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* OneBookAuthor: The only ''Simpsons'' episode written by Mimi Pond, a cartoonist and writer who was a friend of Matt Groening.


** When talking about Christmas miracles, Bart mentions [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]], [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]], and TheSmurfs. This is followed by Homer asking, [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure "Who's Tiny Tim?"]]

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** When talking about Christmas miracles, Bart mentions [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]], [[{{Peanuts}} [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]], and TheSmurfs. This is followed by Homer asking, [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure "Who's Tiny Tim?"]]

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* ItsAllJunk: Homer attempts to cut corners in Christmas shopping, optimistic the kids will find joy in discount items like dog toys and drawing paper. He then bumps into Flanders who has bought tons of lavish gifts for his family. After he leaves, Homer looks at the cheap crap he brought his family and sheds a SingleTear.


** Although Lisa is starting to show the advanced intelligence that now characterizes her, she still has the mischievous streak she showed in the ''Tracy Ullman Show'' shorts, as evidenced with her joining Bart in making teasing remarks during the sing-along in the end.

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** Although Lisa is starting to show the advanced intelligence that now characterizes her, she still has the mischievous streak she showed in the ''Tracy Ullman Show'' shorts, as evidenced with her joining Bart in making teasing remarks during the sing-along in the end. This episode also aired before Lisa's environmentalist trait kicked in, evidenced by her ''sheer joy'' in the snow-melting resolution to the ''Happy Little Elves'' Christmas special.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The RunningGag of Homer always being bested by Ned Flanders begins here, first with their Christmas decorations(Homer put up a few malfunctioning lights, while Ned put an elaborate display complete with animatronic Santa), then when they run into each other and drop each others' gifts (Homer's were in a single bag, while Ned had multiple well-wrapped packages).

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** Mr. Burns has a different voice, and his office also looks different.
** Barney has blonde hair and a different burp.
** Although Lisa is starting to show the advanced intelligence that now characterizes her, she still has the mischievous streak she showed in the ''Tracy Ullman Show'' shorts, as evidenced with her joining Bart in making teasing remarks during the sing-along in the end.


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* HammerspaceHair: Marge hides the money jar inside her beehive hairdo.

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* VaporWear: Lisa is seen dancing whilst wearing a grass skirt, with seemingly nothing under it. The creators said that she's wearing a skin-colored suit, but you can see her individual toes.


* AdultFear: Homer Simpson ends up with a terrifying problem. Marge has a jar with Christmas savings that ends up being spent removing a tattoo from Bart, and his own usual Christmas bonus was rescinded by his corrupt boss. Since he didn't want Marge to know about the money problems, Homer spent the rest of the episode in serious distress, working part-time jobs, cutting corners on gifts, and eventually was reduced to betting on a dog race to get enough money for a good Christmas for his family. However, the dog he bet on lost so bad that the owner disowned him, and the Simpsons got a new dog and a wonderful Christmas present.
* AllGirlsLikePonies: Lisa asks Santa for one in her letter.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: This episode has all of the Christmas tropes like the tangled-up Christmas lights, the next door neighbor who puts your lights to shame, crowded malls with overworked Santas and bored elves and taking your son to a dog racing track.
* ChristmasEpisode: An odd example of the Christmas special being the first episode.
** However, it's only the first '''full length''' episode. Shorts had been running on ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'' for the previous three years.
** And it was eighth in production order (note how Santa's Little Helper isn't in half the season one episodes -- his only other appearance this season was in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E11TheCrepesOfWrath The Crepes of Wrath]]", the thirteenth in production but the eleventh to air) because the actual first episode ("Some Enchanted Evening") had a lot of production problems to overcome in order to air.

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* AdultFear: Homer Simpson ends up with a terrifying problem. Marge has a jar with Christmas savings that ends up being spent removing a tattoo from Bart, and his own usual Christmas bonus was rescinded by his corrupt boss. Since he didn't doesn't want Marge to know about the money problems, Homer spent spends the rest of the episode in serious distress, working part-time jobs, cutting corners on gifts, and is eventually was reduced to betting on a dog race to get enough money for a good Christmas for his family. However, the dog he bet bets on lost loses so bad that the owner disowned disowns him, and the Simpsons got get a new dog and a wonderful Christmas present.
* AllGirlsLikePonies: Even the WiseBeyondTheirYears Lisa is still very much a little girl, as seen when she asks Santa for one a pony in her letter.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: BreadEggsMilkSquick: This episode has all of the Christmas tropes like the tangled-up Christmas lights, the next door neighbor who puts your lights to shame, crowded malls with overworked Santas and bored elves and taking your son to a dog racing track.
* ChristmasEpisode: The episode revolves around the Simpsons celebrating Christmas (or trying to, with Homer having to find ways to get the extra cash needed to get presents and whatnot). An odd example of the Christmas special being the first episode.
** However,
(full-length) episode (although it's only the first '''full length''' episode. Shorts had been running on ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'' for the previous three years.
** And it was
actually eighth in production order (note how Santa's Little Helper isn't in half the season one episodes -- his only other appearance this season was in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E11TheCrepesOfWrath The Crepes of Wrath]]", the thirteenth in production but the eleventh to air) because the actual first episode ("Some Enchanted Evening") had a lot of production problems to overcome in order to air.order).



