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In the Beginning, There Was Homer
on January 6, 2004
"The Simpson's Christmas" is a story about how Homer doesn't get his Christmas bonus, and so he looks for creative options to buy presents and a tree. He tries to be a Christmas Santa only to be paid a measly wage. How will he get his family Christmas presents?
Homer is shown as a caring father, wanting to do the right thing no matter what the cost. Although he isn't the smartest, classiest guy in Springfield, he does his best.
"The Simpson's Christmas" (officially called "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire") was made in the series' infancy. It shows. It is not as tightly written as today's shows. The voices of Homer, Barney and Mr. Burns aren't the same as today. The animation is weak, and the facial expressions are sometimes overdone, almost hackneyed. None of that diminishes the need to seen this episode.
As a point of history, it is intriguing to see this video and realize the evolution of the series. It isn't fair to compare then and now, but so much has improved since the beginning. The Simpson's started as a great toon, and now is a great series. Episode by episode, it keeps getting better and better.
You will want to find this on DVD for archiving purposes. Some mournful day, Fox will cancel the series and eventually, shows like this will be hard to find.
I fully recommend "The Simpson's Christmas."