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December 27, 2007

Post-Christmas Comics I Didn’t Understand


Yes I know what schadenfreude means. I just don’t understand how it relates to Santa and The Donald.


If Grandma had gotten run over by a reindeer, at least I’d have known what the joke was supposed to be; but…


  1. his mom, the kids’ grandma? I thought it was pretty lame, but that was how I interpreted it.

    can’t wait to hear someone explain the other two!

    Comment by laterain — December 27, 2007 @ 12:35 am

  2. I agree about the third one – the speaker’s mom, the kids’ grandma.

    On the first one, I think the joke is that it really was a guy dressed as Santa, but the not-so-bright cop was fooled.

    IThe second one, my guess is that Trump has been naughty, and didn’t get what he wanted, and Santa secretly derives a guilty pleasure out of not giving him what he wants.

    Comment by arik1969 — December 27, 2007 @ 1:11 am

  3. #2’s an easy one: Santa knew exactly what Trump wanted, but gets a kick out of stiffing him, then hearing him whine about it.

    Comment by Freezer — December 27, 2007 @ 2:50 am

  4. The first one reminds me of the Arrogant Worms song, “Santa Got Arrested”.
    As for the third, I suspect the doctor asked this roomful of people what happened, and one of the *kids* blurted out that… “Grandma got run over by a reindeer”. This is the panel after that, where their father clarifies.

    Comment by Liz — December 27, 2007 @ 6:13 am

  5. I agree with arik1969 on interps for #1 and #3. My take on the Trump joke is that Trump asked Santa for a new hairstyle. 😉

    Comment by Keera — December 27, 2007 @ 6:23 am

  6. More than you want to know about Schadenfreude

    Comment by Robert — December 27, 2007 @ 10:42 am

  7. Re: #2:
    The underlying assumption is that rich people can always have whatever they want, since they could afford it. Santa’s gifts are the exception; rich people have no control over what he brings them. Therefore Santa uses this “power” to stiff the rich people and gets enjoyment from doing so.

    [BTW, the 1st thing I noted about this strip was that The Donald has Santa’s home phone number, which is something that the masses presumably do not have.]

    Comment by Pinny — December 27, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

  8. The Non-Sequitur is a misuse of the word “Schadenfreude”. There’s a difference between delighting in someone’s misfortune and delighting in *causing* misfortune. Santa’s involvement in Trump’s disappointment is too direct to count as Schadenfreude.

    I suppose this could be deliberate, an additional trick implying Santa misunderstands the word, but that’s a stretch.

    Comment by DPWally — December 27, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

  9. Agreed, Wally. I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 27, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

  10. No Bill, that explanation is inconceivable

    Comment by Robverb — December 27, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

  11. Robverb, you killed that joke. Prepare to die.

    Comment by Blurgle — December 27, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

  12. Well said Blurgle.

    Truly you have a dizzying intellect.

    Comment by Robverb — December 27, 2007 @ 9:47 pm

  13. He’s certainly smart enough to know not to start a land war in Asia.

    Comment by Molly — December 28, 2007 @ 10:40 am

  14. Hee hee–comments 9-12 are funnier than any of the strips!

    Comment by Susan T-O — December 28, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

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