On Christmas Eve, Marge admonishes the family not to open presents until 7 a.m. the next morning. Bart finds a way around the directive and opens his gifts at 5 a.m. However, his prized gift - a remote-controlled fire truck - overheats and causes a fire that engulfs the tree and presents. The family investigates and Bart tells them that a burglar has struck. As a result of Kent Brockman's human interest story, the entire town donates gifts and cash to the Simpsons for their "misfortune." Eventually, Bart admits the truth, angering his clueless family but angering the town even more (when Brockman finds out the truth). The family is made into outcasts, and Marge's attempt to win the needed funds on "Jeopardy!" (to pay everybody back) fails miserably. Eventually, the townspeople loot the Simpsons' home ... save for a dust rag.
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As Chief Wiggum leaves the Simpsons' house, he is carrying a doll of Binky, a character from the "Life in Hell" comic strip by series creator Matt Groening
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Wiggum, Lou and Eddie arrive to investigate the "crime". After taking The Simpsons information, Lou and Wiggum walk out of the house, but Eddie seemingly disappears. See more
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Jingle Bell Rock
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