Merry Christmas!


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Between a compressed work week and holiday activity, I’ve taken a de facto week off. I do want to take a moment to wish you and yours the happiest of holidays. Thank you for visiting with me here and for all your kind words and your interest in Arlo & Janis; I’m very humbled. Now, go and be merry!

39 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!”

  1. Merry Christmas to you also Jimmy. Thank you for all of your work this past year to keep things together on this site and all of the retro toons you provide us with.

  2. Debbe 😉 The final song on my Christmas Playlist was the children’s version of the TSO Christmas Canon that Lady Mindy posted. Somehow, that seems appropriate, as her mind and mine often seem to run along the same track. (Poor baby.) But that’s OK, as my little playlist has been overtaken by events.

    In place of listening to a song, take a moment today to honor the memory of Mike Monies and to think of Jackie and their daughters.

    May you all have the merriest Christmas possible.

  3. Jackie, the sorrow will always be there, so remember the love and the joy. Speak often of Mike and say his name and he will always be alive in your heart. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  4. Jimmy, Merry Christmas to you and yours, and thank you for the gift of not only the daily comic but this Village that we share with our friends!

    Ghost Sweetie, we had the sports car talk years ago, and Husband knows they are out of the question. 🙂 Give me a pick-up truck any day! Merry Christmas to you and your Mom!

    eMb, cell phones can indeed be a curse when used at the wrong time!

    Jerry, not sure about the fruitcake, but I will have a glass of eggnog with you. Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas to all in our Village!

  5. Trapper [and Jackie]: ‘Speak often of Mike and say his name and he will always be alive in your heart.’

    Good advice, which I’ve been following for four years from this coming Sunday. It works. She is.

    Peace, emb

  6. Jackie, with all you share, your loss is very real to us and as others have said, we thank you for sharing. — — and Merry Christmas Mr. Johnson, glad you weren’t too close to that nasty weather

  7. This N. MN town has its second brown Christmas in my memory [we moved to MN in ’58]. First brown Christmas was several years back, but after we moved to this house in late ’05, I think. Land is probably 98% snow free. Most of what’s left is the remains of piles left by snowplows. There is probably some also in the woods and on the N. side of the berm, but I’m not going to check. It’s 28F now, 31 hi predicted, 20 hi tomorrow [the Feast of Stephen].

    This is easy on the resident white-tails, but not so much on the small critters. Snow insulates. Frost can go deeper now, but we’ve not had much bitter cold weather, say -20 or -30F. Snow is likely to accumulate in Jan-early March.

    Christmas dinner soon at Community Holiday Meals at First Lutheran. Peace, emb

  8. Jimmy:

    Merry Christmas and thank you so much for your work and this blog so that other strange, er interested readers can discuss everything but the cartoons that you create. OK, sometimes we talk about them.

    Greg Evans pretty much took a day off today as his Luann strip was pretty simple.

    Take it easy, watch football and enjoy your family this week.

  9. Merry Christmas to you Jimmy, and all the Villagers too. No matter the circumstances you find yourself in God’s Blessings to you, and may peace be yours.
    Luke 2:8-18New King James Version (NKJV)

    Glory in the Highest
    8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold,[a] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

    13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

    14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”[b]
    15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[c] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

  10. Trucker: I’d seen still photos and drawings before, but hadn’t watched its flexible skull bones at work. As a kid and teen, it was interesting to realize that the vertebrate skull had relatively recently become a box, particularly so in mammals, but was a flexible array of bones in many fishes, herps, and even birds, many of which can move their upper jaws. Neat photos.

    Ursen: My NKJV is a Gideons Bible, and lacks those [a], [b], and [c] notes. What do they say?

  11. Ursen: My NKJV is a Gideons Bible, and lacks those [a], [b], and [c] notes. What do they say?

    I found them on line. Apparently another version [NU] lacks ‘behold’ and ‘widely’ [which would tell us why this tale is not found in The Jerusalem Daily for 25 Dec., 4 BCE], and uses ‘to all of good will’ or some such to avoid the gender problem.

  12. Jerry, if I could still eat such things without worrying about all the carbs, I’d take the eggnog and fruitcake and make french toast out of it. (Either that, or “bread” pudding for tonight’s desert.) But then, I’m a fan of Chopped, and they’re real big on re-purposing and transforming the mystery ingredients in the baskets.

