A Christmas With the Bradys

It's a Brady holiday reunion in HGTV's 'A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition' -- as the Brady house gets decorated for the season with help from Jasmine Roth and Food Network's 'Pioneer Woman', Ree Drummond.

December 16, 2019

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Home for the Holidays

Brady cast members gather at the now-fully-renovated (and now-fully-decorated) Brady house for a holiday celebration. Left to Right: Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady), Eve Plumb (Jan), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Susan Olsen (Cindy), Christopher Knight (Peter) and Mike Lookinland (Bobby).

Snowball Fight!!

Jasmine Roth takes cover as Maureen McCormick launches a snowball at Mike and Chris. (It's all fun and games until somebody gets hit in the nose by a snowball.) 

A Quick Rewind

So here's the story. (Sorry.) For this HGTV Christmas special, Food Network and HGTV join forces with the Brady Bunch cast members to throw a heartwarming (and '70s-themed) holiday party at the newly renovated home. Brady cast members help out with creation of decorations in conjunction with Jasmine Roth, and planning a menu and testing recipes with Ree Drummond — but the Bradys don't get to see the fully decorated house until the final reveal. Here, Ree and Jasmine prepare eggnog for the arrival of the "Brady kids" before holiday preparations begin.

Tree Trimmings

The Bradys and their hosts unpack some of the ornaments that will decorate the main Christmas tree that resides next to that famous staircase in the Brady foyer.

Tree Trimmings

It feels like family any time the Brady cast members get back together. Doubly so when it's a holiday occasion.

Tree Trimmings

A number of the ornaments for the main tree in the living room are miniatures of recognizable items from the original Brady Bunch  series. Eve Plumb unpacks a miniature replica of the familiar horse figurine that sat atop the credenza in the living room.

Holiday Crafting

Speaking of ornaments, at the opposite end of the size spectrum, Jasmine Roth works here with Maureen and Mike, creating giant Christmas-tree ball ornaments using beach balls. These will be used as part of the outdoor decorations in the Brady front yard.

Holiday Crafting

Jasmine also supervised as Barry and Eve helped make these Nutcracker toy soldiers using old window shutters. (This one is named Clarence.) A small batallion of these will grace the front lawn of the Brady home.

The Brady Test Kitchen

Food Network's Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond worked with Barry and Susan in the creation of holiday appetizers that are thematically suited to a '70s-era holiday party. It all gets prepared, along with the main dinner course and desserts, in the faithfully replicated Brady Bunch kitchen — also a fully functional chef-worthy kitchen of which Alice would have approved.

The Brady Test Kitchen

Ree and Maureen get down to serious business preparing the main course for the holiday gathering, a traditional (29-pound) Christmas turkey. "I'm making  a '70s-friendly roasted turkey," says Ree, "and what's gonna make it '70s is French onion soup mix. We're pulling out all the gourmet stops!"

The Brady Test Kitchen

Mike, Maureen and Ree get ready to sample a vintage-style holiday dessert — a red and green fruit-salad made in a Jello mold.

A Few Frosty Friends

Back at Santa's workshop, Mike, Barry, Susan and Jasmine show off some of their creations for the holiday yard art.

Party Prep

Jasmine stages the front yard, arranging giant Christmas ornaments, wooden toy soldiers and oversized peppermint treats, just inside the front walk that's lined with red poinsettias.

Party Prep

In the foyer, Jasmine embellishes the famous horse figurine with a red scarf, halter and reindeer antlers.

Party Prep

Party Prep

Ree sets the holiday table and creates a tablescape with an evergreen wreath and silver bells. "The Bradys, to me, represent everything that's good," she says. "Family and that homey warmth and love — that's what the holidays are all about."

Holiday Entertaining, Brady Style

Cooking and decorating are done. Jasmine and Ree await the arrival of the honored guests. 

A Very Merry Brady House

The famed Brady house, now fully Brady-authentic inside and out, is now ready for the holidays. Inside and out. The rooftop snowmen represent the original cast, including all six kids as well as Mike, Carol and Alice.

A Very Merry Brady House

Truth time. It rarely snows in Los Angeles, where the Brady house is located. And TV holiday specials are not always shot in December. It was 95 degrees on the day this was being filmed. Seven tons of ice were trucked in to create the snow-covered front yard.

A Very Merry Brady House

A Festive Gathering

Ree and Jasmine serve up some holiday treats in the Brady living room.

A Festive Gathering

The Brady crew check out the fully decorated Christmas tree and holiday table.

A Brady Christmas Reveal

A Brady Christmas Reveal

A Brady Christmas Reveal

A Brady Christmas Reveal

Stockings for the six Brady siblings, as well as Jasmine and Ree, hang on the pony wall behind the Brady-authentic green and white couch.

A Brady Christmas Reveal

The bannisters of the famous floating staircase are decorated with evergreen garland, red ribbons and vintage style Christmas lights.

A Brady Christmas Reveal

The horse statue, once damaged and now fully repaired restored, is outfitted for the season and appears ready to pull a sleigh.

Brady In Miniature

Highlighting the tree are ornaments that are incredibly accurate and detailed miniature replicas of items in the Brady home or featured in specific episodes. This tiny replica of the horse figurine was actually created, based on the actual statue, using a 3D printer. 

Brady In Miniature

The Brady's avocado-green refrigerator-freezer is also re-created in miniature. This ornament, and a number of the other miniatures, were handmade by Brady superfan Charles Temple of Rome, Georgia. Other Brady-artifact ornaments created by Charles include miniatures of the Brady staircase, Tiger's doghouse, the modern-art styled wall panel from the foyer, the boys' bunk beds and the living room credenza.

Brady In Miniature

This miniature of Carol Brady's "favorite vase" (the one broken by Peter Brady in a fan-favorite episode), like the horse stature, was actually created using a 3D printer.

A Den for the Holidays

The den — where the Brady kids sometimes received lectures and heart-to-hearts from Mike Brady — gets decorated with a vintage silver Christmas tree, a variety of Santas and a Christmas themed tabletop tableaux. 

The Brady Den, Detail

One for the Christmas Photo Album

A Brady Holiday Dinner

Dinner is served in the Brady dining room which —perhaps ahead of its time — is part of an open-concept floor plan, open to the adjacent kitchen and main living area.

Holiday Fare

The dinner menu includes a traditional holiday turkey, stuffed with lemon, orange and onions, mashed potatoes (kept piping hot using a fondue cooker), gravy, whiskey-glazed carrots, steamed asparagus with hollandaise sauce and a Jello fruit salad with a surprise filling.

Holiday Fare

Holiday Fare

The gelatin dessert is 100-percent '70s — a strawberry layetr on the outside, with a surprise green layer inside. The inner layer is made with sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, sour cream and lime Jello. Fruit filling includes canned pineapples and maraschino cherries.

Cheers

The hosts and attendees raise a glass in celebration of the holidays and family reunions.

Merry Christmas from the Brady Family

... and HGTV and Food Network.

Want to see more from A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition ? Check out the behind-the-scenes gallery.

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