‘Family Matters’ Christmas Special Review

Chase Petty, Writer

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In the Christmas classic television episode essentials list, the Family Matters series falls near the top. The two most recognizable episodes are “Christmas is Where the Heart is” and “Have Yourself a Merry Winslow Christmas”. These both feature a heart warming story of peoples connections with each other on the holidays rather than a materialistic outlook on the widely commercialized holiday.

In the first episode, Carl and Steve get trapped on a subway together with other passengers after a power outage on Christmas Eve. As many would be, the people on the subway became ill content with the fact of being trapped on a subway on arguably the biggest day of the year. Carl is especially upset to be trapped with Steve, as they are usually seen as arch rivals throughout the series. Through the time that the passengers had spent with each other, including Steve and Carl, they were forced to find the things that they loved about each other, as usual this was initiated by Steve. This theme truly embodies the the title of this episode “Christmas is Where the Heart is” as we find that Christmas is truly found in the ones that you love and cherish.

In the second, we see Steve Urkel, as usual, messes things up for the Winslows, but this time on Christmas Day. He begins it by breaking a favorite family ornament passed down generation to generation. Then he takes his blunders even further, as he promises Richie that Santa will bring him the best toy around. Which is not likely at such late notice. Later, the Winslows find out why that Steve was even over there in the first place; it was due to his parents leaving him behind at home. The family then feels bad for him and consoles him and brings him in as part of their Winslow Christmas. After all in the end, the story ended on a good positive note that Steves blunders were forgiven and reconciled through the warm hearts of a Christmas spirit in a family that is all in for one of their own who is not quite theirs.

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