"How the Griffin Stole Christmas" is the fifth Christmas episode of the FOX animated sitcom Family Guy, produce and aired as the ninth episode of its fifthteenth season. The title itself is a reference to Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.


When Christmas comes around Quahog, the Griffins, after watching How David Lynch Stole Christmas, decide to go sledding instead of attending church. Mayor Adam West, at first, bans sledding from Quahog. After a fight with Peter Griffin, he renounces the decision. When sledding, the Griffins go sledding on the dining room table, except for Lois who protests that the table has been in her family for generations. The family however go sledding on it while wearing go-pro cameras, but they get injured when hitting the bottom and subsequently destroy the table. When going to the mall to replace the table, Chris wants to sit on Santa's lap despite the fact that he is in high school. Upon seeing the long line, Peter complains to a mall patron who reveals that their current mall Santa is a drunk. Seeing how Peter looks, the patron decides to hire him as a substitute.

Meanwhile, Stewie discovers that Brain has been crashing office Christmas parties for free alcohol and is about to attend one. When attending a party, he tries to impress a girl, but it fails. Stewie arrives to survey how Brian is failing at his malingering, but decides to stay at seeing the free food. During Christmas parties they attend at the printer company Printex, Stewie makes a stir that pleases the employees and the employer who gives him a job.

After one of his shifts ends, Peter goes to purchase a burrito, but the cashier gives it to him for free, making Peter discover that he can have his way at the mall as Santa. He decides to stay until Christmas, much to Lois's skeptism. Peter begins using his disguise as Santa to gain leverage against other people, like a meter maid, a music conductor, and getting spaghetti at a strip club while intoxicated. When he passes out after exiting the strip club called the Fuzzy Clam, he wakes up and meets the actual Santa who is crossed with him for abusing Santa's name and making him look like a jerk. Peter brushes him off and takes some of the spaghetti home for dinner, but Santa decides to put a strike on Peter as he quotes "You better watch out." One of Santa's elves was seen exiting the Fuzzy Clam and goes the other way upon seeing Santa. Santa starts by sending some forged texts to Joe Swanson by going with him to Build-a-Bear Workshop. Peter counteracts by replacing one of Santa's reindeer with a real reindeer, but it backfires when the elf with Santa cuts the real reindeer loose and it falls through the Griffin family's roof and onto their dinner table. The next day, Peter receives a box containing Meg Griffin's farts and calls Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe over. When Peter looks into it, something happens to Peter's face.

At Printex, Stewie discovers that his riot has gotten a woman fired when he checked to see if her Internet is slow. Stewie soon realizes that working in an office is not all great, so he decides to spread some holiday cheer by giving out some $11,000.00 checks to the other employees before resigning from the office.

Outside the Drunken Clam, Peter sees Santa's sleigh and decides to hijack it. As Peter writes "Wash Me" on the dirty part, he discovers too later that it was a trap as Santa strangles him with his belt. Santa withdraws when Peter agrees to stop wearing the suit. After Peter apologizes to Santa, Santa gives him a Penthouse magazine he found in the woods when he was 12 years old. When Peter commented that he must've been a terrible Santa portrayer, Santa states that someone else was worse than him as he shows a magazine where it's cover has Bill Cosby dressed as Santa. Santa then leaves and as Peter waves goodbye to him. He narrates that he forgot about that Christmas as a result of a drunken hangover that took his family to restrain him.



Voice actor/actress Character(s)
Seth MacFarlane Peter Griffin
Brian Griffin
Stewie Griffin
Glenn Quagmire
Santa Claus
Alex Borstein Lois Griffin
Seth Green Chris Griffin
Mila Kunis Meg Griffin
Mike Henry Cleveland Brown
Ava Acres Girl
Max Charles Kid
Ralph Garman
David Goodman
Christine Lakin Woman at Party
David Lynch Himself
Kate McKinnon Farmer's Date
Ty Simpkins Little Drummer Boy
Alec Sulkin Jesus Christ
Ursula Taherian Gina Devereaux
Fred Tatasciore Quahog Concert Hall Announcer
Josh Robert Thompson
Jennifer Tilly Bonnie Swanson
John Viener
Patrick Warburton Joe Swanson
Adam West Mayor Adam West
Nickie Bryar (uncredited) Various

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20th Century Studios
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Television episodes and specials
Live-action shows
M*A*S*H "Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve"
Tracey Ullman "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip"
The X Files "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas"
Malcolm in the Middle "Christmas" • "Christmas Trees" • "Pearl Harbor" • "Hal's Christmas Gift
Bones "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "The Goop on the Girl"
How I Met Your Mother "How Lily Stole Christmas" • "Little Minnesota" • "False Positive" • "Symphony of Illumination" • "The Over-Correction" • "The Final Page, Part 1" • "The Final Page, Part 2"
Glee "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "Glee, Actually" • "Previously Unaired Christmas"
New Girl "The 23rd" • "Santa" • "LAXmas" • "Christmas Eve Eve"
The Mindy Project "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" • "Christmas Party Sex Trap" • "Christmas" • "When Mindy Met Danny"
Last Man Standing "Last Christmas Standing" • "Putting a Hit on Christmas" • "Elfie" • "Wedding Planning" • "Gift of the Wise Man"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Christmas" • "The Pontiac Bandit Returns" • "Yippie Kayak" • "Captain Latvia"
The Moodys "Pilot" • "Episode Two" • "Episode Three" • "Episode Four" • "Episode Five" • "Episode Six"
Other shows "Christmas Story" • "The Worst Noel" • "Amends" • "Blue Christmas" • "A Christmas Story" • "Cookies for Santa" • "In God We Trust" • "Road to Tradition" • "Afternoon Delight" • "Christmas" • "The Glitch That Stole Christmas" • "Secret Santa"
Animated shows and specials
The Simpsons "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season" • "Bobby, It's Cold Outside" • "The Way of The Dog" • "A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas"
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Ninety North, Zero West" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas" • "Santa, Schmanta" • "Christmas is Coming" • "Yule. Tide. Repeat." • "The First No L"
Futurama "Xmas Story" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular"
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled" • "Have Yourself a Maily Linda Christmas" • "Yachty or Nice"
Other cartoons "Hook's Christmas" • "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other ReindeerIce Age: A Mammoth Christmas • "The War on Grafelnik" • "Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard"
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