Grouchy storeowner Ben Weaver insists that Andy lock up Jim Muggins, a moonshiner, even though it's Christmas Eve and threatens to report him if Jim is released for the holidays. Rather than spoil the big planned Christmas party, Andy comes up with an idea to save Christmas for everybody, even Ben.
The episode was made available on VHS by UAV Corporation on October 30, 1992. Later, Paramount Home Entertainment included the episode on The Andy Griffith Show: The First Season DVD set in 2004. It was also featured on the Holiday Treats: TV Sets compilation DVD, released in 2008. It was made available in high definition on The Andy Griffith Show: The First Season Blu-ray set, released on May 6, 2014. A colorized version was released on DVD on October 4, 2016.
- "Christmas Story" at TV.com
- "Christmas Story (The Andy Griffith Show)" at the Internet Movie Database
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