Naughty, Nice or Gross?

Cartoon of a boy and girl. The boy asks, "I can't be naughty during Christmas? What about gross? Can I be that?"
When people talk about doing something they know is wrong, they frequently describe it as feeling dirty and want to get clean. Boys, on the other hand, love to play in the mud. They jump at the chance to get messy and gross. If they can get Mom, a sister, or a friend that is a girl to be repulsed by their condition, so much the better!

This Christmas, maybe the best gift would be to let a boy get messy without getting on Santa’s naughty list. There has to be a place in the garage or in the basement you can spread out some paper and let the kids get a little creative and messy this holiday season. Just watch out for glitter. Once that is out of the container, that stuff shows up everywhere!

Christmas Competition

Cartoon of Santa and a boy. Santa Claus says, “It’s not a competition. And no, I won’t tell you what Bobby is getting.”Most kids aren’t as brash as this little guy. But this time of year, it gets easy to compare and wonder if Bobby is getting as much or more than the rest of us.

However, Christmas is not a competition. The only way to experience it with joy is to remember the first Christmas gift. After that first gift, nothing else comes close.

Saint Nick and Noncompetes

Cartoon of a stern businessman and Santa Claus. The man says, “I saw you at another mall, Santa. What about our noncompete agreement?”

Santa has a tough time in the retail world. He gives toys away, he cares about good behavior, he works at all the malls without concern for competition,  and his distribution system is superb to Amazon’s. Keep it up, Santa. We love you just the way you are!

Post-Christmas Run on a Warm Ohio Day

Since it is the post-Christmas week and most of us are off work, I am sharing a little of my day with a sketch.

This morning, I was thrilled to take a run with just shorts and a long-sleeve shirt. The temperature was in the mid-fifties when I hit the road. It is something rare for an Ohio, late December morning. It is also something I loved to do in Arizona.  Continue reading “Post-Christmas Run on a Warm Ohio Day”

Reindeer and Snowman Coloring page | Merry Christmas!

Thumbnail of coloring page: reindeer looking at snowman in a sleighMerry Christmas! Here is a coloring page for you and the kids. Click on the image and you can download a PDF of these two little guys.

Either Santa had to take some time off this year or he needed a little extra help. I picture snowmen as frigid scarecrows, like in the Wizard of Oz. They are always ready to help, and they would be more effective if they only had a brain! Continue reading “Reindeer and Snowman Coloring page | Merry Christmas!”