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"Baby's First Christmas" is the Christmas episode of the Hanna-Barbera animated series The Smurfs, aired in the show's third season. As such, it is the second Christmas special starring the characters from the Belgian comic series Les Schtroumpfs by Peyo.


On a white wintry day in the Smurf Village, Papa Smurf announces that this Christmas will be very special because it is Baby Smurf's first Christmas. As Hefty encourages his fellow Smurfs to make it one that Baby will remember, Papa Smurf tells Baby about how Christmas is the time they celebrate with music (as Harmony tries to play along with them playing the Smurf song with bells), food (as Brainy and Clumsy get stuck together pulling Smurfberry taffy), and by gathering mistletoe from the Great Oak Tree. Papa Smurf shows what mistletoe is used for by kissing Baby while holding up a sprig. Grouchy says, "I hate kissing"...but then he holds up a sprig and sneaks Smurfette a kiss. Baby then sees that it is also used for decorating the village, with Tailor showing a bunch of red and green diapers hanging on clotheslines that would really put Baby in the Christmas spirit all season long. Dreamy sits high on a hill overlooking the village and sighs, saying that this is the time of the year when the whole world is filled with love and holiday cheer.

Meanwhile, Gargamel is writing a letter to jolly old Nicholas the toymaker and gift bringer, asking him to bring six Smurfs for Christmas. He tells Azrael that he writes the same letters year after year, but he knows that someday Nicholas will answer one of them. As he goes outside to send off his letter, he finds a present outside his door, saying that every year he gets the same kind of present from the Smurfs, and that this time he's not going to fall for it. But as he tries to kick it away, it explodes, causing him to lose one of his shoes.

In another castle, Chlorhydris the evil witch rants and raves about Nicholas spreading joy and cheer every Christmas, which she is sick to death of hearing about as she hates love. As she pulls a cord and descends into the hellish depths of her castle, she plans to give Nicholas a gift of her own--the kiss of hate.

Nicholas is in his home singing "Deck the Halls" while reading his Christmas list, which seems to be getting longer year after year. As he works on getting all his presents ready for delivery, a little puppy moans and scratches on the door outside. He happily takes it inside to care for him.

In a small home, a young boy in rags named Eric Norton is watching over his sick mother lying in her bed, who wishes that he could have a nice Christmas like his friends, but regrets that the only thing she could give him this year is a little bit of bread. He consoles her by saying that at least they have each other, which is all that matters. While she sleeps, he writes a letter to Nicholas, saying that he needs nothing, only for his mother to be well.

As the Smurfs are out picking more mistletoe, they see Chlorhydris riding in a carriage. They hide and watch as she summons her driver, Reeves, to climb a tree and get a sprig. Papa Smurf wonders what she wants with it, as it is normally a symbol of love, the very thing she hates, so the Smurfs hitch a ride on the carriage as it takes off again so they can investigate.

Nicholas takes some time to sit by the fire and read the letters that he has received. The first one is from Gargamel, who is asking for a Smurf, despite Nicholas not even knowing what one is. Chlorhydris then shows up at his front door, claiming she's a new neighbor who has come to bring holiday cheer. As she holds up the mistletoe sprig and kisses him, his cheery demeanor changes to a mean spirit who ends up kicking the puppy out of his home. Chlorhydris is pleased that her kiss of hate worked, but then the sprig shrivels up, and she goes back into her carriage to return to her castle, laughing as she now sees that there will be no presents for the children this year or any year.

While Gargamel prepares for receiving his Christmas presents, the Smurfs, who were watching what happened at Nicholas' door, come out of hiding to examine the shriveled mistletoe sprig. Papa Smurf sees that Chlorhydris has put a spell on it, which means that it has been used for an evil spell that has taken away Nicholas' love. Tailor asks Papa Smurf if he can give Nicholas his love back, but Papa Smurf says that he can't, because love must come from within his own heart. As Nicholas goes to bed to sleep through Christmas, the Smurfs look through his window and wonder who's going to finish the toys and deliver them. Papa Smurf asks his little Smurfs if they're willing to give up their Christmas to finish the job, and they say that they will, that they won't let a Chlorhydris ruin anybody's Christmas.

During Nicholas' resting, the Smurfs sneak into Nicholas' workshop and complete the abandoned work, with Papa Smurf reading the list and most of his little Smurfs painting and assembling the toys, with Greedy icing the cookies. Soon everything is complete and all the requests have been answered, with the Smurfs letting out a sigh of relief. As Tailor goes into the closet to get some wrapping paper, a pile of letters falls out, which makes Papa Smurf realize that they still have more work to do. But then Nicholas wakes up and asks them who they are. As the other Smurfs run and hide, Papa Smurf tells them that he is under an evil spell, which he denies, and then explains to him who they are and what they were doing in his home. He goes to his living room and lets them finish the job he has abandoned, saying that he washes his hands clean of doing anything for Christmas.

