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.