Nothing is more special than coming home for the holidays and celebrating with family and friends. And for TV fans, being transported back to the Brady family home and reuniting with the beloved cast once again, it’s simply the ultimate treat. Food Network’s Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond and HGTV’s Hidden Potential host Jasmine Roth team up with the Brady Bunch kids to whip up ’70s-inspired food and decor, along with meaningful recollections, in the holiday special A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition.
Thrilled over the success of September’s four-part series A Very Brady Renovation, Roth walked us through some of the behind-the-scenes details on decking out the Brady house. “Obviously we did some really fun crafts and the decor was just surreal and groovy and out of this world, but it was more so about just kind of being together and hanging out and taking a minute to spend some time in this project that we worked so hard on and just enjoy it,” Roth shares. “I think that’s kind of what the holidays are all about, as well. It was a lot of work to get there, to get everything ready for the holidays, but once we all kind of sat down and just started hanging out and chatting and laughing, it was all worth it.”
And with decorations and festive food aside, viewers will feel part of the extended family as Brady siblings Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) reminisce about days on the set during the holidays.
“One of the things that was really cool to hear about was how the different cast members exchanged gifts back in the ’70s and how it seemed that Bob Reed [who played Mike Brady], even though he was a TV dad, he also played a really important role to every single one of the Brady kids,” Roth says. “They kind of went through and talked about some of the different gifts that he had given over the years and things that were really special that they still had or that they still remembered and just kind of how that had influenced them and impacted their life and just overall how giving he always was and how that has impacted them for the rest of their lives. Then they started talking about how they would give each other gifts and then it got to be a little bit much because there were so many of them.”
Surprisingly, during the Brady Bunch’s five-season, 100-plus episode run from 1969-74, there was only one Christmas episode. “It was pretty fun to talk about that and [in that episode] how they had tried to bring the tree in,” Roth explains. “It was really cute; the boys brought the tree in and they couldn’t figure out how to get it into the house. All they had to do was open the other half of the door. … We kind of re-created that scene a little bit accidentally.”
And speaking of the tree, pay particular attention to the ornaments, as many were made by a super fan of the series and are actually little miniature re-creations of different spaces in the Brady Bunch house — a little replica kitchen, an ornament that looks like the horse statue that sits at the base of the stairs, a football and many more.
We’ll be looking for a hair tonic or giant nose ornament — memories of a few of our favorite episodes.
A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition
HGTV > Monday, Dec. 16
Food Network > Sunday, Dec. 22