* ObnoxiousInLaws: Patty and Selma make their first appearance.

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* ObnoxiousInLaws: Patty and Selma make their first appearance.appearance and their roles as the snobby overbearing in-laws.



* OhCrap: Having already lost out on his bonus, Homer, when he sees that Marge's savings jar is empty.
-->'''Homer:''' We're ruined. Chrismas is cancelled. No presents for anyone!

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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Having already lost out on his bonus, Homer, when he sees that Marge's savings jar is empty.
-->'''Homer:''' --->'''Homer:''' We're ruined. Chrismas Christmas is cancelled. No presents for anyone!



** When talking about Christmas miracles, Bart mentions [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]], [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]], and TheSmurfs.
*** PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Homer has to ask, "Who's Tiny Tim?"

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** When talking about Christmas miracles, Bart mentions [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]], [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]], and TheSmurfs.
*** PopCulturalOsmosisFailure:
TheSmurfs. This is followed by Homer has to ask, asking, [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure "Who's Tiny Tim?"Tim?"]]


* TooDumbToLive: How the tattoo artist can't tell Bart isn't actually 21 is anyone's guess.



* TooDumbToLive: How the tattoo artist can't tell Bart isn't actually 21 is anyone's guess.


** Todd Flanders acts more like a regular boy here instead of the sissy caricature of Christian upbringing he would later become.

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** Todd Flanders acts more like a regular boy here instead of the sissy a caricature of Christian upbringing he would later become.

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* TooDumbToLive: How the tattoo artist can't tell Bart isn't actually 21 is anyone's guess.


* AdultFear: Homer Simpson ends up with a terrifying problem. Marge has a jar with Christmas savings that enda up being spent removing a tattoo from Bart, and his own usual Christmas bonus was rescinded by his corrupt boss. Since he didn't want Marge to know about the money problems, Homer spent the rest of the episode in serious distress, working part-time jobs, cutting corners on gifts, and eventually was reduced to betting on a dog race to get enough money for a good Christmas for his family. However, the dog he bet on lost so bad that the owner disowned him, and the Simpsons got a new dog and a wonderful Christmas present.

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* AdultFear: Homer Simpson ends up with a terrifying problem. Marge has a jar with Christmas savings that enda ends up being spent removing a tattoo from Bart, and his own usual Christmas bonus was rescinded by his corrupt boss. Since he didn't want Marge to know about the money problems, Homer spent the rest of the episode in serious distress, working part-time jobs, cutting corners on gifts, and eventually was reduced to betting on a dog race to get enough money for a good Christmas for his family. However, the dog he bet on lost so bad that the owner disowned him, and the Simpsons got a new dog and a wonderful Christmas present.

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* AdultFear: Homer Simpson ends up with a terrifying problem. Marge has a jar with Christmas savings that enda up being spent removing a tattoo from Bart, and his own usual Christmas bonus was rescinded by his corrupt boss. Since he didn't want Marge to know about the money problems, Homer spent the rest of the episode in serious distress, working part-time jobs, cutting corners on gifts, and eventually was reduced to betting on a dog race to get enough money for a good Christmas for his family. However, the dog he bet on lost so bad that the owner disowned him, and the Simpsons got a new dog and a wonderful Christmas present.

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* RealityEnsues: Homer spends what little money he has on the dog track in a last-ditch effort to afford Christmas gifts for the family. Homer ignores Barney's advice and chooses the last-minute addition, Santa's Little Helper, believing the name to be a sign of a Christmas miracle despite the dog's horrible track record. Ultimately, Santa's Little Helper comes dead last, the Christmas miracle doesn't happen, and Barney's pick ends up winning the race. And this is in the ''[[UnbuiltTrope very first episode]]!'' However, the family [[EarnYourHappyEnding gets a happy ending after all]] when the track owner fires Santa's Little Helper and the Simpsons get to take him home as a pet.
-->'''Bart''': It doesn't seem possible, but I guess TV has betrayed me.


** Rodd Flanders acts more like a regular boy here instead of the sissy caricature of Christian upbringing he would later become.

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** Rodd Todd Flanders acts more like a regular boy here instead of the sissy caricature of Christian upbringing he would later become.

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