The year is 1969, and it's Christmastime in San Diego. As Alvin and the Chipmunks play, we watch as people spend time in the sunshine, walking, jogging, and even surfing. Santa is sporting his seasonal swim trunks. (Is this not how Christmas looks everywhere?)
Young William Miller and his mother Elaine walk down the sidewalk, having just finished watching To Kill a Mockingbird in the theater.
William and Elaine discuss the movie in question. As Elaine questions her son about his take on the movie, it becomes clear that young William is quite precocious, while his mother has no shortage of strong opinions.