Can you imagine seeing this on network television in 2012? Sure, almost EVERY show (even dramas) capitalizes on Christmas themes, but it's always with non-Christian themes involving lost or hidden presents, food, helping a poor person out, etc. I'm not disparaging those efforts, just pointing out that anything to do with the Christian faith is removed from most if not all of network television holiday programming. All I am attempting to do is point out a trend. (And speaking as a "former" Catholic - I don't practice the faith). I find this sad for many reasons, however.
One of my favorite shows from the past was ThirtySomething. The lead character, Michael Steadman, was Jewish. There were a handful of episodes that revolved around Michael's faith and how he dealt with his religious holidays. I found them to be great episodes and also a learning experience on Jewish culture (to the degree you can get cultured from a TV program).
Point is, in the resolve to attempt not to "offend" all people, we have homogenized holiday-themed programming to the point that the holiday is nothing more than a backdrop - product placement if you will.
I digress - I give this episode an 8-10 as it's funny and touching. If you're a child of the late-60's and early 70's, it's also very nostalgic.