On Christmas Eve, Netflix made the surprise announcement that Fuller House Season 3 is happening, with new videos posted to the show's social media. It was never confirmed by the streaming service how many episodes were ordered for Season 3, but that news was revealed on New Year's Eve by series creator Jeff Franklin, through his Twitter and Instagram accounts. The series creator/executive producer revealed that there will be 18 episodes in Season 3, five more than each of the first two 13-episode seasons. Here's what the executive producer had to say in his brief social media post.

"Happy New Year! Looking forward to season 3 -- 18 episodes -- Back to work on Monday!
RELATED: John Stamos Explains Why the Olsen Twins Turned Down Fuller House

The first season of Fuller House debuted in late February, and it only took Netflix a few days to issue a renewal for Fuller House Season 2 in early March. Many fans were quite surprised when the streaming service announced in September that Season 2 will debut on December 9, with two seasons arriving in the same calendar year, a rarity for any TV show on streaming, broadcast or cable. Yesterday, Jeff Franklin sent out another message on Twitter and Instagram, revealing that his own father will have a role on Fuller House Season 2. Here's what he had to say below.

"My Dad finally gets a role on Fuller House, playing the Grandpa of DJ's gay date. Now he wants a spinoff. Sure Dad, no problem."

Last March, John Stamos posted an Instagram video from the original Full House series, featuring the twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, which some saw as an attempt to bring them back for Season 2, although that never happened. Neither of the twins have acted in several years, and it remains to be seen if there are still efforts by the show's cast and producers to bring back the actresses. Since they both turned down opportunities to be on the show's first two seasons, it seems unlikely that they would come back into the fold for Fuller House Season 3.

In the spinoff series, Fuller House, the adventures that began in 1987 on Full House continue, with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron-Bure) recently widowed and living in San Francisco. D.J.'s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and D.J.'s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), along with Kimmy's feisty teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.'s three boys - the rebellious 12-year-old Jackson, neurotic 7-year-old Max and her newborn baby, Tommy Jr.

Fuller House stars Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner, Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler, Juan Pablo Di Pace as Fernando, Soni Nicole Bringas as Romona, Michael Campion as Jackson, Elias Harger as Max, Dashiell and Fox Messitt Twins as Baby Tommy, Scott Weinger as Steve Hale, John Brotherton as Matt Harmon, and Ashley Liao as Lola. Bob Boyett and Franklin serve as executive producers. Take a look at Jeff Franklin's tweets and Instagram photos below as we wait for more on Fuller House.