Carl's "Bah Humbug" attitude to put up any decorations outside his house, stemmed from last year when everyone in his neighborhood laughed at him for his Nativity scene display, while they praised Steve's Santa Claus is Comin' to Town display. When one of his poker buddies mentions there are prizes involved, he enlists Steve's help while keeping him unaware that he had entered the contest himself.
Eddie and Laura decide that they are too busy with their social lives to help Harriette decorate the tree, which was always a family tradition. This disheartens her as she is forced to put up the tree by herself and angers Estelle.
On the Winslow roof, Steve's display goes out of control, causing him and Carl to pose as them coming to town in costume. The truth is revealed by Carl that he entered the contest to win the prize money. The roof gives way and they fall through it.
Meanwhile, Estelle decides to teach Eddie and Laura a lesson for refusing to participate in any holiday activities with Harriette by not making her special gingerbread cookies. Eddie asks her for them, which she tells them she will not make them this year because of their actions got her thinking they are too old for that stuff. He tells her they were waiting for that for a long time. Laura tells Estelle that Harriette did a good job on the tree by herself, which she snaps. She tells them that is exactly what it was and their selfishness got them what they deserved. She also mentions that had they helped Harriette with the decorations, it would have been Christmas. Immediately, they see the error of their ways and decides to help her out with the decorations.
In the kitchen, an angry Steve sets Carl straight by telling him that he besmirched Christmas for wanting to win the prize money rather than making kids happy. He tells him that he only cared about having more money and calls him a greedy grinch as a result. He sees the error of his ways and apologizes for his selfishness in lying to him about the whole contest. Steve tells him to repair the roof and make the Christmas spectacular.
The episode is available on the Family Matters: The Complete 7th Season manufacture-on-demand DVD set, released by Warner Archive on July 26, 2016.
- "Have Yourself a Merry Winslow Christmas"
- "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Urkel"
- "Christmas is Where the Heart is"
- "Miracle on Elm Street"
- "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
- "Deck the Malls"