The boarders assign each other a Secret Santa, and Arnold has to get a present for Mr. Hyunh. He hears his story about his lost daughter Mai, and decides to search the city for her.
Arnold attempts to locate Mai Hyunh through government records, but is rebuffed by the city archivist, Mr. Bailey. Eventually he and Gerald work out a deal; they do all Mr. Bailey’s Christmas shopping and he will give him the information. They nearly complete the list, but fall short in getting a pair of Nancy Spumoni snow boots. Without the critical item he refuse to give the boys the location of Mai.
Meanwhile, Helga searches the city frantically for a perfect present for Arnold, but is unsuccessful due to his fixation on to complete Mr. Bailey’s shopping list. Learning of the final item she rebukes his quest and faith in Christmas. However, when given a pair of the popular snow boots by her mother, she is able to get Mr. Bailey to search the records through an impassioned speech on Arnold needing a Christmas miracle.
On Christmas Day Arnold is down trodden over not getting Mai and her father back together. Mr. Hyunh is understanding, but depressed. At that point the door bell rings and Phil answers it, only to find Mai Hyunh. Mai comes in and is reunited with Mr, Hyunh. Far out of sight Helga wishes Arnold a Merry Christmas.
All I have to say is…
focus your passionate heart on what is important in this life and just GO FOR IT (who cares how much effort that is needed to make it successful). If you haven’t learned what is meaningful…go searching…now…because at the end of your life, that is what will be important to you. Start now…it is never to late to find out what truly brings warmth, character, and satisfaction to your life. Fight past the distractions and the pleasures to find it every day.
Arnold…you are a legend. Thank you for making me feel accepted when wanting to be a person with values. You really gave me hope as a youngster to be who I am today…and continue to inspire me to be the courageous, respectful, humble, caring, understanding, and ever-growing character I want to be tomorrow.
- “Arnold’s Christmas” Hey Arnold!
AND OF COURSE, A TRIBUTE TO JIM LANG, WHO MADE THE SHOW 100x COOLER THAN IT ALREADY IS…SWEET SWEET JAZZ…mmhhmmm