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The cartoonists Charles Schultz knew, and Bill Watterson knows, an immense amount about the uniquely American way to celebrate Christmas.
Their work speaks for itself.
I hope you enjoy these cartoons, and have both a Happy Christmas and Merry New Year.
Please buy the books with these comic strips. They’re easy to find on Amazon, and many other places.
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.
Christmas Break, Winter vacation, or whatever you choose to call it gives us all time to be with our families and friends.
Santa Claus is also a big part of Christmas in America. Whether we like it or not, the same is true of capitalism.
Reality often clashes with our ideals. That’s part of being human, in any season.
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.
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.
Happy Christmas, and Merry New Year, to you and yours.
Peace be with you.
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.
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.
Why do people so often, and completely incorrectly, say they “can’t wait” for things? No one ever says this, it seems, unless they already are waiting for whatever they are talking about.
A seasonal example: “I can’t wait for Christmas!”
When I hear this, I generally point out to people that they are already waiting, and therefore, obviously, they can do so.
What is it with this? Why do so many people say this thing that clearly makes no sense at all?
I may have heard the objection a thousand times, living here in Arkansas: “They’re trying to ‘X’ out the ‘Christ’ from ‘Christmas!'”
Such people have apparently never heard of one of the most ancient Christian symbols in existence (and still in heavy use):
Chi and rho are the first two letters one uses to spell “Christ” in Greek, the original language of most of the New Testament. It makes much more sense to interpret the “X” in “Xmas” as a reference to Christ, through the “chi” in the “Chi Rho” symbol, rather than some insidious plot to eliminate Christ from this holiday — a holiday with a history that, as many people know, predates Christ by centuries, anyway.
Of course, those people who object to “Xmas” don’t know about the Greek letter chi, or the fact that it looks just like an “X,” as used in English, or that the two letters represent very different sounds. There’s no shame in simple ignorance, curable as it is by education. However, I would wager that most of those who object to “Xmas” also do not want to know these things, either, and in that, there is shame. Not wanting one’s own ignorance to be replaced by knowledge is an excellent definition for stupidity.