Ho Ho the Mistletoe

Cartoon of a boy and girl under mistletoe. The boy says, “Eew! Get away from me! There is no way I’m getting mistletoed!”

This is a cartoon I did twelve years ago. At the time, my son was six years-old. The thought of mistletoe made his skin crawl. He would have nothing to do with it. Now that he’s eighteen, I need to ask him if his opinion has changed.

Stalker Claus

Cartoon of a girl and someone with a bag over their head. The girl says, “I know what you mean. ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ gives me the creeps too.”

Santa seems to be a bit of a stalker.

He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been good or bad. Get a restraining order, for goodness sakes!”

Vexed Christmas Spirit

Cartoon of Scrooge and the ghost of Jacob Marley. Marley says, “You will be visited by three spirits: The Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas present, and Ghost of Christmas Mall Music.”

Christmas mall music has been vexing me lately. It’s a lot of cheer without the babe in the manger. Christmas music without Christ is vain, fluffy and nonsensical… much like the rest of the mall.


Cartoon of  Santa Claus and a boy. The boy says, “You know something? You are quite the phenomenon.”

Guys in red suits are always a phenomenon this time of year. I marvel at all of Santa’s helpers. There are a lot of varieties and interpretations of the jolly, old elf.

I drew this for Illustration Friday. This week’s word is “phenomenon.”

O Little North Pole

Cartoon of a boy and girl. The boy says, “I did some research. Did you know O little town of Bethlehem is nowhere near the North Pole?”

It can be confusing for kids when the whole Santa thing seems to get mixed up with the story of the Nativity in Luke, chapter 2. I’m sure Mary and Joseph would have been glad Bethlehem was nowhere near the North Pole. Just imagine trying to have a baby in that environment! It can easily get down to -45° Fahrenheit there! It’s a bad place to have a stable.