The episode begins right as Christmas vacation has started for the students of P.S. 118. While on a walk with her best friend, Phoebe, Helga talks about how she thinks Christmas is all about presents and then notices a display case showing off what she wants the most – Nancy Spumoni snow boots. Rhonda points out to her that she’d have a hard time receiving them, as the stores are pretty much sold out, but she is certain that she will be receiving them because she has been dropping hints about it to her parents, Big Bob and Miriam, for weeks. Shortly afterward, she notices Arnold walking by and soliloquizes about how she secretly loves him and wants to find the perfect gift for him.