A while later, the presents are finished and loaded onto the sleigh, and Papa Smurf is at the reins ready to get the reindeer going so that he and his little Smurfs can deliver them. But the reindeer refuse to go anywhere without Nicholas controlling them, which means that Chlorhydris' plan to stop Christmas is working, which makes Baby cry. Meanwhile, Eric and his mother prepare for a good night's sleep, with him hoping that Nicholas would answer his request. Gargamel, also preparing to go to sleep, is already imagining the Christmas dinner he and Azrael will have with Smurfs as the main course. And Chlorhydris settles down for a restful sleep, knowing that this Christmas will truly be merry for her.

The Smurfs finally confront Nicholas to tell him that the reindeer can't go anywhere without him, but he says it's their problem now. Smurfette scolds him for his selfishness, saying that he started the tradition and it's up to him to keep it going. As he pounds his chair, insisting that he isn't going to do anything, one last letter falls out of the closet. The puppy delivers it to him, who then finds out that it's from Eric, the poorest boy in town, and all he's asking for is his mother to get well. Nicholas wants to help him, but he doesn't feel like he used to. Then Baby sneaks up to him and starts playing around in his beard until he kisses him, which restores his cheerful spirit.

The Smurfs cheer at this development, but now they face the problem of getting the presents delivered, and Nicholas now sees that his reindeer won't be able to finish by Christmas morning. But then Baby waves his hands, and soon Nicholas and the Smurfs see that the reindeer and sleigh are both flying. He is amazed by this miracle, and soon he and the Smurves take to the sky to make sure the children get their presents.

By Christmas morning, Eric wakes up to find a Christmas tree, a Christmas dinner, and a Christmas present in the form of a little puppy all waiting for him, and calls his mother in to share the exciting news. She enters the room, and he sees that she is out of bed and walking. She says that she feels so happy now that she's healthy again, which makes him also happy that this is the best Christmas.

Meanwhile, Chlorhydris is out for a morning ride with Reeves, waiting to see the result of the mayhem she has caused, and spots Eric's house. She tells Reeves to pull over so she could see what his Christmas would be like without Nicholas. But instead, she sees him and his mother dancing for joy, which makes her realize that Nicholas has broken her spell and vow that she will get revenge eventually. At Gargamel's hovel, he looks at his stockings to see what Nicholas has left him, and finds nothing except a wind-up mouse that Azrael chases around on the floor.

Back in the Smurf Village, the Village Smurphony Orchestra plays while the Smurfs dance around the Christmas tree, happy that Baby's first Christmas has turned out well. Handy, however, wonders how Nicholas' reindeer were able to fly, and all Papa Smurf could say is that it's something that will forever remain a mystery.

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Christmas Specials Based on Comic Books
DC Comics "Cool, Cruel Christmas Caper" • Batman Returns • "Christmas With the Joker" • "Season's Greedings" • "Home is Where the Hurt is" • "Twas the Night Before Mxymas" • "Holiday Knights" • "Frozen Out" • "Comfort and Joy" • "Lexmas" • "Gemini" • "Storybook Holiday" • "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" • "Second Christmas" • "The True Meaning of Christmas" • "Halloween v Christmas" • "Teen Titans Save Christmas" • "It's a Superful Life" • "Fortress of Solidarity" • "Super Gift Swap" • Shazam! • "Beast Boy on a Shelf" • "Christmas Crusaders • "A Holiday Story"
Marvel "Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas" • "Reinforcement" • Iron Man 3 • "Nightmare on Christmas" • "It's a Wonderful Smash" • Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight! • "Jingle Bell Rock" • "The Moon Knight Before Christmas" • "The Present" • "A Very Spidey Christmas" • Spider-Man: No Way Home • "Halted Holiday" / "Merry Spidey Christmas" • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Archie "A Girl and Her Cat" • "Sabrina Claus" • "Christmas Amnesia" • "Sabrina, Nipping at Your Nose" • "The Christmas Phantom" • "Witchmas Carole" • "Sabrina's Perfect Christmas" • "It's a Hot, Hot, Hot, Hot Christmas" • "Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night"
Other companies The Smurfs' Christmas Special • "Baby's First Christmas" • 'Tis the Season to Be SmurfyWe Wish You a Turtle Christmas • "Santa Mask" • "The Tick Loves Santa!" • "The Black Christmas Syndrome" • Richie Rich's Christmas Wish • "The Christmas Aliens" • Gotta Catch Santa ClausThe Smurfs: A Christmas Carol • "The Christmas Star" • O Holy Knight!