In the opening sequence, "A Cartoon by Robert Smigel" was said, but no cartoon appeared in the episode.
Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: "The Donatella Versace Show," "Christmas Kangaroo," "Superman's Fortress," "Hello Dolly!" "Christmas Family Portrait," "Loose Bear," and Mick Jagger's performance of "Vision of Paradise."
The TV Funhouse for this episode, where the narrator from "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" refuses to celebrate Christmas because of the terrorist attacks, was cut from this episode (despite the announcement of a cartoon in this episode by Don Pardo). The Ellen DeGeneres episode airs this cartoon.
During the live show there was dead air when switching between Darrell Hammond's taped characters in the cold opening. It has been corrected on reruns.
The two songs DJ Jonathan Feinstein scratches are "Where's Your Head At" by Basement Jaxx and "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" by Elmo and Patsy.