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This year's Glee Christmas episode started off with an explanation from Jane Lynch as to why this episode was airing now, instead of last year. Long story short - Fox canned it because it wasn't fitting to their standards. (In reality, none of this happened, and this episode was filmed recently).
At McKinley, the school is concerned with two things this Christmas season: the school's "green" Christmas tree contest, and creating a living manger after the one outside of the school was vandalized.
Tina desperately wants to win the contest, because first prize is a plastic angel. Unfortunately, Sue is judging the contest and plans to put the club in last place.
They won't let that happen though, and while singing "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree," the Glee Club creates a beautiful tree that is decorated solely with green and environmentally friendly ornaments. Even Sue can't deny the tree is amazing, and sure enough, the Glee Club ends up winning the contest. The runners-up are the Biology Club, the 4/20 Club, and Bieste and the football team - Becky doesn't win, and she's very upset, and sinks into a funk.
Because they feel bad that she lost, Sam and Tina decide to give the angel to Becky, and then also give her the role of Baby Jesus for the living manger scene as well.
Casting for the manger scene becomes a heated contest between Marley, Unique and Tina. Kitty, despite being Christian, doesn't appear to want it, though she is extremely offended by the audition song the other girls performed, "Mary's Little Boy Lord." When Marley, who gets the role, realizes why Kitty won't take the role, despite wanting it badly, she hatches a plan with the rest of the club to convince Kitty to take the part.
For the plan, the girls turn the manger scene into perhaps the most offensive one ever created, as they parade around in Supremes-inspired outfits, sing the Supremes' "Love Child," and turn the baby Jesus into a black doll. It infuriates Kitty enough that she takes the part after all.
The living manger is actually quite nice, and helps close out the episode with the club (and the New York kids) singing "Away in a Manger."
Santana is in town just stopping by to see Kurt and Rachel as she tries to get over breaking up with Brittany. The three take jobs as elves at a store's Santa Land display, but unfortunately for them, they have the worst Santa ever - he never shows up for work and has a drinking problem.
Being the ever-resourceful performers they are, they begin singing "Here Comes Santa Claus." Unfortunately, the angry mob of children don't approve and start throwing things at them.
Attempt number two sees Santana dressed as a sexy Mrs. Claus, and while the kids initially respond well to her, she is perhaps the worst Mrs. Claus ever, and insults the kids instead of helping them.
Enter Cody, also known as "Sexy Claus," who agrees to help them out with their troubles if he can come over for dinner first. So they invite him to the Bushwick apartment for a tree-trimming party.
At the apartment, Cody gets them high on helium and they sing "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)." Afterwards, the high inspires Rachel to invite Santana to move to New York, and Kurt begins making out with the bi-sexual Santa Claus.
The next morning however, after the girls wake up, they find a half-naked Kurt bound and gagged on his bed, and the apartment empty. Sexy Claus was actually there to rob them.
Kurt feels ashamed by what happened, especially when they learn that Cody also robbed Santa Land - and got them all fired. But Rachel has gotten them new jobs. They close out the episode also singing "Away in a Manger," this time from their new jobs as singing mannequin-type people in a Manhattan store window display.