Outside a store, a little boy tells his mom what he wants for Christmas. She puts money in a kettle and Santa gives the boy a candy cane, promising the boy the coonskin hat he wants. The lights on the store go out and a stranger (Ian McShane) approaches Santa, giving him grief for promising the boy something he might not get. Then he takes out a gun and shoots Santa. 1962 A little girl comes downstairs to see blood-stained Santa (McShane) in her living room, minus a beard. The little girl points out he's six days early, and asks why he broke the window to get in instead of using the chimney. He points out the logistical silliness of Christmas, and suggests Suzy take him to her parents.