The Simpsons own Halloween every year with their “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, and this year’s impressive and referential couch gag guest directed by Guillermo del Toro only hammered that point home. But this year, they’re turning their clever eye toward the yuletide season with a very Christmassy opening that turns Springfield into the North Pole, its citizens into elves, wizards, Heat and Snow Misers, and the like, and features more Santa’s Little Helper than we’ve seen in decades. Otto attempting to smoke a psychedelic candy cane is a highlight, as are Apu’s Hindu idols, Krusty eating Chinese food with other Jewish people, and Lou, Dr. Hibbert, and Carl celebrating Kwanzaa. Hell, Millhouse even tries his hand at being Linus from A Charlie Brown Christmas and Comic Book Guy celebrates Festivus.
It’s exactly the kind of detail you’d expect from the longest running prime time animated show ever made.