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Christmas Who?
Season №: 2
Episode №: 28
Airdate: December 6, 2000
Running time: 22 minutes
Writer(s): Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Doug Lawrence
Main: Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Chris Headrick
Erik Wiese
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Life of Crime"
Next: "Survival of the Idiots"
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"Christmas Who?" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Sandy tells SpongeBob about Christmas traditions, and he then tells everybody in Bikini Bottom about Christmas.



Patchy Prologue

It's nearly Christmas in Encino, California and Patchy the Pirate, president of the SpongeBob SquarePants Fan Club, is deep in preparations for the holiday. With the help of his un-eager assistant, Potty the Parrot, Patchy sets pictures of SpongeBob and Patrick on the mantelpiece, puts up his various SpongeBob-themed ornaments, and bakes Christmas cookies. Patchy also takes time to open a letter from a fan, who asks if SpongeBob likes Christmas as much as he does. Patchy remarks that there was once a time when Christmas in Bikini Bottom was unheard of, and decides to tell the tale.

Christmas Who?

Outside Sandy's Treedome, SpongeBob is dressed in his karate gear and preparing to take Sandy by surprise. Inside, Sandy is putting up Christmas lights, which SpongeBob mistakes for a fire and tries to put out with sea water. After recovering from the drenching, Sandy is shocked to find out that SpongeBob has never heard of Christmas and tells him all about it.


"Just like a genie!"

Later, at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob passes the story of Christmas on to Patrick, Squidward and Mr. Krabs. Everyone in Bikini Bottom, except Squidward, is excited at the prospect of Santa Claus bearing gifts, and they all, except Squidward, put their Christmas wishes into bottles, which are then shot up to the surface for Santa to receive. In the days leading up to Christmas, the people of Bikini Bottom heartily celebrate, and on Christmas Eve, they stand in front of the large decorated coral tree and sing, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa. Squidward, refusing to believe in Christmas, takes no part in any of the mirth.

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"Gee, Squidward, maybe Santa will bring me a dictionary so I can understand what you just said."

The people continue to sing until morning, when Santa has failed to arrive. Everyone leaves in bitter disappointment and SpongeBob becomes very depressed. Squidward comes out at last, laughing and scoffing at SpongeBob's humiliation, and even takes a photo to commemorate the occasion. As SpongeBob sadly trudges away, he hands Squidward a present. Squidward, still skeptical, opens it to find a hand-carved driftwood clarinet. Squidward sees clearly how SpongeBob has only been trying to make everyone happy, and how much of a jerk he himself has been in comparison. To atone for his behavior, he dresses up as Santa and presents himself to SpongeBob. This delights and amazes SpongeBob, who thanks "Santa" for bringing Christmas to Bikini Bottom. Squidward replies that it was not he, but rather SpongeBob, who truly brought Christmas to Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob faints from joy, and Gary carries him home.

Squidward prepares to take the costume off, but is approached by a little girl, asking him for a present. SpongeBob suddenly appears beside her, assuring her that Santa will make her wish come true. Out of desperation, Squidward gives the child a wrench from his house, which pleases her greatly. He momentarily feels touched, until a crowd of people arrives expecting gifts as well, coercing him into giving away everything he owns. After sending the ecstatic SpongeBob off once more, Squidward wonders if he's gone insane for the lengths he's gone to in preserving SpongeBob's dream. Squidward then discovers a note on his doorstep, a message from Santa thanking him for his help and commending him for being a "good boy." He looks up in time to see the real Santa Claus riding away in his sleigh. The dumbfounded Squidward remarks, "Yep, I'm insane," and goes back inside, playing his new clarinet.

Patchy Epilogue

After finishing his story, Patchy has to deal with Potty perching on his head. However, it turns out the parrot merely laid him a gift of good will, which warms Patchy's heart. Patchy then proceeds to step under the mistletoe, inviting the ladies to come by for a smooch, only for Potty to start swooping after him. With Patchy preoccupied, the narrator rounds things off by wishing a "Good night, and Happy Holidays" to all.




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Deleted Scenes

4 scenes (or lines) were deleted. They all can be found on the Christmas DVD in the special features on the Christmas Who? storyboard.