  13. Thanks to all who have written but espcially to Jimmy who has written and drawn my life for so many years. You all will have to keep holding me up I fear as I have lost my rock and eagle.

    Jimmy, thanks for today’s Christtmas strip and especially for Christmas past today. It was a gift to me and I loved you for posting it.

    Love, Jackie

  14. Jackie – You have not lost them. They now just watch over you from a higher vantage point. Your children will provide immediate physical and emotional support, and your massive, extended network of friends will provide auxiliary support from all corners. You are loved.

  15. Today we celebrate the fulfillment of God’s promise of becoming incarnate. He loved us so much that He sent his son and then watched him die on a cross. I am watching Heaven is for Real as I type this and Jackie, all that I can tell you is that Heaven and God ARE for real. A lot of people who do not really know you are praying for you. May the Peace of Christ be with you always.

  16. I’ve always liked an allegedly Native American saying that’s something like “Perhaps they are not stars but rather holes where the love of our lost ones shines through to let us know that they are happy.”

  17. That’s a lovely metaphor. However, they are suns, and those smaller than Sol are the most numerous and also the longest lived. Many have been shown to have planets. It’s easiest to find large planets, but techniques and instruments are getting better, and planets only somewhat larger than Earth are out there, in all likelihood billions of them. Some of those may actually be more suitable for life in the long haul than Earth is. [We have less than a billion years left.] Good article in the January ’15 Scientific American on that. Which reminds me, it needs a Letter to the Editor on one point.

    Peace, emb

  18. Jackie, now you are the rock and eagle for your daughters and their children. Take your example from Mike and do your best. And as Spider Robinson wrote, shared joy is increased and shared pain is lessened. So don’t let your pain box you in, but talk to people when you need to. Especially when you don’t feel like it!

  19. Good morning Villagers…

    I wished all a Merry Christmas at the “Fool me once” strip/blog.

    But it is a great gift JJ gave us…a special Christmas day retro…I love it.

    Today’s real time strip is me at the kitchen island, preparing lunches or such, and my black and white cat…big boy Buddee….just sits there and meows until I throw him a sliver of something. He sniffs….and then little Goldee snatches it away from him….snooze you loose I say to him.

    GR 😉 did you also play Brenda Lee’s “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”? I did. And I think you did too.

    And it’s “Boxing Day” in Canada….just what is “Boxing Day”?

    Ya’ll have a blessed day……

  20. Happy Boxing Day to all – this is the day when the “Staff” (think upstairs = downstairs) got a day off and received their Christmas “boxes” from their employers. The staff also had the opportunity to visit their neighbors to collect additional Christmas boxes and just generally have a good time. It’s an English thing, but the Canadians (being so close to America) have stretched this into Boxing Week with sales and festivities. In England, we are more likely to keep it to this day when businesses and shops/stores are closed … but alas, we are also learning from America, and the stores takes advantage of sales offers for the whole week.

  21. Debbe, it is exactly the situation we had with our big orange and white cat, Bama. My ex liked the peel and eat kind of shrimp that you get frozen in bags. She would put it a colander and thaw it under running water while shaking the colander. Bama would come running and yowl like somebody was pulling his tail till he got his share.

  22. My cats will not eat “people food”, with one exception. At 10 pm (and she knows when it is 10pm as much as she knows when it is 5:30 am) Cilla will come to me and politely ask for a small squirt of Reddi-whip on a saucer. No store brand or lo-cal version accepted. Twice a year, when the time changes, it takes about a week for her to adjust to the new time.

  23. Debbe 😉 Really, hon? An R-rated cheezburger? Really? Expect a call from A&J Standards and Practices.

    When it comes, tell them that Ghost said, “We can has sexually-themed cheezburger if we wants.”

  24. Reminds me of a joke. (I know, what doesn’t?)

    Q. What are the three worst words in the world you can hear while making love?

    A. “Honey, I’m home!”

  25. Today is also the Feast of St. Steven (from Royal Oak). Although I believe that I have over feasted since Monday (my birthday) Stepen was a great martyr of the very early church and deserves a special day.

    Also, I have never quite understood the spelling of Stephen. My Mom named me after her Grandfather who spelled it that way. When asked for the spelling on the birth certificate, she said “with a “v”” as she did not want my name to be Steffen.

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