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Merry Christmas from Santa Corporation

© Tom Toles

Aren’t you glad Santa is not run by a corporation? Oh wait!



  1. Jeff wrote:

    If anyone wants to read a short story about the privatization of Christmas, check out “Tis the Season” by China Mieville. Humorous, yet ominous.

    Friday, December 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink
  2. We’ve not tried to do Christmas, as usual. My husband would rather live debt free, and given the experience I’ve had with bankruptcy as a teenager, I kind of like the financial security.

    Actually, I’ve not done Christmas since I got to be an adult and found I couldn’t afford it. It just doesn’t happen on a non-tenured humanities Prof wages, not when one’s paying off the debt.

    So, yeah. *shrugs*

    Have a good Saturday everyone. Sorry to be the bummer, but it sort of fits the cartoon’s point. I wish for a society where cheapskate corporations are just not profitable.

    Friday, December 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Permalink
  3. Sammy wrote:

    Our household’s way of doing Christmas is to transfer some money every month into a savings sub-account called “Christmas account”. Then when Christmas shopping season arrives, we draw off that account. If we’re buying a few things here and there, we might not draw off it, and we’ve even rolled it over into subsequent years. We treat this monthly transfer as a “bill”, much like our other bills.

    Friday, December 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Permalink
  4. starluna wrote:

    We totally celebrate Christmas. We decorate all three floors. We throw parties. Hang out with friends. Eat and drink ourselves silly. We buy gifts for children and for each other. This is a tradition that matters to us.

    Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink
  5. patriotsgt wrote:

    We do the same Starluna. We alternate who’s home, my brother or I for Xamas day and my sister in law for xmas eve. We even do a breakfast with Santa the week before for all my wifes childcare clients and their children (ends up around 50 ppl).
    We love the season and its snowing today on Christmas, for the second time in my lifetime!

    Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink
  6. Iron Knee wrote:

    I’m a lifelong atheist, but I still celebrate Christmas. But with one exception. I don’t like giving or receiving presents. I still buy presents for the kids (mostly nieces and nephews), but none of my family exchange gifts. Well, I did buy a Kindle for my wife, but that wasn’t strictly a Christmas present.

    Other than that, I have no problem wishing everyone a very merry Christmas, no matter how you celebrate it (or even if you don’t celebrate it at all). Having so many wonderful readers (both those who make all the great comments and those who don’t) is the best Christmas present anyone could ever wish for. You guys are so good, I’ll end two sentences a proposition with!

    Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 11:03 am | Permalink
  7. RK wrote:

    As atheists, we also celebrate Christmas in our own way. We do, sometimes, exchange gifts. It is still a holiday for us, but has no religious significance.

    Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink
  8. Don wrote:

    Our Christmas observance pretty much parallels IK’s. Only gifts go to the kids. After my mother-in-law died on Christmas day four years ago, much of the luster has left the occasion. We do our getting together with family and friends before and after Christmas Day.

    Nonetheless, I wish all you practicing, semi-practicing, and barely practicing Christmas celebrators a wonderful day, no matter how you celebrate. (And remember, thanks to the great gods of the solstice, the days are now getting longer! Whahoo!!)

    Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink