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Michael Steals a Gift for Elly (1982)
Michael's Christmas Angel (1983)
Elizabeth is in a play (1985)
Elizabeth's Space Babe (1986)
The Fire At Mike and Dee's (2006)

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oddity strip
ID: 4544
Publication Date: 0000-00-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Directing the 1985 Christmas play, kids, Miss Lyon, Elizabeth This strip shares a publication date with another strip from December of 1985 that doesn't appear in Home Fries.
Caption: They Had Less Trouble Than This Filming The Ten Commandments!
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oddity strip
ID: 4545
Publication Date: 0000-00-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: 1985 Christmas play, shepherds, Star of Bethlehem, Miss Lyon, Elizabeth. This strip shares a publication date with another strip from December of 1985 that doesn't appear in Home Fries.
Caption: We've Lost The Batteries Out Of The Star Of Bethlehem
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oddity strip
ID: 4546
Publication Date: 0000-00-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: 1985 Christmas play, Star of Bethlehem, shepherds, batteries, flashlight, Elizabeth. This strip shares a publication date with another strip from December of 1985 that doesn't appear in Home Fries.
Caption: Don't Worry, Honey. Somebody In The Room Recorded It!!
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Strip For 120979
ID: 6636
Publication Date: 1979-12-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Lawrence are talking about what they want for Christmas after watching commercials and looking through catalogs. Lawrence wants a Zogg Space Cruncher. Michael says Santa already knows what he wants and Lawrence asks Mike if he wrote a letter.
Caption: No .. I've been praying to him since the Christmas commercials started!
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Strip For 122579
ID: 3748
Publication Date: 1979-12-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: John buys Elly a sexy, skimpy night gown. Elly wanted a practical night gown. Christmas gifts.
Caption: I Know. I Couldn't Find One That Was Both ...So I Sacrificed Practical
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Strip For 122679
ID: 19
Publication Date: 1979-12-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elizabeth and Michael's new Christmas toys. Michael acts spoiled and unappreciative. Childhood Boredom.
Caption: I'm Bored
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Strip For 123079
ID: 6638
Publication Date: 1979-12-30
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Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael goes to visit Lawrence. Michael's snow pants make a stupid whistling sound. Michael and Lawrence compare Christmas gifts. Michael got more gifts than Lawrence. Questioning Santa Claus.
Caption: How Come Santa Likes You Better Than He Likes Me?
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Strip For 120480
ID: 96
Publication Date: 1980-12-04
First Published On (if retro):
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Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Christmas greed, Santa, toys, Michael, Lawrence
Caption: Miss Campbell's nuts.
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Strip For 120580
ID: 97
Publication Date: 1980-12-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Christmas window displays. Michael asks Elly why people talk more about Santa than God if Christmas is more about God than Santa. Elly tells him that God does less advertising. Commercialism.
Caption: God does less advertising.
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Strip For 120880
ID: 3930
Publication Date: 1980-12-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly tells Connie that Phil is coming for Christmas. He's single, plays the trumpet, works in the theatre. Uncle Phil likes to visit the Patterson household with the kids, dog, mortgage, and feel that he's made the right lifestyle choice.
Caption: ...I think it convinces him he's been doing the right thing.
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Strip For 121280
ID: 101
Publication Date: 1980-12-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: John asks Elly why they need to eat rabbit food and says if they diet now they'll just gain it all back over Christmas anyway. His belly then bulges over his belt convincing him to sit and eat celery and lettuce.
Caption: Pass the lettuce.
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Strip For 121380
ID: 3932
Publication Date: 1980-12-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Uncle Phil arrives for Christmas and Michael tries to ask which suitcase has his present in it. Elly puts her hand over his mouth. Michael and Elizabeth help Phil unpack.
Caption: Ok...we'll just help you unpack!
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Strip For 121580
ID: 3933
Publication Date: 1980-12-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Phil is making a pizza, and tells Elly that she can't put everyone on a diet a week before Christmas. Let there be pizza! John eats it claiming that he doesn't want to insult Elly's brother. Michael.
Caption: You want me to insult your brother?
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Strip For 121880
ID: 102
Publication Date: 1980-12-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Buying Christmas presents, hardware store, Elly
Caption: I'd like something in a screwdriver set... and preferably in blue!
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Strip For 122080
ID: 3936
Publication Date: 1980-12-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Uncle Phil have been to see Santa. Michael asks Elly about Phil's Christmas wish, a blonde nubile wrapped in cellophane. Elly yells for her brother. Philip!
Caption: Philip!
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Strip For 122180
ID: 6626
Publication Date: 1980-12-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: More Than a Month of Sundays
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Phil, Elly, John, Michael and Elizabeth go out to get a Christmas tree and have to haul it home in the car because they forgot the rope. It's a fight to get the tree in the house but the family thinks it's worth the suffering.
