"A First Christmas" is the second Christmas episode of the CBS drama series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, originally aired as the thirteenth episode of the show's third season.


Dr. Mike intervenes in their behalf when a Jewish peddler family arrives in town and is met with prejudice and harassment from townsfolk. Itzahk, the head of the family, enters Loren's store to scope out his competition, which enrages Loren. Loren refuses to give credit to Robert E. and Horace if they buy anything from him, and has a grudge against Jewish people because one of them put his father out of business by outselling him, which also ruined him. Sully informs him that the Cheyenne would be willing to do business with him, and Itzahk manages to win over Cloud Dancing after struggling to barter. Brian tells Aaron about Santa Claus and Christmas, who is of Jewish faith. Aaron's mother takes Aaron away while the children are caroling because she feels it is threatening the culture and religion he was raised to follow. Dr. Mike tries to invite her to Christmas supper but she refuses. Loren, deeply annoyed by Itzahk's presence in the town, tries to get Jake and Hank to take his side, but Hank reveals he was once stuck in a blizzard and his life was saved by a Jew, so he refuses to play along. Jake, who dislikes the ruckus Itzahk makes in the street, tries to throw his weight around as mayor and forbids peddling, but Dr. Mike believes Itzahk deserves a fair say from the masses, calls a town meeting, and he is voted to be allowed to stay. After Mrs Frankel arrives at the clinic with her sick baby, and invites Dr. Mike and the family to Hanukkah Loren, inflamed over his competition, incites others to commit violence against them, and a group of drunken men tries to tip over Itzahk's wagon. However, the wagon lands on top of Itzhak and Loren is scorned for taking out his hatred of Jews on an innocent family, causing him to seek forgiveness. Also, Matthew masquerades as Santa Claus for Brian, who thinks he won't show up in a town that lacks people who have not been acting good. When the family prepares to leave the next day, everyone shows up to convince them to settle here claiming it was because of the Christmas Spirit and to show they cared and were sorry for mistreating them. With everyone giving something to them out of generosity, the family decides to stay in town, while Santa Claus pays a surprise visit to Colorado Springs.

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