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December 16, 2007

Christmas Sweater

Filed under: Bill Bickel, Christmas, Christmas sweaters, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Cul de Sac, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am



  1. Oh, so you have the good fortune not to have run into these much…

    The amount of decoration and glitter and frou frou and tassles on these things is frightening. I guess hers just had a few layers too many of Christmas cheer.

    Comment by dd — December 16, 2007 @ 12:33 am

  2. …and spangles and sequins and rick-rack and all kinds of stuff. The cartoonist is only slightly exaggerating.

    Comment by Charlene — December 16, 2007 @ 1:19 am

  3. And bugle beads! Don’t forget the bugle beads!

    Can’t be properly armored without bugle beads. :nods:

    Comment by PepperjackCandy — December 16, 2007 @ 5:50 am

  4. First things first — this is indeed a Christams sweater — you will never never see a Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan or Festivus sweater. If there is a war on Christmas these kind of sweaters started it

    These sweaters have so much decoration on them could be sent to Iraq to be used as body armor.

    Finally — the next day’s comic was a lol for me

    Comment by Nicole — December 16, 2007 @ 9:39 am

  5. The mother is festooned with ornaments. Essentially, she’s a walking Christmas tree.

    Comment by Tom T. — December 16, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

  6. Responding to Nicole – #4
    Here’s a Chanukah sweater:
    Here’s a Kwanzaa sweater:
    (Okay, I think it’s actually a t-shirt…)
    I concede the point on Ramadan sweaters – not really their style, since many observers live in the Middle East desert.
    And Festivus? not big enough yet for the marketers to take notice of. But rest assured, if there’s a buck to be made, someone will try to do so, no matter how tacky. (See: inflatable Christmas lawn decorations)

    Comment by dan v — December 17, 2007 @ 12:03 am

  7. And… here is a Festivus t-shirt!

    Comment by dan v — December 17, 2007 @ 12:05 am

  8. and more Chanukah clothing:

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 17, 2007 @ 12:17 am

  9. Dan V

    LOL — OK so there are Chanukah sweaters Festivus T-shirts. I humbly admit my error. Then I was going to say that for shear bad taste, nothing beats a Christmas sweater — till I clicked on Bill’s link

    Bill — I am not sure what to say, except that is just wrong. It did – for some unknown reason – make me think of the movie Weird Science, where two geeks try to create the perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock), in part by wearing a bra on their heads. I just wonder who would appear if someone were to try it with one of these — Barbara Streisand ???

    Comment by Nicole — December 17, 2007 @ 8:33 am

  10. I want a Ramadaan sweater.

    Incidently, our 2nd holiday of the year begins Wednesday, which is Eid Al-Adha or the Festival of the Sacrifice which is rememberance of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God but was spared. It also marks the time of pilgrimage to Mecca for the devout.
    So Eid Mubarak (Happy Eid) to my cidu neighbors and a lol year.

    Comment by Rasheed — December 17, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  11. I think there’s a double gag here.

    First, the sweater is so bedecked
    with bedazzlers that the woman can’t bend over to comfort the kid. Funny.

    But, in the first panel, it seems that the sweater’s pattern is so dazzling that the kid’s depth perception is thrown off enough that she can’t tell how close mom is, and so runs full-tilt into her.

    Having seen such sweaters first hand, I think that gag’s funnier than the last panel.

    Comment by John — December 17, 2007 @ 11:08 am

  12. Rasheed — Have you seen Christmas sweaters ???? Trust me — you do NOT want to start that fashion nightmare for Ramadaan.

    And a Happy Eid to you as well

    Comment by Nicole — December 17, 2007 @ 11:21 am

  13. lol thanks, Nicole, but don’t worry. Ramadaan’s already in September, and unless I move down south a LONG way, there’s not going to be a sweater-worthy one for another 20 years.

    Comment by Rasheed — December 17, 2007 @ 11:47 am

  14. A bunch of Christmas Sweaters for your perusal:

    and an interesting take on Sweater as Holiday Decoration:!stmenu_template.main?

    Comment by Min — December 17, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

  15. John,

    In the first panel the little girl is running to hug her mom, but running into that sweater is like running into a knight wearing plate mail.

    Comment by Joe — December 17, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

  16. Am I the only one that thinks a man’s willingness to kill his own child is not something worth commemorating?

    Comment by Powers — December 18, 2007 @ 9:08 am

  17. Powers – I am not sure this is the place to pass judgment on the beliefs of others. But the celebration Eid Al-Adha is no more or less inappropriate than Good Friday which the celebrates the torture and death of of a man.

    BTW — I am an Atheist

    Comment by Nicole — December 18, 2007 @ 9:45 am

  18. About Ramadan sweaters.

    Check out Kaffe Fassett’s Kilim and Whirling Stars patterns. The former is based on a Turkish rug, the latter on a tile pattern in the Alhambra.

    Make them in cotton yarn (Tahki Cotton Classic has a nice range of colors, and you’re all set!

    Comment by PepperjackCandy — December 18, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

  19. Those Christmas sweaters are not only dangerous they are very tacky.

    Comment by cbgrace — December 18, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

  20. Nicole, I agree; but very rarely will anyone say “Happy Good Friday!”

    Comment by Powers — December 19, 2007 @ 7:16 am

  21. I guess almost no one will read this at this point, but I had to post it anyway. On December 23rd NPR had a story about tacky holiday sweater parties:
    “Invitees to tacky holiday sweater parties are challenged to wear the most atrociously seasonal sweater they can buy or make. Reindeer, snowmen, menorahs and trees — with or without flashing lights — are all fair game.”

    And if you are inclined to listen to the piece

    Comment by Nicole — December 27, 2007 @ 8:06 am

  22. Nicole, I saw it …. and listened. What a hoot.

    Comment by Lola — December 27, 2007 @ 10:16 am

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