Santa Claus forgot his glasses, so he distributes his gifts indiscriminately.
St. Nick's Spectacles (1906)
Original title: Les Lunettes du Père Noël
(Working) Le Bonhomme de Noël
(Original) Les Lunettes du Père Noël
Le Bonhomme Noël which in the catalogue is listed as Les Lunettes du pere Noel (St. Nick's Spectacles), is a very elaborate film with a variety of sets. The story begins with St. Nick having a drink with St. Peter up in heaven and leaving his spectacles on the table. Then he gets in his sled and starts delivering gifts, but his near-sightedness causes him to give everyone the wrong thing, so that the little girl gets the tin soldiers meant for the little boy, the boy gets the irons meant for the little girl, the "demi-mondaine" or high-class call girl gets the live rabbit meant for the cook and the amputee gets the pair of pants meant for the old dandy. St. Nick happens upon a couple of thieves, and tosses them down the chimney of the local police officer. Then he spies a very sick indigent child and showers him with gifts, clothes, medicine, and food. Finally, once his sled is empty, with a gesture he makes the right gifts fly up the wrong chimney and down into the correct one.
Source: Alice Guy Blaché: Lost Visionary of the Cinema, by Alison McMahan