Cartoons: Picking the Perfect Christmas Present

All that planning, shopping, wrapping, and waiting – but it’s really the thought that counts…or is it?

Child calls his friend after opening all of this Christmas presents.

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Man opening a gift of alcohol from himself
“Well, well. To Ed from Ed.”
Chon Day
December 24, 1955

 

A couple talking about Christmas as they walk into their house with their holiday gifts
“Christmas comes but once a year, A circumstance I loudly cheer.”
Chon Day
December 20, 1958

 

A department store's gift advisor talks about merchandise.
“Well, that’s what I’m giving my husband and if he doesn’t like it he can lump it.”
Chon Day
December 8, 1956

 

A couple who bought an expensive amount of gifts notices a sale as they walk out of the department store.
December 8, 1956

 

Woman notices the exchanges counter as she and her husband walks out of the department store.
“Ah, the lull before the storm.”
B. Tobey
December 13, 1958

 

A company's shareholders being given candy canes instead of stock dividends.
“I suppose it’s better than no dividend at all.”
Bill Mittlebeeler
December 10, 1955

 

Man opens his coat to show a note that reads "GAVE" to a volunteer asking for donations.
Bill Hutchinson
December 6, 1958

 

Husband and Wife walk through a department store with their gifts.
“Well, that takes care of everybody except you.”
Chon Day
December 22, 1951

 

Man talks to a department store's gift advisor about getting something for his wife.
“You don’t know my wife. It’s not the thought that counts, it’s the gift behind it.
P. Harlin
December 3, 1955

 

Child calls his friend after opening all of this Christmas presents.
“Oh-h-h-h-h, fair! How’d you make out?”
Al Kaufman
December 26, 1953

 

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Comments

  1. That ungrateful little boy’s parents need to buy him ONE present and take him to see people who have nothing for Christmas. They need to learn not to do this.

  2. Gene, I can relate to that. It’s especially maddening when it’s a spouse or relative otherwise. When it comes to friends and other people though, they’re usually genuinely pleased! One of life’s little aggravations built-in, because we don’t have enough otherwise, right?!

    Okay. On to the cartoons. I’ve got to go with #10 (color opener) as my favorite. Here you’ve got this ungrateful boy on the phone telling his friend he only did “fair” in the presents department. I counted about 15-17 gifts. What a little brat! Otherwise I love the intricate artwork Al Kaufman did here. It seems more 1968 looking overall than 1953 to my eyes, but it’s not.

  3. “Just perfect!” my wife would say about the sweater I gave her. An hour later, she asked, “Did it come in any other colors?” and I knew it was headed for the exchange counter.

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