For Better Or For Worse, December 26, 1979

For Better Or For Worse, December 26, 1979

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Michael probably just got overexcited by everything and then got burned out. He should take a cue from Elizabeth, who clearly has the right idea: if you're bored by the rest of Christmas, go for the Christmas treats. They'll never let you down.

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For Better Or For Worse, December 25, 1981

For Better Or For Worse, December 25, 1981

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The obvious question here is whether the grandparents were being generous and ignorant or devious and evil. My money's on devious, of course. Not only do they know they're going to be noisy with those instruments all through the house, I bet they also didn't bother to pay for lessons either. They want it to be as noisy and horrible sounding in the house as possible, to get back at Elly for whatever terrible thing she did to them in some previous year. That look on her face tells me she remembers it, too, and is thinking, "I guess this is what I deserve."

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Out Our Way, December 24, 1931

Out Our Way, December 24, 1931

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Children will go to great lengths to discover what their Christmas presents will be before they're supposed to open them. It's amazing that they never realize until they're older that having patience is far simpler, though it is inherently more time consuming.

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Out Our Way, December 24, 1922

Out Our Way, December 24, 1922

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Every kid has (or thinks they have) perfected the art of faking being asleep, for various reasons, but especially at Christmas. I've never been a parent, so I don't know how it is from their perspective. As a kid, though, I was always fairly sure that my parents thought I was asleep and didn't know that I wasn't, though I imagine they probably knew more often than then didn't. I never remember them saying anything about it, though. I guess it didn't really matter then, so maybe I shouldn't have bothered.

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Out Our Way, December 25, 1922

Out Our Way, December 25, 1922

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Maybe the dog didn't recognize him, but those kids most certainly do. That Santa isn't nearly plump enough to play the part. I can see he dropped the bag, but there's no sign of any discarded pillows or other stuffing to go inside the suit to simulate Santa's belly. That's why they want to know why he didn't go down the chimney. He's so thin, he would probably fit with no trouble.

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