Homer tells his rendition of Jesus' birth in the manger during a Christmas church service, Grampa tells Lisa about his Christmas fighting in the Pacific theater during World War II, and a parody of The Nutcracker Suite shows everyone prepping for the holidays.
* BaitAndSwitch: After some scenes with Moe trying to kill himself, there's a scene with him putting his face in an oven. He's retrieving a ham to eat with Barney.
* DreamWithinADream: The scene with Groundskeeper Willie having a fancy dinner with his family is revealed to be Willie's dream while he's sleeping inside his shack and that is revealed to be Willie's dream while he's actually sleeping outside.
* GenreSavvy: Knowing Homer would [[spoiler:forget to buy her a Christmas gift, Marge gives him something for him to give her]].
* GroinAttack: Every Christmas, Krusty shows a tape of people throwing snowballs at his balls.
* OrMyNameIsnt: During Grandpa's flashback, he says he and Burns will repair [[SantaClaus Santa's]] sled or his name isn't "Young Grandpa Simpson".