|Directed by:||Jeff Melman|
|Written by:|| Maggie Bandur|
|Release date:||December 16, 2001|
When Malcolm and his brothers destroy their Christmas tree 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 his Grandma Ida for Christmas.
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