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It's Christmas Eve, and everyone is a bit nervous. Probably has something to do with Killer Kane on the loose.
Freak and Gwen come over for dinner, and aside from being a bit spooked, everyone is actually having a pretty good time.
Grim tells stories about when he was a kid. You know, the "back in my day" type: "My father couldn't afford coal, so he'd write the word 'coal' on a piece of paper and put it in our stockings" (15.13). Hey-o.
After a few more far-fetched stories, everyone gets to open one present.
Grim opens a sweater from Gram. Then Gram gets a bracelet from Max. Max gives Freak a Swiss army knife, and we are left to imagine all the things Freak will be able to invent with it. Gram gives Gwen a scarf, and finally Max gets to open his present.
He decides to open the one from Freak. Not only does he get a present, but Freak has also rigged up this crazy contraption of a box before Max can even get to the goods.
Once he opens it, he sees that Freak has made a personalized dictionary of all his favorite words. It has words and definitions like, "AARDVARK, a silly-looking creature that eats ants" (15.35).
Max absolutely loves it. Duh.
Everyone goes to bed happy, but Max can't help having some weird dreams. When he wakes up, he hears someone breathing, and feels a very strong hand holding him down.
He hears a voice say, "I came back […] like I promised" (15.49). Yikes.