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December 28, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, Christmas, comic strips, comics, cookies, humor, Luann — Cidu Bill @ 12:55 am
They’re Christmas cookies. Even the President of the ACLU calls them Christmas cookies. Unless, you know, some of them are shaped like dreidels and Kwanzaa candles.
Just saying…


  1. From the picture, it’s not at all apparent what the cookies are shaped like. I see a snowman and a tree, but the rest of them are indeterminate blobs.

    So it would make perfect sense that these ARE assorted “holiday” cookies– some generic winter symbols, some Christmas trees and Santas, some menorahs and dreidels, maybe a few pagan pentacles for Yule. If that’s what the cartoonist intended, you’re entirely and offensively wrong.

    Comment by Othar — December 28, 2007 @ 1:19 am

  2. Offensive to whom, exactly?

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 28, 2007 @ 1:27 am

  3. Snowmen and trees aren’t exactly Christian, though. It’s not as if she had baked angels or stars or crosses.

    Comment by Blurgle — December 28, 2007 @ 3:03 am

  4. “shall we throw away these cookies? they’re bad for us after all…”
    “Nyah, let’s just eat them. it’s the holidays — splurge!”

    Comment by David — December 28, 2007 @ 6:22 am

  5. And yet snow and snowmen and pine trees (and even stars and angels) are all associated with Christmas, not Kwanzaa or Hannukah.

    Christmas cookies it is.

    Still, the use of the word “holiday” was probably necessary to drive home the point that one indugles more when it’s a holiday. I thought the art trashing comment was funnier.

    Comment by Keera — December 28, 2007 @ 7:11 am

  6. Why “the President of the ACLU”? The ACLU is not an anti-Christian organization.

    Comment by Powers — December 28, 2007 @ 9:17 am

  7. I personally prefer “Christmas Season” to the generic “Holidays”, but face it, there are many holidays during this particular season – I don’t have the energy to be offended by the debate anymore.

    As for the cartoon itself, I just think they chose “Holiday cookies” as a setup for the last panel in which she points out it is a “holiday”, i.e. a holiday from eating well or behaving or whatever keeps you from downing 2 dozen cookies of any kind on any given day.

    Comment by BF — December 28, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  8. In the last panel, “holiday” sounds better than “Christmas” would, and I feel sure that that dictated the choice of words. Anyway, “holiday cookies” did not seem weird to me when I read the strip; I wouldn’t have noticed the usage if you hadn’t pointed it out. It isn’t like the always jarring “holiday tree.”

    Comment by John — December 28, 2007 @ 10:00 am

  9. Powers, to those who believe there’s a War Against Christmas, the ACLU is the epitome of anti-Christian sentiment. Hence the hyperbole of my using the phrase.

    My personal belief is that respecting everybody’s holiday means the greeters at Wal-Mart should say “happy holiday” AND that Christmas trees and Christmas cookies should be called Christmas trees and Christmas cookies.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 28, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

  10. You know what I find even more grating? The phrase, “Just saying…” or “Just sayin'” to be even more hip. It’s become almost as irritating as Putting. Periods. After. Every. Word. To. Make. A. Point.

    Happy New Year (unless you observe a different calendar)!

    Comment by Curmudgeon — December 28, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

  11. That’s been part of my speech pattern before it was trendy, Curmudgeon, so I’m grandfathered in.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 28, 2007 @ 12:58 pm


    Everybody hates the ACLU because they don’t stop at defending the people you agree with; they also stand up for whoever you think should be forcibly silenced.

    Comment by Mark — December 28, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

  13. Well put, Mark. I think what everybody forgets, though, is that the ACLU doesn’t stand up for ANYBODY: Their client is the Constitution and it’s not their job to see anything beyond that.

    Which is as it should be.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 28, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

  14. “Holiday cookies” was a common enough term long before the War on Christmas nonsense started.

    Comment by Paul — December 28, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

  15. Well, everyone knows the ACLU is an extremist liberal organization. Liberals are trying to cozy up to the religious establishment, so of course they’re going to pander to Christians (actual extremists like Fred Phelps are not welcome, because there’s no political value to pander to people like that).

    As for the term “holidays” instead of “Christmas,” that seems to be pretty much the invention of other Christians. I would NEVER call it “the Holidays.” That’s offensive. “Christmas cookies” or “Hannukah” cookies would be fine, but the cartoonist should be reprimanded for saying “Holiday cookies.”

    Comment by Francois Tremblay — December 28, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

  16. Curmudgeon–I loathe the simliar, but purely internet “*shrug*,” as far as affectations go.

    I didn’t bat an eye at the “holiday.” My ma’s family is Ukrainian (her parents were born there), so not only do we celebrate America Christmas, but we do Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7. And then for good measure, we often celebrate the whole “Week of Christmas/New Years” up until the 14th. Mostly just en excuse for my family to have parties. Anyway, I grew up hearing “holidays” instead of “Christmas” so it’s never sounded strange to my ear.

    Comment by Cedar — December 28, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

  17. My choice … HUMBUG COOKIES.

    Comment by Frank — December 28, 2007 @ 11:53 pm

  18. God bake us, every one?

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 28, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

  19. Bill, I think God just might bake me for laughing at your comment.

    Comment by Lola — December 29, 2007 @ 12:58 am

  20. Francois: What’s offensive about “the Holidays”? What’s wrong with “Holiday cookies”, since as pointed out, the term existed long before the “War on Christmas”? What makes you think the ACLU are “extremist liberals”?

    Comment by Powers — December 29, 2007 @ 8:52 am

  21. So, yesterday my partner and I were walking through the leftover Christmas decorations to see what we could get half price, and a few caught my eye and made me wonder.

    How is saying “Happy Holidays” less in keeping with the meaning of Christmas than the following Christmas ornaments I saw — Nascar (no, really Nascar Christmas ornaments!) , Sponge Bob Square Pants, Star Wars, Barbie, Spiderman ?

    Don’t these symbols of commercialism diminish Christmas’ meaning far more than wishing “Happy Holidays’ ?

    Comment by Nicole — December 29, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

  22. And as far as the ACLU goes — I suggest that people review there site, there have been many cases they have taken on to defend the right of people to practice their religions

    Comment by Nicole — December 29, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

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