Mark and Willie are desperate for a job. When they hear Dave's new girl friend talking about a job going at a shoe store they hurry to get there before she does. Sandy thinks Mrs Poole is having an affair with a new teacher at her school.
The plumber says that the Hogan house is jinxed because every 20 years the woman of the house is injured. Sandy has a bad day and Dave believes it. Willie and Brenda have a fight, which ends up with him having two dates on the same night.
Dave needs to earn some money for a ski trip so he decides to become a Santa Claus at a local mall. It is an eye opener for him and he learns about the real spirit of Christmas. Sandy is looking forward to decorating the Christmas tree, which becomes a bit of a chore. Lloyd is trying to re-institute the old Hogan family Christmas traditions and is facing opposition from the family. Willie and Mark buy the same sweater for their girlfriends and neither wants to take their present back.