Looking back at Marvel Comics's holiday anthology series from the early '90s
The X-Men in "A Miracle A Few Blocks Down From 34th Street"
Published in "Marvel Holiday Special" 1991
By Scott Lobdell, Dave Cockrum, Joe Rubinstein, Roxanne Starr and Paty Cockrum
Most of the stories in these five anthologies feature Marvel heroes rockin' around the Christmas Tree with Marvel villains, and this tale featuring the All-New, All-Different X-Men is the best of that particular bunch. The short starts with an alert from Cerebro interrupting the X-Men's tree trimming. The team investigates at a shopping center where they run into a forgotten iteration of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants that includes Mastermind, Toad, Unus the Untouchable and Blob. The story's notable for containing the new X-team's first encounter with the Brotherhood, as well as taking place at a time when the new heroes weren't all that friendly towards each other.
But what makes this issue so Christmas-y? It's heavily implied that the mutant Cerebro detected is actually Santa Claus, who makes an appearance at the end of the story. His mutant power apparently involves turning humans into toys, which he demonstrates on the bad guys. That really makes you question ever toy you ever got on Christmas morning, doesn't it?