"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 home, stemmed from last year when everyone in his neighborhood laughed at him for his Nativity Scene display, while they praised Urkel's Santa Claus is Coming To Town display. When one of his poker buddies mentions there are prizes involved, he enlists the help of Steve 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 their mother as she is forced to put up the tree by herself and angers their grandmother, Estelle.

On top of the Winslow Roof, Steve's Santa Claus and Elf goes out of control, causing the men 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 both Steve and him falls through the roof.

Meanwhile, Mother Winslow 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 her cookies, 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 Mother Winslow that their mother did a good job on the tree by herself, which their grandmother snaps. Estelle 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 their mother out with the decorations.

In the Kitchen, an angry Urkel 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. Carl 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 Chrismas 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.

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