How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window?
The Fight Before Christmas
Donnie Fatso

Cultural References

  • The intro melody is a traditional song "Carol of the Bells".
  • The title is a parody of the book "The Night Before Christmas".
  • Katy Perry's song "I Kissed a Girl" is mentioned and said by Mr. Burns.
  • It is the first time Katy Perry has been featured in The Simpsons.
  • The DVD Maggie holds up is called the Fluppets, a parody of The Muppets.
    • In the last segment Abe and Jasper are Statler and Waldorf, the two Muppets who comment on everything.
  • There is the Powerpuff Girls episode of the same title.
  • Bart's dream seems to resemble and parody "The Polar Express".
  • The Flying German Elephant is the parody of Dumbo The Flying Elephant.



  • This is the first time the entire family is seen in 3D.
  • This episode, alongside Simpsons Bible Stories, Four Great Women and a Manicure and 22 Short Films About Springfield are the only anthology episodes that contain more than three stories.
  • When Bart is at the North Pole, Schroeder of the Peanuts can be seen playing his piano.
  • At the end of the episode, as a tribute to Sesame Street, stated by Simon Singh's book "The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets", it ends with the traditional sponsorship announcement. However, the announcement says "Tonight's Simpsons episode was brought to you by the symbol umlaut, and the number e; not the letter e, but the number whose exponential function is the derivative of itself."
  • This is the second time the Simpsons sang "The Twelve Days of Christmas".


  • When the Security snowmen are melting, Lisa briefly disappears. She reappears later when Bart eats one of the guard's "nose".
  • Televisions already existed in 1944, but they were very rustic and expensive.
  • Martha Stewart managed to get pine tree branches from Marge's window, but the only thing close to the window was her improvised ladder with a fence.
  • Katy is looking raunchy and is in a very seductive mood.

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