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Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Although the voice of Nelson's mother was previously heard in "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken," this is the first episode where she was physically seen.
In the scenes in the rich people mall, the slum, and the living room where they are setting up the Christmas tree, Marge wears a white set of pearls.
In this episode Marge and Homer's bedroom window faces their backyard, while in previous episodes it faces the front yard.
Homer: I don't need her. I've got you, astrolabe!
Astrolabe: Colombia's main export is coffee.
Comic Book Guy: Ooh!
Falls on the ice and rips pants
Comic Book Guy: Activate cloaking device!
rips sweatshirt while trying to cover the other rip
Comic Book Guy: Oh I am so depressed, engage candy bar, thank you.
(Thanksgiving special on TV)
Krusty: Happy Thanksgiving from the entire Channel Six family. Including Kent Brockman whose contractually permitted to replace himself with a cardboard cut out. The real Kent is in a rehab clinic. We all wish him the best… again.
Krusty: Now in the spirit of the season… start shopping!! And for every dollar of Krusty merchandise you buy I will be nice to a sick kid. For legal purposes sick kids may include hookers with a cold.
Marge: Christmas is a time to think of others, but today you showed you only care about yourself.
Homer: That's not true! I cared what you thought once you found out.
Nelson: Someone snuck in and took our presents! Do you think it was papa?
Mrs Muntz: I wouldn't put it past him. He stole my gold tooth the night he left.
Nelson: He didn't leave… he went to the store. And when he comes back I'll wave those pop tarts right in your face!
Mr McGrew: (on TV) Spirit, surely there's some time to reform my selfish ways!
Homer: Come on, Death. Leave McGrew alone… TAKE TINY TIM!
Clock: Today is the birthday of comedienne Margaret Cho.
Homer: That's the birthday I'm always forgetting!
Ned: That Homer just burns my waffles! (starts tugging his moustache) Pain is the cleanser! Pain is the cleanser!
Homer: Listen Lenny, I know I was a pretty bad Secret Santa, so I wanted to make it up to you.
Lenny: Wow, a photo cube with pictures of us!
Homer: And I filed down the all the sharp corners. See? Your eye is completely safe! (starts poking Lenny in the eye with the cube)
Lenny: Oh wow, it just stings a little.
TV Announcer: And now, back to Mr. McGrew's Christmas Carol.
Homer: Mr. McGrew? I love that blind, senile old man!
Abe: (outside, banging on the window) I can't find my way back to the home!
Homer: I heard you the first five times!
Homer: Let's just say that on this day, a million years ago, a dude was born who most of us think was magic, but others don't and that's cool. But we're probably right. Amen.
(singing, while stealing presents like the Grinch)
Homer: You're a Hero, Homer Jay. You're as crafty as a skunk! They'll thank you in the morning, for stealing Flanders' junk, Homer JAAAY! You're a double bacon genius burger, and just a little drunk!
Homer: From now on I will stop being selfish, and start being good. In fact, I'll be the nicest man in town!
Marge: You've made that promise before.
Homer: Yes, but this time I'm sober ... ish.
Homer: Children? Children! What day is this?
Lisa: It's Saturday, December 6th.
Homer: Thank God! There's still four more days 'til Christmas.
(Death points to Homer's tombstone on TV)
Homer: Unloved by Al?! Nooo!!
(Death taps the tombstone)
Homer: Unloved by ALL?! NOOO!!
Homer: TV and nightmares have joined forces to teach me a lesson!
Homer: Here's your skates. Oh, you'll have to take off those boots.
Hobo: Those are my feet.
Todd: Daddy, are you jealous of Brother Homer?
Ned: Maybe just a tad, Todd.
Rod: I'm jealous of girls cause they get to wear dresses.
Ned: One problem at a time, boy!
Homer: (watching TV) Jimmy Stewart as a puppet is just wrong!
Homer: (to the angry mob) Shouldn't you all be singing carols or something?
Hobo: (wearing Homers old pants) These pants smell worse than my old pants.
Homer: You're welcome!
(on a cartoon version of A Christmas Carol)
Mr. McGrew: You work on Christmas or you're out of a job. Is that clear Cratchit?
Cratchit: (behind McGrew) Sir, I'm over here.
Mr. McGrew: Oh. (to pot belly stove) I'm sorry, pardon me, ma'am. (feels stove) I see you're expecting. May I listen to the baby's heartbeat?
(sticks head in stove, screams in agony)
(after Springfield sees the star and thinks it's a miracle, the screen pans to Hans Moleman half buried in snow, with a flare gun)
Hans: That's my last flare… somebody better come soon. (a wolf pack appears) Oh thank goodness, rescue dogs.
(the Christmas tree bursts into flame)
Homer: Aw, why do things I love always burn?!
(Homer realises how selfish he's been)
Astrolobe: I am not returnable.
