"Fa La La La Laagghh!" is the fifth Christmas episode of the ABC sitcom Family Matters, aired in the show's seventh season.


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 Coming 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 decides 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 their grandmother, 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 sees 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.

See also

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas in ConnecticutGremlinsNational Lampoon's Christmas VacationJack FrostNational Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island AdventureThe Year Without a Santa ClausFred ClausA Christmas Story 2
New Line Cinema ElfThe Nativity StoryFour ChristmasesA Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Live-action television episodes
Friends and Joey "The One With Phoebe's Dad" • "The One Where Rachel Quits" • "The One With the Girl from Poughkeepsie" • "The One With the Inappropriate Sister" • "The One With the Routine" • "The One With the Holiday Armadillo" • "The One With the Creepy Holiday Card" • "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" • "Joey and the Plot Twist" • "Joey and the Christmas Party"
DC Comics "Season's Greedings" • "Home is Where the Hurt Is" • "Twas the Night Before Mxymas" • "Lexmas" • "Gemini" • "Year's End" • "Three Ghosts"
Other shows "A Semi-Merry Christmas" • "Mel, the Magi" • "Mel's Christmas Carol" • "'Tis the Season to Be Jealous" • "A Christmas Story" (Growing Pains) • "A Christmas Story" (Just the Ten of Us) • "Santa on the Lam" • "Miracle on Elm Street" • "The Christmas Show" • "Fa La La La Laagghh!" • "The Man Who Canceled Christmas" • "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" • "Deck the Malls" • "Christmas Day-Ja Vu" • "A Country Christmas" • "How the Finch Stole Christmas" • "Meet the Cuban Parents" • "Christmas Punch" • "A Clear and Presentless Danger" • "George Is Being Elfish and Christ-Misses His Family" • "Santa's Secret Stuff" • "A Very Supernatural Christmas" • "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" • "Christmas" (The Middle) • "It's Beginning to Stink a Lot Like Christmas" • "The Maternal Congruence" • "Jolly Red Elf" • "The World Ain't Over 'Till It's Over" • "The Santa Simulation" • "Give Santa a Tail-Hole" • "Home for Christmas"
Animated productions
Looney Tunes and related shows The Shanty Where Santy Claus LivesBedtime for SnifflesGift WrappedBugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales • "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special" • "'Twas the Day Before Christmas" • "Jingle Boo" • "The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert" • "A Christmas Plotz" • "Little Drummer Warners" • "No Time for Christmas" • "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" • "It Happened One Night Before Christmas" • "In Arms Way" • "The Twelve Days of Christmas" • Christmas Eve with Yakko, Wakko & Dot • "Noel" • "The Christmas Tree" • "The Banks of the Delaware River" • "Feather Christmas" • "Yule Be Sorry" • "Christmas in July" • Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas • "A Christmas Carol" • "Tis the Seasoning"
DC Comics "Christmas With the Joker" • "Holiday Knights" • "Frozen Out" • "Comfort and Joy" • "Storybook Holiday" • "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" • "Second Christmas" • "The True Meaning of Christmas" • "Teen Titans Save Christmas"
Hanna-Barbera co-productions "A Dickens of a Christmas" • A Scooby-Doo! Christmas • "Ho Ho Horrors" • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleScooby-Doo! Haunted HolidaysTom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers • "The Plight Before Christmas" • "Scary Christmas" • "Scroogey Doo" • "It's a Wacky Life" • "Dashing Thru the Snow"
Other cartoons "Yuletide and Redtide" • "The Match Before Xmas" • The Polar ExpressA Miser Brothers' Christmas • "Da Grinchy Code / Duck" • "FROST / Undercover Claus" • "Fantastic Four Christmases / Red and White Collar" • Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas • "Top of the Naughty List"
Have Yourself a Looney Tunes ChristmasA Hip-Hopera ChristmasMerry Christmas: Animaniacs & Looney TunesThe Looney Tunes Kwazy ChristmasA Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas