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Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

Rating: 3.4 (334 votes)


It's Christmas time in Springfield. But things aren't so merry when Homer loses his Christmas bonus from the plant and Marge spends all the family's Christmas money erasing a tattoo that Bart had done. Wanting to give his family a good Christmas, Homer secretly takes a second job as a Santa down at the mall. However, this still isn't enough to buy even one decent present, so he takes Bart to the race track. When the dog they bet on, Santa's Little Helper, comes in last, they think it's all over... until the owner of the dog kicks him out on the street. They keep the dog, and everyone loves Homer for it. The episode finishes with a rendition of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," Simpsons style.

Memorable quotes

Marge: (writing letter) Dear friends of the Simpson family. We had some sadness and some gladness this year. First, the sadness: our little cat Snowball was unexpectedly run over and went to kitty heaven. But we bought a new little cat Snowball II, so I guess life goes on. Speaking of live going on, Grandpa is still with us, feisty as ever. Maggie is walking by herself, Lisa got straight A's, and Bart... well, we love Bart.

Marge: All right, children, let me have those letters. I'll send them to Santa's workshop at the North Pole.
Bart: Oh please, there's only one fat guy that brings us presents and his name ain't Santa.

Marge: A Pony? Oh Lisa, you have asked for that for the past three years, and I keep telling you that Santa cant fit a pony in his sleigh. Can't you take a hint?

Marge: You will not be getting a tattoo for Christmas.
Homer: Yeah, if you want one, you'll have to pay for it out of your own allowance.

Marge: (in Bart's daydream) Oh, Bart that's so sweet. Its the best present a mother could get, and it makes you look so dangerous.

Homer: (buying a present for Maggie) It says its for dogs, but she cant read.

Barney: I got me a part time job working as a Santa down at the mall.
Homer: Wow, can I do that?
Barney: I dunno, they're pretty selective. *BELCH!*

Bart: Hey Santa, what's shakin' man?
Homer: (as Santa) What's your name Bart... ner... uh, little partner?
Bart: I'm Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?

Homer: I didn't get my bonus this year, but to keep the family missing out on Christmas, I'd do anything.
Bart: I'll say, Dad. You must really love us to sink so low.

Lisa: What Aunt Patty?
Patty: Oh nothing, dear. I'm just trashing your father.
Lisa: Well, I wish that you wouldn't. Because aside from the fact that he has the same frailties as all human beings, he's the only father I have. Therefore, he is my model of manhood, and my estimation of him will govern the prospects of my adult relationships. So I hope you beer in mind that any knock at him is a knock at me, and I am far to young to cartoon myself against such onslaughts.

Suggest a quotation


  • The school Christmas show received three and a half stars, according to the billboard outside.
  • Marge parks in section ZZ of the car park at the mall.
  • At work, Homer okays all the dials, even one which is flashing and one in the red.
  • Homer does not buy a present for Lisa.
  • Other dogs in the race include: Whirlwind, Quadruped, Dog O' War, Fido and Chew My Shoe.
  • When Smithers tells the workers to keep working, they all stop and eat donuts, even one in a radiation suit.
  • The tattoo removal shop is next door to the tattoo shop.

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