When Malcolm and his brothers destroy their Christmas ornaments, Lois punishes them by canceling Christmas and moving all the presents into the garage. The only way she will reinstate the holiday is if the boys behave impeccably for Christmas morning. Her plan works better than expected, and she is touched that her family responded so well to her challenge. Meanwhile, the boys decide that she could use this tactic for future holidays and retaliate by breaking into the garage and opening all the presents. Elsewhere, Francis is forced to visit Grandma Ida for Christmas.
- "Jingle Bells" (uncredited)
- "The Bells Are Ringing" - They Might Be Giants
|Christopher Kennedy Masterson||Francis|
|Erik Per Sullivan||Dewey|
|Cody Estes||Young Malcolm|
|Dillon John||Young Reese|
|Matthew Dunn||Young Dewey|