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Blue's First Holiday is the 29th episode of Blue's Clues from Season 5.

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When Joe and the characters of the Blue's Clues house gather for the holidays, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper show us a special present, two VHS tapes showing everyone when they were young. They take a look back and see young Steve and baby Joe as well as baby versions of many of the characters. Find out about how Steve first got Blue in "The Day We Met Blue" and the very first time that Steve and Blue ever played Blue's Clues in "Blue's First Clue". The gang also gets a special phone call from Steve.


  • Question (In Blue's First Clue): Where is Joe's duck blanket?
  • Clues:
    • 1. Circles
    • 2. A Carrot
    • 3. Snow
  • Answer to Blue's Clues: By the snowman (childhood video)
  • Living room picture:
    • A snowman with ice cream (has a top hat and faces left during the Mailtime segment)
    • Doodle of Little Steve and Baby Joe (childhood video)


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  • Elizabeth Anderson, relative of former Content Consultant Dr. Dan Anderson, is one of Joe's Friends in this episode.
  • This episode marks the last official appearance of Steve's Handy Dandy Notebook.
  • Baby Mailbox is the only one who didn't receive a holiday gift.
  • This is the last time Steve is ever mentioned, heard, or appeared, in the original Blue's Clues series, however, he's seen as a child.
  • Like Steve, in the Season 3 episode Blue's Big Holiday, Joe wears a sweater version of the shirt he wears.
  • In the Season 4 episode Joe's First Day, Joe said he made Boris himself.
    • At the beginning of Mr. Salt's video, the camera zooms in on baby Joe and Boris. Boris was sitting right next to him.
      • This either probably means he is some kind of prodigy tailor for making him all by himself, he lost Boris and decided to recreate him himself later on in life, or his off-screen parents had made Boris for as his first present.
  • This is the second episode where the Play Blue's Clues was not featured because that song didn't exist back in those videos.
  • Joe has had his duck blanket when he was a baby and still has it with him today.
  • When Mailbox is about to deliver the mail and the different music starts, Young Steve runs around the room shouting "The mail is here, The mail is here" and finally yells out "MAIIIILLL!"
  • All the babies talk except for Joe.
  • Snail was revealed to have been living in the house since the time of the 1st movie (she appeared as a baby between the cushions by the windowsill where young Steve read his book).
    • She can also be seen after the 2nd movie from behind the VCR on the TV interacting with the others.
  • There was a playing of Blue's Clues and it happened on the second video titled "Blue's First Clue" which told the story about the time the characters played the game of Blue's Clues for the first time.
  • This is the about time that The So Long Song was sung, it wasn't sung for 15 years until "Meet Josh!". Starting with "Love Day", it will be replaced with The Goodbye Song.
  • In the first Mailtime segment, when Baby Mailbox brings Young Steve the mail he is shown wearing the same flag warmer that Steve did not give him until he grew up. Possibly, Mailbox grew out of the one he wore in the video, so Steve made him another one that fitted with help from Tickety and Slippery.
  • This is the 7th time that the telephone was sitting on the floor.
    • The 1st time it happened was from "Pool Party".
    • The 2nd time it happened was from "Blue's Big Musical Movie".
    • This is also the 1st time that the telephone was answered while it was sitting on the floor.
  • In the 2nd Mailtime segment, Mailbox delivers a holiday card. It featured 4 different kids celebrating a different kind of observance. There was Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Ramadan. Each of the 4 kids explained the holiday and the corresponding kid narrating that kind of observance explains their favorite part.
  • During the fading to the next shot, Baby Shovel and Baby Pail are standing looking at the viewers briefly before it cut to them looking at Young Steve reading "About A Puppy" (Where Baby Blue was born, and finally comes to life the next morning. This took place after the story in the next episode: The Legend of the Blue Puppy.)
  • This is the episode of Season 5.
  • This is the episode to air in the year 2003.
  • There are no Talking Clues in this episode, since Steve has never used them.
  • This is the first episode where Sidetable Drawer's voice sounded more grown-up.
  • This is the pure Blue's Clues episode, as the future episodes will involve Blue's Room.
  • Baby Shovel's toy bear resembles a purple version of Winnie-the-Pooh (specifically the Disney version).
  • This is Joe's version of Blue's Big Holiday.
  • Boris can be seen wearing Steve's green striped scarf.
  • This is the last episode (if one counts the baby versions of Steve and Joe as different live-actors) to feature live-actors that are not Steve or Joe (not counting the kids in the letters).
  • This the second episode where the ringing of the telephone is mistaken for something else (in this case, the doorbell), after Joe's First Day.
  • During the scene where Blue leaves her third clue, a holiday version of the music track that is cued when it is time for the Thinking Chair can be heard (with a trombone playing the "Blue skidoo, we can too" tune).
  • When Blue and Joe go sledding, Mrs. Pepper, Tickety Tock, Slippery Soap, Shovel, and Pail start chasing them.
  • Joe wears an orange squared sweater in this episode.
  • The characters all appear as babies during the credits. In order they are Blue, Mailbox, Slippery, Sidetable Drawer, Blue again, Shovel & Pail, and Tickety.


  • Sidetable is in the living room, she cannot move. Next, Sidetable can move when it's present time.
  • During "The Day We Met Blue" movie, in the scene where Steve is still sleeping, Blue's ball can be seen right next to Steve's bed and the purple table. After Blue skidoos out of the book, the ball mysteriously moved far away from the bed and the table.
  • William Ullrich (actor of Young Steve) is credited as William Ulrich.
  • This episode (the Season 5) was supposed to be the episode with the Season 5 OST. However, the Season 5 OST reappeared in the season 6 episode "Playdates".
  • The viewer does not say, "Steve!" after Joe says, "Who do you think that is?" with a pause following it.
  • in Episode Blue's Show and Tell Surprise Josh mentioned First Meet Blue about his socks.

Blue's Clues Season 5
Can You Help? | Colors Everywhere! | The Snack Chart | The Big Book About Us | Playing Store | Patience | 100th Episode Celebration | Joe's Surprise Party | I'm So Happy! | The Boat Float | Bedtime Business | Shape Searchers | Blue Goes to the Doctor | Contraptions! | A Brand New Game | A Surprise Guest | Dress Up Day | Blue's Big Band | Up, Down, All Around! | Story Wall | The Alphabet Train | Numbers Everywhere! | Blue's Predictions | Our Neighborhood Festival | Blue Takes You to School | Meet Polka Dots! | The Scavenger Hunt | Let's Write! | Magenta's Messages | Body Language | Blue's Big Car Trip | Look Carefully... | I Did That! | Animals in Our House? | Morning Music | Blue's First Holiday