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.
Did You Know?
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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When Bart opens the envelope, he says, "Aunt Selma. Always good for a fin." A "fin" is five dollars but he's clearly holding a one-dollar bill. See more
Sounds like you're having a rough Christmas. You know what I blame this on the breakdown of? Society.
Yeah, you're right, Moe. You're always Moe.
References It's a Wonderful Life
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
Written by Gene Autry
and Oakley Haldeman
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
, Julie Kavner
, and Yeardley Smith See more