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The program begins with Skelton, as himself, wrapping Christmas presents for later distribution to friends, such as Phyllis Diller, John Wayne, Yul Brynner, Martha Raye, David Rose, and Twiggy. US Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois appears next seated in a comfortable easy chair in a homey room with a fireplace, Christmas tree, and stockings hung on the fireplace. He introduces to the audience the Silent Spot, titled 'The Man Who Hated Christmas.' In actuality, Dirksen recites 'A Visit From St. Nicholas.' Following the famous poem, Dirksen presents the Tom Hansen Dancers with a productions number involving the Sugar Plum Fairies. Next, Dirksen introduces the main skit, featuring Skelton presenting 'A Christmas Story - 1777. The sketch features Christmas during the Revolutionary War at Valley Forge. See more