Annie pops out and leaves Sam in charge of her Christmas puddings. He gets whisked off by Joe to tend to a bull. Janie and Frank fall out over where to spend Christmas when she wants to go to her mother's. Annie's annoyed to arrive back to find the puddings have boiled dry. Reverend Ruskin asks Joe if he can borrow a sheep for the church nativity play. Henry ponders whether to install a new fireplace in The Woolpack but Amos isn't keen until the sale has gone through. Reverend Ruskin is impressed with Frank's advancements on the war memorial. Janie's unimpressed with how much time and money he's spending on it. He explains that it's all a learning process. Annie invites Henry to Christmas dinner at the farm but he plans to invite Alison to The Feathers.
- Annie - Sheila Mercier
- Joe - Frazer Hines
- Matt - Frederick Pyne
- Sam - Toke Townley
- Wilks - Arthur Pentelow
- Amos - Ronald Magill
- Alison - Carolyn Moody
- Frank - Eric Allan
- Janie - Diane Grayson
- Ruskin - George Little
- The Woolpack - Public bar
- Village Store - Shop floor
- St. Mary's Church - Interior
- Beckindale Forge - Interior
- Emmerdale Farm - Farmhouse kitchen/living room, Yard, Cowshed
- Patrick Holt is credited as Verney despite not appearing in this episode.
- Daphne Green is credited as Liz despite not appearing in this episode.
- Larry Noble is credited as Ben despite not appearing in this episode.
- Barbara Ogilvie is credited as Beattie despite not appearing in this episode.
- Richard Bellerby, Alison Brook, Lawrence Christie, Roger Cowan, Heather Emmott, Andrew Hitchon, Julia Howard, Angela Metcalfe, James Metcalfe, Ginette Mitton, Michelle Mitton, Angela Sayer and David Wood are all credited as appearing in the Nativity Play, despite not appearing in this episode.
- TV Times synopsis: Like anywhere else, the people around Emmerdale are hurrying and scurrying in preparation for Christmas.
- This episode was included on the following commercial releases:
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