chair. The dog leaps into his spot. She sticks in the knife in the mashed potatoes while her father helps her husband with the lights. Her father untangles them and they shake.
Santa (J.B. Smoove) slides down the chimney and hands out gifts to everyone. A series of relatives enter the door, handing her their coats. Santa dances in the kitchen and sneaks in some champagne.
Family and friends dance by the Christmas tree. Santa steals the cookies. She holds up the mistletoe and kisses her husband. Everyone claps.
There is no place like home for the holidays. Every year, the extended family gathers at the Furler home. The young housewife’s father carves the turkey. She prepares a full course meal with green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes. There are desserts galore.
The young housewife adores her bumbling husband, who attempts to fix things but ends up needing her help. Her children are well-behaved and even at the age of 13, they still believe in Santa Claus. They will always be her babies and she plans to keep it that way.
A family friend usually comes over as Santa and hands out gifts. However, Santa stays away from the wholesome festivities of dancing and caroling. He prefers to steal the cookies and drink the champagne stocked in a hidden cabinet.
Every year, she falls back into bed with her husband, declaring it has been the most joyous of the seasons. She yawns, commenting all the work was worth it and then snores in the pillow. He tiptoes downstairs to put out the presents.
Director: N/A Year: 2017