What is the significance of the scene described in this passage from O. Henry's "Compliments of the Season"?

As his fingers closed on the slender glass stem his disabilities dropped
from him for one brief moment. He straightened himself; and Time, so
disobliging to most of us, turned backward to accommodate Fuzzy.
Forgotten Christmas ghosts whiter than the false beards of the most
opulent Kris Kringle were rising in the fumes of Grogan's whisky. What
had the Millionaire's mansion to do with a long, wainscoted Virginia
hall, where the riders were grouped around a silver punch-bowl, drinking
the ancient toast of the House? And why should the patter of the cab
horses' hoofs on the frozen street be in any wise related to the sound
of the saddled hunters stamping under the shelter of the west veranda?
And what had Fuzzy to do with any of it?

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What all of this is saying is that Fuzzy has temporarily returned to a time long in the past.  The author says a ghost has visited him.

He wants to give the lady the compliments of the season -- an old-fashioned tradition no longer observed.  The narrator is pointing out how incongruous this is in the current setting.  He mentions three things that distinguish the current setting from the setting in which this tradition was typically carried out.  He is saying that this home in the modern city is nothing like an old country home where people used to observe this tradition.

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