Throughout the special, Yukon is shown tossing his pick axe into the air, sniffing, and then licking the end that contacts the snow or ice, most of the time saying afterwards in disappointment, "Nothing." This leads the audience to believe that he is searching for either silver or gold by taste alone, though it turns out that he is actually seeking peppermint, as revealed at the end of the original version of the special.
Uncle Billy goes to Potter's bank to deposit $8,000 for the Building and Loan. He teases Potter, taking his newspaper and bragging about Harry being on the front page; the banker angrily grabs the newspaper, inside of which Billy has unintentionally tucked the envelope containing the money. Upon seeing the money, Potter realizes the potential scandal could lead to the Building and Loan's downfall and decides to hide it.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, "White Christmas" is not only the best-selling Christmas/holiday single, but also the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 100 million copies worldwide. The song was written by Irving Berlin and recorded by Bing Crosby for the 1942 musical Holiday Inn.
The song was first recorded by Doye O'Dell in 1948, and was popularized the following year in three separate recordings: one by country artist Ernest Tubb, one by musical conductor and arranger Hugo Winterhalter, and one by bandleader Russ Morgan and his orchestra.
Baum includes a list of ten reindeer, none of which match the names of the versions found in "A Visit from St. Nicholas". Flossie and Glossie are Santa's principal reindeer in Baum's story. Santa gathers eight more reindeer, named in rhyming pairs: Racer and Pacer, Fearless and Peerless, Ready and Steady, Feckless and Speckless.