At the Vandersnoot mansion on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Vandersnoot pays The Monkees $100 each in advance to stay with her nephew, Melvin, who refuses to go with her on a Christmas cruise. A cynical twelve-year-old soured on the whole Christmas racket, Melvin resists all The Monkees' efforts to entertain him. Sure the rich kid will enjoy Christmas shopping, The Monkees take him to a department store. There Peter tries out a motorcycle but goes too fast, and he almost wrecks the place and knocks himself unconscious, while Melvin remains a bored onlooker. When The Monkees are charged $320 for damages by the department store ($20 more for the stretcher Mike and Davy use to haul Peter) and $19.95 by a doctor for Peter's examination, Melvin thinks the boys are stupid to feel Christmas is special. The boys then discover Melvin doesn't know how to smile, and decide to show him the true meanings of Christmas. The quartet ventures into a car lot full of evergreen trees to pick one out for purchase. M
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