When Homer selfishly buys himself an astrolabe for Christmas, the rest of the family is resentful. But Homer does not realize what he has done until watching Mr. McGrew's Christmas Carol--his first exposure ever to the timeless Dickens tale. He vows to change his ways, and becomes the nicest person in town--which leads to a rivalry with the former record-holder, Ned Flanders. Finally, with the help of TV Christmas specials through the ages, Homer learns the true meaning of the holiday, sort of.
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