Calvin and Hobbes, and the Peanuts Gang: Describing Christmas in America

The cartoonists Charles Schultz knew, and Bill Watterson knows, an immense amount about the uniquely American way to celebrate Christmas.

wake-up.

Their work speaks for itself. no-money

I hope you enjoy these cartoons, and have both a Happy Christmas and Merry New Year.

calvin_xmas

Please buy the books with these comic strips. They’re easy to find on Amazon, and many other places. 

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Books make excellent gifts, not just for holidays, but at any time. Christmas is also a time associated with eating good food, too, of course. Calvin’s table manners are atrocious, of course, but his parents do try.

calvin

 

calvin-and-hobbes-family-dinner

Christmas Break, Winter vacation, or whatever you choose to call it gives us all time to be with our families and friends.

camping-with-friends

Santa Claus is also a big part of Christmas in America. Whether we like it or not, the same is true of capitalism.

financed-santa

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capitalism-interrupts

Reality often clashes with our ideals. That’s part of being human, in any season.

money

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charlie-brown-acting-like-calvin

flamethrower

An emotionally-charged phrase, “true meaning of Christmas,” is repeatedly explained, forgotten, rediscovered, celebrated, etc. — and, of course, we argue about it. We’re Americans, after all.

Sometimes, we also listen to each other. Other times, we don’t, even when we need to, and the opportunity presents itself. 

competition

grenade-launcher

christmas-tree

The holiday season is often rough on those of us who struggle with depression. These cartoonists tackled such issues head-on. However, they never claimed to have all the answers.

get-some-friends

if-i-get-a-present

santa-flambe

Happy Christmas, and Merry New Year, to you and yours.

charlie-brown-acting-like-calvin

show-and-tell

show-and-tell

Peace be with you.

lifestyle

mom-dad-santa-hobbes

cute-snoopy

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smack-susie

who-needs-santa-claus

loot

nap-time

marx-and-tv

One thing both comic strips have in common is a focus on children and childhood. Reading them can help one keep from losing the essence of youth, no matter what age one reaches.

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Bill Watterson, Charles Schultz: thank you for sharing your ideas about Christmas, and life itself, with us, over the decades. I’ll let Schultz have the last word.

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