The entire movie is actually a holonovel on the Enterprise.
- Because really, this feels like just the kind of thing Picard would enjoy. (He did enjoy watching Data play Scrooge in "Devil's Due".) We also know he has celebrated Christmas, as seen in his fantasy in the Nexus. Perhaps much like watching Christmas movies is a tradition now, it's a traditiion in the 24th century to actually play a part in Christmas stories. Thus, this movie is actually Yet Another Christmas Carol for Star Trek: The Next Generation.