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'Family Guy' Christmas Special Tackles Sensitive Subject Of Overconsumption

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This year, Americans will spend $44 billion on Christmas gifts alone — a whopping $384 per household. And, of course that doesn’t include all the extra holiday expenses that come with the season (e.g. travel, food, gas, gift wrap). The point is that while the holidays can bring momentary monetary joy, there’s one family member we’re not considering: Mother Earth.

In this year’s Family Guy Christmas special, “Road to the North Pole,” Stewie and Brian leave Quahog in search of the real Santa Claus. After a series of mishaps and shenanigans, the duo finally make it to the North Pole only to discover that all is not well with Santa and his elves.

Instead of the pristine, jolly workshop one might imagine, Santa and his workers are so overwhelmed with the growing population’s desire for material possessions that the North Pole has been transformed into a series of coal-burning mega-factories. (Video after the jump below…)

The reindeer have gone rabid from eating elves, which had to reproduce at such a rapid speed that incest has all but wiped out the race, Santa’s having a breakdown, and Christmas is in serious jeopardy. But fear not! By the end of the episode, Brian and Stewie have convinced the world that consuming less can save the planet and that we should all do our part to avoid overconsumption. Amen.

Check out the episode below, and tell us how you plan to consume less this holiday season!

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