  • Squidward (as Santa) gave the first girl a Squidward antique instead of a wrench.
  • While waiting in line for Santa (as Squidward), Mr. Krabs had a deleted line in this episode. He said "And don't forget about me pony!" This was cut for unknown reasons.
  • After Squidward gives the first girl the gift, SpongeBob says "I told ya he was real!" enthusiastically.
  • When they sing "This Christmas Feels Like The Very First Christmas To Me," instead of Plankton (cameoed this episode) and Mr. Krabs singing together, two Bikini Bottomites sing together.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song - Stephen Hillenburg, Derek Drymon, Eban Schletter [intro]
  Happy Christmas Medley - David Snell ["And now, direct from Encino..."]
  Santa's on His Way - David Snell [Patchy wrapping presents]
  Festive Medley - David Snell [fan mail]
  Jingle Bells - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer ["Fire!"]
  Dramatic Cue (c) - Ronald Hanmer ["Don't worry, Sandy, I'm coming!"]
  Jingle Bells (d) - Simon Benson [Sandy's Christmas tree]
  Sugar Plum Fairy 59 - Richard A. Harvey [Sandy telling SpongeBob about Christmas]
  Jingle Bells - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [at the Krusty Krab]
  In Dulci Jubilo - Ib Glindemann [SpongeBob writes his letter]
  Sleigh-Ride - David Snell [shooting bottles to the surface]
  The Very First Christmas - Paul Tibbitt, Peter Straus
  Christmas Morning - David Snell [Patchy continues his story]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [sending the last letter]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob realizes Squidward hasn't written a letter yet]
  ? - Brad Carow [clarinet music]
  Deck the Halls - Chris Payne [SpongeBob tries to write a letter for Squidward]
  Jingle Bells - "Santa's coming tonight, tonight..."
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Uh... he should be here any minute."]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [everyone leaves]
  Jingle Bells - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Never trust a genie."]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [Squidward making fun of SpongeBob]
  Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["You were right, Squidward."]
  Yuletide Medley - David Snell [SpongeBob made Squidward a clarinet]
  Sugar Plum Fairy 59 - Richard A. Harvey [Squidward pushes button on clarinet]
  Yuletide Medley - David Snell ["This is the greatest gift I have ever gotten."]
  Kamakani (b) - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob taking decorations off his house]
  ? ["Huh? Hello? Who's there?"]
  Joy to the World - Alec Gould [Squidward dressed as Santa Claus]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Up here, you dunce!"]
  Sleigh Bells - David Arnold [sleigh bells]
  Joy to the World - Alec Gould ["Yes, it is I, Santa Claus!"]
  Christmas Party - David Snell [SpongeBob stammering]
  ? - little girl asks for a present
  Deck the Halls - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward deciding what to give her]
  The Nutcracker - Ballet Suite Op 71A - Peter Tchaikovsky, George Wilson [Squidward giving away his stuff]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [Squidward takes off the Santa costume]
  Jingle Bells - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob at the door]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh? What's this?"]
  Jingle Bell Swing - Ib Glindemann [letter from Santa]
  ? - Brad Carow [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Happy Christmas Medley - David Snell [ending]
  We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [closing credits]




  • At the beginning of this episode, in the opening theme song, Painty the Pirate has a wreath around him and instead of saying the usual line, "Are you ready kids" he says, "Ready for Christmas kids?"
  • This is the first double-length SpongeBob episode.
  • DirecTV names this episode as "Patchy the Pirate Presents the SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas Special."
  • This is the first Christmas-themed episode. The second was "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" Every primary character (in addition to PearlKaren, and Mrs. Puff) appears again in that episode.
  • "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" premiered on Nickelodeon exactly 12 years after this episode aired.
  • This is the first episode to show Patrick with his one tooth (when he says "just like a genie"). Patrick's single tooth would later appear in more episodes and heavily used in season 5 episodes.
  • This is the second time Squidward feels guilty about bullying SpongeBob and apologizes to him. The first was in "Fools in April."
  • This is the third episode where SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Plankton, and Gary (the main characters) all appear in the same episode. The first was in "Culture Shock" and the second was in "Sleepy Time."
  • On the Season Two DVD, Patchy's line at the beginning of the second half of the episode, "It's about time you got back! (Holds up a SpongeBob Christmas decoration) Now I can finish me story! (Scene cuts close to the decoration)," is cut due to there being no commercials on the DVD.
  • This, along with "Can You Spare a Dime?," "Have You Seen This Snail?," "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?," "Hide and Then What Happens?," "Are You Happy Now?," "What's Eating Patrick?," and "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" are the only episodes to end in a question mark (?).
  • The cookie dough Patchy made was actually mashed potatoes.
  • If the viewer takes the episode frame by frame, the fan letter's envelope briefly states that the letter is from "Mike Miller."
  • In some versions, the part when the puppeteer controlling Potty falls is cut.
  • When Sandy was acting out Christmas to SpongeBob, at one point, she looked like The Road Runner character from Looney Tunes.
  • The part where Patrick says "Just like a genie" has been an Internet sensation.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick vandalized Squidward's property in this episode, as they cut down his tree, and decorated his house without permission.
  • When Plankton throws away the fruitcake given to him by Mr. Krabs, it is poking fun at how unpopular fruitcake is in the human world.
  • During the song "The Very First Christmas," Mr. Krabs' falsetto voice was done by Dee Bradley Baker, because Clancy Brown could not hit the high notes.
  • When the fish were sending their letters to Santa, one fish said "I hope he can read Portuguese." However, it is unknown if he was heard speaking that language from Portugal.
  • In the Brazilian dubbing of this episode, the dialogue "I hope he can read Portuguese" was changed to "I hope he can understand my calligraphy," because Portuguese is the language spoken in Brazil.
  • The music on the record player that Squidward has while he pretends to play with his clarinet, is the same song he played in "Bubblestand."
  • The reason Santa didn't come to Bikini Bottom is because the citizens didn't go to sleep on Christmas Eve, and it is said that Santa only comes when people are asleep. However, a later episode "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" contradicts this fact.
  • The Snowman that appears in this episode looks a lot like the Sandman that the children were making in "Prehibernation Week."
  • It is rather odd that Squidward had a Santa suit, as Christmas was only introduced the day before. This seems to imply that Squidward made the Santa suit himself.
  • When Squidward feels guilty for bullying SpongeBob, he says "I feel like a..." and a picture of a donkey appears. This is a subliminal message that Squidward feels like a donkey. A similar instance of this joke being used is in "Fools in April."
  • Squidward saw Santa on his sleigh at the end, but it should be impossible for Santa to be able to breathe underwater. This could be why Bikini Bottom never heard about Christmas (Except Sandy, since she is a land animal).
    • And, instead of him singing the opening, a female chorus sings the intro. Also, the logo card was changed to a Christmas title card.
  • Patchy pretended that SpongeBob and Patrick go to Christmas Island, a real territory of Australia.
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Jakie święta?" translating to "What Christmas?"
  • In the Croatian dub, the episode name is "Božić, što je to?" translating to "Christmas, what is that?"
  • In "Jellyfishing" when Squidward came home Patrick yelled "Merry Christmas!" but he did not know what Christmas was until this episode. This seems to suggest that "Jellyfishing" took place after this.
  • This episode most likely took place before "Sandy's Rocket" since SpongeBob wore a Santa hat to bed in that episode, which indicates that Christmas had already been brought to Bikini Bottom by the time of that episode.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick don't know Christmas in this episode, however, in "The Secret Box," Patrick hides an embarrassing photo of SpongeBob at a Christmas party. A possible reason for this is that this episode may have took place before "The Secret Box." Also, "The Secret Box" was made and aired after "Christmas Who?"
  • This episode takes place after "Single Cell Anniversary" because in that episode Plankton did not know how to sing a song while in this episode he already knows how to sing.
  • This is the last episode where Nancy Suzy Fish is seen with nostrils.

