Calvin and Hobbes Christmas


If you’re not familiar with Bill Watterson’s wonderful cartoons, Calvin and Hobbes, Google will introduce you to them here.

I don’t hate Christmas . . .


. . . but after spending part of yesterday amid the crowds shopping in Dunedin yesterday I thought of this :

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special!  How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?  ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

You don’t have to be a Christian to celebrate hope, joy, peace and love but too often they are forgotten in the madness that leads up to Christmas Day.

As I prepare for what started as a barbeque tonight for our local staff and grew I’m trying very hard to remember:

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.  ~Eric Sevareid

Parental love just biochemistry?


Happy birthday Bill Watterson, 52 today.

The ODT has always had good comic strips. Among the current ones is Calvin & Hobbes to which anyone who has a child, or has been a child, will relate.

However, my enjoyment of the cartoons isn’t confined to six times a week in the paper. I am fortunate to own the three volume Complete Calvin & Hobbes which brings me fresh amusement each time I open it.


Mother: What’s wrong, what’s the matter?

Calvin: Do you think love is nothing but a biochemical reaction designed to make sure our genes get passed on?

Mother: Whatever it is, it’s all that’s keeping me from strangling you right now.

Calvin: Mum’s midnight reassurances are never very reassuring.

And one most journalists, and anyone else skilled in work avoidance, will relate to:

Calvin: The teacher reminded us that we only have a week left to finish our leaf collections, so we ought to be half done now.

Hobbes: You haven’t even started.

Calvin: Yeah but I work better under pressure.

Hobbes: Actually you work ONLY under pressure.

Calvin: That way the work time is more miserable but there’s less of it.

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