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Now You Can Have a Worry-free Christmas

Last time, I encouraged you to break the rules, and do it differently. I hope that worked out for you.

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Today’s cartoon not only proves that some women prefer dogs to cats, but that there’s a certain anxiety when buying presents, no matter who it’s for. Time Magazine wrote about a survey that said 45% of present-givers found it stressful, and spend about 14 hours choosing presents.

A study in the University of Chicago said that being too careful about what presents you give someone suffers from “individuation”: you end up being too picky, by trying to match people, and also by trying to make your presents all different and very special.

It’s kind of a dumb study: the obvious answer is to give everyone the same thing.

The survey in Time goes on to say, don’t worry: most of your recipients won’t like what you give them anyway.

Gee whiz, who let news magazines into the Christmas party??!

Fortunately, dogs have never met a present they didn’t like, and will adore you for it, besides. Get a dog.

My next cartoon asks the question: does the person with the pursestrings always have more power?

Now You Can Have a Worry-free Christmas

Donna Barstow

Cartoonist for LA Times, Parade, WSJ, Glamour, PsychCentral, Barron's, Weight Watchers, and textbooks & Chicken Soup books. Author and editor of 2 cartoon books and a Barnes & Noble calendar.

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, . (2015). Now You Can Have a Worry-free Christmas. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 10, 2020, from


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