Cultural references

  • A little girl told SpongeBob that she wanted front teeth for Christmas. This is a reference to the song "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth."
  • The title is a later reduction on the holiday film Santa Who?.
  • Patchy says "That SpongeBob makes me as jolly as a Roger." This is a reference to the pirate flag called the Jolly Roger.


  • At the beginning, it was sunset, but when Sandy plugs in her tree, it is suddenly night.
  • Sandy was seen putting up Christmas lights at the beginning, even though she hibernates in winter. In "Bubble Buddy," Sandy does hibernate during Bikini Bottom's spring, so when it was winter in Bikini Bottom, it was still autumn for Sandy, therefore it was not time for Sandy to hibernate.
    • It's possible that Sandy didn't want to hibernate through Christmas.
  • Towards the end of the sequence where Sandy was telling SpongeBob about Christmas, bubbles were shown when she was moving. This is impossible, as they were in the air filled treedome.
  • A few seconds after Patrick says "Like a Genie," his eyebrows turn red for a split second as he blinks.
  • When SpongeBob gave Patrick his second sheet of paper, his black shoes are transparent.

Crossed eyed girl

  • The girl who asked for front teeth is crossed eyed in one scene.
  • During the song, where they are showing Squidward his new decorated house, SpongeBob's house next-door is missing.
  • When Mr. Krabs gives Plankton the fruitcake, it is sunset in the evening. However, when the fruitcake lands in the trash, it is instantly night.
  • At first, Patrick was on the coral tree but when it was daytime, he wasn't there anymore. Patrick must've fallen off the tree.
  • When Squidward (dressed as Santa) was talking to SpongeBob, his eyelids briefly changed color for a split second to a lighter teal.
  • When SpongeBob said "Where's your reindeer, and your flying machine?" Squidward had two legs instead of four.
  • Harold's white shirt and shorts turn black in a few scenes.

    Black clothes

  • SpongeBob's tie is invisible in the sequence leading up to the picture being taken, and in the physical picture.
  • The photograph that Squidward took when SpongeBob was crying due to the fact of Santa not coming has multiple errors, when Squidward holds the photo the background around it is sand instead of snow; in the photo, the background is not the winter sky or snow, it is the typical sky that is seen in the other episodes, even though the coral tree is still visible. SpongeBob's tie is also invisible, possibly from the drooping nose.
  • Although Santa traditionally has 8 reindeers, (9 counting Rudolph) only 4 are seen or possibly the other four are next to the four seen.


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