Wall packed with Christmas decorationsSpecial interlude, special palette! (The Doctor Who scarf in the first panel isn’t really those colors — but those are the ones I picked for the spot-coloring of the palette, so there we go.)

According to the New York Times, endless loops of irritating Christmas songs are part of a calculated strategy to make your shopping experience less pleasant, because when you’re frustrated and overstimulated, you impulsively spend more money. Doesn’t that just explain so much?

In the bottom left panel, Sparrow is wearing socks on her hands. Not just for warmth, but because if you put lotion on your hands before bed, enclosing them in socks will reinforce the moisturizing effect. And if you live in MA in the winter, you’re going to need it.


December 2010.

Sparrow: It is so good to be home! Away from the obnoxious Stuff-Mart decorations, and the same fifty terrible carols they play over and over, and —

Sparrow: . . .

Bianca: . . .

Patrick: . . .

[Joy to the world, the Lord has come! / Let Earth re-ceive her king!]

Sparrow: I’ll just go hide in my room and collapse now.

Bianca: I can turn it down, if you want?

Sparrow: Just promise you won’t play Feliz Navidad.

. . .