Only Alfred Hitchcock would brick up his fireplace on Christmas Eve. Maybe because he's the only one who could get away with it with finding coal in his stocking the next day!
In the intro to the December 18, 1955 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Hitchcock, brick in hand, said, "Santa Claus is always bringing surprises to others. I thought it would be interesting if someone surprised him for a change. I’m rather tired of his tracking soot in here every year." Then he places the final brick in place and continues, "There. Let him Ho Ho Ho himself out of that!"
This episode, "Santa Claus and the 10th Avenue Kid," makes for first-rate yuletide entertainment. Watch it on Hulu.com. And...
to all my Hitchcock Geek friends!