'The Simpsons' Christmas couch gag has Mrs. Krabappel as an angel

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"The Simpsons" is covering all of its holiday bases with the next couch gag, which will air before Sunday's (Dec. 15) episode, "White Christmas Blues." The entire opening has been redone with a Christmas theme, though there are shout outs to pretty much every December holiday on the calendar, including Festivus.

There's also a nice tribute to those in the "Simpsons" family who died in 2013, star Marcia Wallace (Mrs. Krabappel) and writer Don Payne. They both appear as angels, among the citizens of Springfield. It's the second tribute to Wallace, after Bart wrote a single "We'll really miss you, Mrs. K." on the chalkboard during the Nov. 3 episode.

"The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
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