Holiday Classics 1

This can be a difficult time of the year for many people. The pressures of shopping, decorating, cooking and traveling often take the joy out of the season. A comic strip helps to relieve this stress by finding the humor in everyday life. More so than any other holiday, Christmas presents a wide variety of situations and possibilities for interactions between the characters.

Christmas with The Tracy Twins

The Tracy Twins, which was illustrated by Dik Browne, made its debut in the October 1953 issue of Boys’ Life magazine, one year before the first episode of Hi and Lois appeared in newspapers on October 18, 1954.

Here is a classic holiday-themed page from 1961.

The Tracy Twins, Boys' Life magazine, December 1961.

The Tracy Twins, Boys’ Life magazine, December 1961.


A Holiday Tradition

Christmas isn’t all about shopping.  There are many other activities that occupy families during the holidays, like finding the perfect tree and decorating it.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which first aired on CBS in 1965, has a wonderful take on this annual tradition.  My favorite part is when, after Charlie Brown returns with a scrawny tree for the Christmas pageant, Linus steps forward on the stage and recites the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, verses 8 through 14.