* {{Anvilicious}}: It has a thumpingly unsubtle MotherhoodIsSuperior message, ranging from the sci-fi angle where the futuristic tree harvestors are outwitted and captured by motherly instinct to the fantasy angle where the tree people reject males (even the Doctor) as their vessel because "You are weak", but accept females - Madge in particular - as "the mothership". British journalist Caitlin Moran figured that having spent the day corralling the family and making Christmas dinner for everyone, mothers would appreciate the boost "Yeah, we're the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek USS Enterprise]]''".
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: "We always set a place for you. It's Christmas, you moron."
* ToughActToFollow: The general feeling is that compared to "[[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A Christmas Carol]]" it's not quite as good as its predecessor.