Homer: Oh… (sobs)
Astrolobe: I will be testing my smoke alarm for the next three hours. (starts to bleep)
Snake: I've been robbed! Man, so this is how it feels. I'd better see my shrink… and rob his ass!
(watching a cartoon version of "A Christmas Carol")
Homer: Oh my God! It's like looking at a cartoon version of myself!
(watching a Christmas special, featuring singing prunes)
Lisa: This is offensive to Christians and prunes!
This is the second straight episode where Homer listens to Lisa's advice-and what ensues is Homer's current project gets ruined.
The writers used a little bit of irony here. Dan Castellaneta provided the voice of Mr. McGrew, which let Homer (also voiced by Castellaneta) know that he was selfish.
The Japanese writing on the bench in the opening says "Simpsons" in katakana (transliterated as "Shimpusonzu").
It seems that Lenny's eye will become a semi-running gag. It was mentioned in "Homer vs. Dignity" ("I'm not supposed to get pudding in my eye!") and "Three Gays of the Condo" ("I'm not supposed to get jigs in it"). Here, Homer tells Lenny the edges aren't sharp, so his eye will be fine.
Cathy from personnel, who looks like a female Burns, was wearing the same Chanel suit that Marge bought in episode 3F11 "Scenes From a Class Struggle in Springfield".
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: There is no living room and the couch is replaced by a bench at a Japanese bus stop, where the family's TV is also located. The various family members fly on screen dressed as different characters from popular Japanese shows: Homer is Ultraman Tiga; Bart is Astroboy, Lisa is Sailor Moon; Marge is Princess from Battle of the Planets, and Maggie is Pikachu from Pokémon.
Rod's admission about wanting to wear dresses is the first time that either Flanders boy has shown that they have or try to have any kind of a social life (since Dead Putting Society, anyway)
Some of the homeless people that model Homer's clothes bear a strong resemblance to some of the writers on the show.
This is the second time Ned Flanders feels angry towards Homer. The first time was in 1F14 "Homer Loves Flanders".
The title of the episode paraphrases the lyrics to the Christmas carol "Deck the Halls".
Christmas with the California Prunes: The Prunes Christmas special is a parody of an actual 1988 special called "A Claymation™ Christmas". Hosted by two dinosaurs named Herb and Rex who were designed as caricatures of movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert; the special featured Claymation videos of Motown inspired renditions of traditional songs such as "Joy to the World", "We Three Kings", "Winter Wonderland" and "Here We Come A Wassling". The special ended with the California Raisins themselves singing "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer."
The song, "Christmas Convoy," is a spoof off of the '70s hit song "Convoy," which was redone in 2005 with Paul Brant & Friends.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been remade and overmade countless times. Bart proves this point by tuning in remakes a-la Family Matters (Urkel Scrooge: "Did I do that?") and a Star Trek Christmas episode. NOTE: A Christmas Carol was remade again in 2004 as A Christmas Carol: The Musical, which starred Kelsey Grammer, who of course provides the voice of Sideshow Bob for this series.
Burns' token Christmas bonus to his employees (a cafeteria voucher) is similar to the Christmas bonus Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) receives from his employer – a membership in a Jelly of the Month club – in the 1989 film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
Homer: Awww, this is sadder than "Tuesday's With Morrie"
"Tuesday's With Morrie" is a book written by Mitch Albom and is based on a true story. To make this even more significant, Hank Azaria, voice of Apu, Moe and many other characters on The Simpsons, played Mitch Albom in the movie adaption of the book.
The entire town gets together and sings "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" at the end of the episode. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, the entire Peanuts gang gets together and sings the same song at the end.
The second Christmas special that Homer tunes into on late night TV "Mr. McGrew's Christmas Carol" is a parody of the 1962 Christmas special "Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol."
The Christmas special that Homer first tunes into on late night TV "The Year Santa got Lost," with Jimmy Stewart as the voice of Mr. Mailman is a parody of the 1970 Christmas special "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," which featured Fred Astaire as the voice of the mailman.
Homer: I'm not looking for fame or glory. I'm just trying to buy that stairway to heaven Jesus sang of.
Flanders: That was Led Zeppelin.
Homer: Tcch. Get back to your bong, hippie.
"Stairway to Heaven" is a song written by Led Zeppelin that first appeared on their classic album Led Zeppelin IV.
During the scene where Homer is sneaking into everyone's houses, you hear a voice-over of him singing a song that is a spoof of, "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from the 1966 Christmas special How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Also, Santa's Little Helper is wearing one antler on his head, just like Max the dog from that same special.
The song "Silver and Gold" from the 1964 Christmas special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is used when the family goes to "Springfield Heights Promenade", where the rich people shop.
Also the toys that appear in the "The Year Santa got Lost" segment are reflective of the misfit toys that appeared in this same special.
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