In this episode, the last one written by Don Payne before his death from bone cancer in March of 2013, Springfield becomes a winter wonderland after a freak accident involving the nuclear plant and The Springfield Tire Fire, and out-of-towners flock to whatever state Springfield is in to experience a white Christmas, but the sudden tourism causes prices to skyrocket and drives Marge to turn the Simpson house into a bed-and-breakfast.
This episode contains examples of (YMMV tropes can be found here):
- Armor-Piercing Question: Bart asks Lisa if she gave the gifts she gave because she thought they'd like or to make herself feel better.
- Brick Joke: Homer's imagine spot about Jesus starting and running a hotel becomes this when the episode ends with a scene where Jesus charges people $ 1,000 per night in a manger.
- Chaos Architecture: Lampshaded. Marge notes that the houses rec room seems to appear and disappear.
- Coordinated Clothes: One couple that stays at the Simpsons wear red-and-green checkered vests.
- "Good Luck" Gesture: Bart crosses his fingers on one hand and chants that he wants plastic vomit as he is opening his present from Lisa. She got him a book.
- Imagine Spot: When Marge asks Homer what Jesus would do, Homer imagines Jesus going to Cornell to learn hotel management, becoming assistant manager at Holiday Inn, reading a book about becoming one's own boss, taking a loan to start his own small hotel and using a miracle to conjure food for guests.
- It's All About Me: Lisa got the family Christmas gifts they wouldn't like, just so she could boost her own ego and make her feel good about herself. Bart calls her out on this when she catches him burning the book she got him, because she knew he wouldn't like it.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While book burning is a horrible thing. Bart was right when he tells Lisa she should have gotten the family presents they themselves would have liked/wanted, rather than things Lisa got for them so she could feel good about herself. Lisa concedes Bart's point.
- Overly Long Name: Mayor Quimby keeps getting re-elected because the voters have a hard time remembering his adversary's long name.
- Self-Deprecation: According to Comic Book Guy, Bongo Comics are only good for swatting annoying kids.
- Shout-Out: The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon episode shown in this Simpsons episode is titled "It's a Wonderful Knife" and features Scratchy as Geroge Bailey after regaining the will to live. The background features a movie theater announcing "The Postman Always Brings Mice".
- Start My Own: Homer's imagine spot features Jesus being an assistant manager until he borrows money from a bank to start his own hotel.
- Take That!: Marge delivers one to Christmas songs with more than one verse. She says the songs become confusing and religious from the second verse onwards.
- Unfortunate Names: Mayor Quimby keeps winning the election because his adversary's name is too long for the voters to remember.note