Caption: ...And...every year it's worth it!
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Strip For 122380
ID: 3937
Publication Date: 1980-12-23
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Lawrence, Michael, Elly and Elizabeth stand in a long line to see Santa. Elly assures them they will get to the end before Christmas. 25th.
Caption: Michael, stop complaining. - We will get there before the 25th!!
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Strip For 122480
ID: 3938
Publication Date: 1980-12-24
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael and Elizabeth wake up Elly and John at 5:45 five forty five am on Christmas morning.
Caption: You mean it's not Christmas yet?
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Strip For 122580
ID: 104
Publication Date: 1980-12-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael, Elizabeth, Elly, John and Phil are playing with a race car track that John got for Christmas. Farley. Michael wants to know if it was really intended for "Daddy."
Caption: Are you sure this was to Daddy from Santa?
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Strip For 122680
ID: 3939
Publication Date: 1980-12-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly is telling Anne, over the phone, that she gave John hints about her Christmas present - something frivolous and expensive that she could show off to her friends. Failure to communicate. She got a trash compactor, not a fur coat. Michael, Farley.
Caption: I was thinking fur coat - while he was thinking trash compactor.
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Strip For 122880
ID: 6627
Publication Date: 1980-12-28
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: More Than a Month of Sundays
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly buys John a sweater for Christmas. Elly asks John if he likes it and says it's okay if he doesn't. John doesn't like it and Elly gets upset.
Caption: It's not my fault you have no taste!
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Strip For 010381
ID: 3946
Publication Date: 1981-01-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Lawrence complain that Christmas holidays are too short, Elly complains that Christmas holidays are too long.
Caption: The trouble with Christmas holidays is that they last too long!
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Strip For 041681
ID: 3989
Publication Date: 1981-04-16
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Anne tries to console Elly that she's not so badly off. She got a trash compactor for Christmas. Elly doesn't feel she needs a compactor because John has big feet.
Caption: ...I married a man with size 12 feet!
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Strip For 120481
ID: 4098
Publication Date: 1981-12-04
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael tells Elizabeth that their grandparents are coming for Christmas. Elizabeth wants to see them now and Michael fails to explain that they have a long way to travel. Fly on a big plane, all the way from Winnipeg. Michael gives up. Kids!
Caption: Look, they're not coming for a long time yet- Wanna see Gramma NOW! Kids!
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Strip For 120581
ID: 4099
Publication Date: 1981-12-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly is trying to get everything ready for Christmas. John's parents are coming, she hasn't done the shopping, cards or parcels yet. She asks Anne how she stays cool in the chaos. Anne eats as stress outlet.
Caption: Anne - how do you always manage to stay so cool and collected in the midst of chaos? I eat.
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Strip For 120881
ID: 4100
Publication Date: 1981-12-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Mrs. Hardacre tries to organize the Christmas play. Elves on cue, singing snowflakes in line and no fighting amongst the reindeer. Michael asks if they will ever get this turkey off the ground.
Caption: Mrs. Hardacre? Do you think we'll ever get this turkey off the ground?
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Strip For 121381
ID: 6078
Publication Date: 1981-12-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly complains to Anne that John always buys Christmas presents that are things she doesn't need, or things for the kitchen. Never something nice and little just for her. Anne tells her to drop hints. That would ruin the surprise. Elizabeth, Christopher.
Caption: And ruin the surprise?
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Strip For 122081
ID: 7103
Publication Date: 1981-12-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: More Than a Month of Sundays
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael reads to Elizabeth but tells his own version of the Christmas story. Hotel manager, angels on the roof, three wise guys, sheep and farmers, seeing the baby. Elly says that he's not reading it exactly. He doesn't have to. I know it off my heart.
Caption: I know it off my heart!
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Strip For 122181
ID: 4111
Publication Date: 1981-12-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: After the school Christmas play Michael pesters Grandma Carrie and Grandpa William who also take Elizabeth leaving Elly and John kid free. Grandparents are a wonderful invention.
Caption: Aren't grandparents a wonderful invention!
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Strip For 122281
ID: 4112
Publication Date: 1981-12-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael brings Mrs. Hardacre a glass bird as a Christmas present. Michael gets more than he expected. Kissed on the cheek.
Caption: Gramma said she'd be happy - but she never told me I'd get KISSED!
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Strip For 122481
ID: 205
Publication Date: 1981-12-24
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael wakes John at 3:45am on Christmas because he thinks he has heard Santa's Ho Ho Ho. John is not impressed.
Caption: I guess he didn't
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