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This is the first episode to contain a live-action scene.
Mr. Hankey was originally supposed to be the focus of the entire show, but Comedy Central didn't allow it.
This was the first Christmas-themed episode of South Park.
This episode satirizes political correctness, and what would happen if you were to remove everything anyone would find offensive.
A running gag in this episode was Kenny surviving things that would have normally killed him. This is the first episode where he survives and when the phrase "The End" appears on screen Kenny cheers in joy. This makes this the first time that Kenny is shown to be aware of his tendency to die. The other boys also noticed that something felt "unfinished" but they could not place it.
During a spring 2002 rerun cycle, this was named by Comedy Central as the 4th most "notorious" episode of the series.
This is the only time Kenny survives through an episode in season 1 and first episode where he doesn't die.
According to "Goin' Down to South Park", Mr. Hankey was inspired by an event that happened to Trey Parker: when Trey was a kid, he had the habit of not flushing the toilet; because of this, Trey's dad told him that if he didn't flush the toilet, Mr. Hankey would come out and eat him.
Mr. Mackey was based on Trey Parker's junior high counsellor, Mr. Lackey.
Mr. Mackey believes that Kyle is suffering from "fecalphilia". The actual term for this is coprophilia. He put Kyle put on a prescription of Prozac to "treat" this. Prozac is the third most prescribed antidepressant in America.
This is the last episode to air in 1997.
References to Popular Culture
The entire episode is a parody of Christmas specials, right down to the music sounding somewhat (especially the Mr. Hankey song) like songs from other holiday specials. The opening sequence to the episode is a direct parody of A Charlie Brown Christmas right down to Stan's monologue about Christmas.
When everyone goes to get Kyle out of the insane asylum, they all shout "Merry Christmas Kyle Broflovski!" They do so in the same way everyone wished Charlie Brown a Merry Christmas at the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Further, this episode is a commentary on what seems yearly and constant debate on how to make Christmas non-offensive to other nationalities/faiths. In their typical style, both sides of the argument are shown going to ridiculous extremes.
Sheila Broflovski complains about Kyle playing St. Joseph. However, Joseph was in fact Jewish, making the casting rather appropriate.
Kyle's mother confuses Joseph of Arimathea with Joseph of Nazareth. Joseph of Nazareth was the adoptive father of Jesus Christ, Joseph of Arimathea—depending on what gospels you subscribe to—Was a rich man who donated his own prepared tomb for Jesus after he was crucified.
Mr. Garrison accuses Sheila Broflovski of raising Kyle up as a Pagan. Modern day associations aside, this is an accurate term which was used as blanket term denoting any religions that were founded prior to pre-Christian Europe.
This is the first time Mr. Garrison suggests they get rid of all the Mexicans. He suggests it again in It's Christmas in Canada, to which the Mayor, in annoyance says "Every year you suggest that, and every year we tell you 'NO'!"
Of all the things that people in South Park decide to remove from the Christmas pageant include mention of Frosty the Snowman.
Mr. Mackey throwing his coffee away when he was drinking which had Mr. Hankey in it and he said "You sick little Monkey!" which is a reference to Ren and Stimpy.
This episode includes a live action parody commercial advertising a make-your-own Mr. Hankey kit. It parodies many toy commercials, and the Mr. Hankey toy has similar properties to a Mr. Potato Head toy.
Stan is getting a John Elway football helmet for Christmas. Elway was quarter back for the Denver Broncos. He played in the NFL from 1983-1998.
Interrupting the end credits is a scene where Jesus is sullenly wishing his birthday to himself. This is a symbol that people usually forget what Christmas is about: Commemorating the birth of Jesus.
Philip Glass is a modern composer for orchestra's and film scores. Often credited as the innovator of the 'minimalism' style.
King Kamehameha referenced in Cartman's song about Sheila Broflovski was the greatest of the Hawaiian kings.
The 'VISIT SANTA!' shack is a reference to Matt & Trey's short film, The Spirit of Christmas which includes the same shack.
In the beginning you can see Cartman is not in the performance, but you can still hear him.
Token's skin tone is white while he's watching the performance.
There are two problems about Kenny taking off the "offensive" star on the show:
Kenny seems to be listening to Mr. Garrison with the rest of the cast while taking down the star.
The star appears above a shark tank backstage as Kenny is taking it down, but is shown in front of the main curtain to the audience.
When Kyle is being punished by his father, the menorah in the living room is lit to the sixth night of Chanukah. According to the Hebrew calendar, if this episode was set in the year it aired, the events would begin three days after Christmas.
Mr. Garrison said that Kyle was a Pagan. Kyle is not a Pagan, but Abrahamic like the other boys. Abrahamic refers to a religion connected to Abraham- Christianity, Judaism, Islamic, etc. Paganism refers to a religion not connected to Abraham- Wicca, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.