Sadly, this was indeed based on real life. The kids had finished putting all of the ornaments on and 45 minutes later it all came crashing down. As the strip implies, re-decorating the tree was faster the second time around.
Still catching up with cartoons from this year. The dad character is often doing stupid things, because, well, I often do stupid things. That said, however, this is one thing I did NOT do.
From 2009. And no, I did not get an HDTV that year despite the not-so subtle hint.
From 2008. I know a lot of people who take their pets to visit Santa; we’re not those people. I tend to think this is an unpleasant experience both the pet and the Santa.
From 2009. Those who elaborately decorate their houses for the Christmas season, which in my mind does NOT start until after Thanksgiving, know exactly where this one is coming from. As you spend hours setting it all up that little voice is saying “Why? Why are you doing this when it’s all coming back down after four weeks?!?” But it looks awesome so you still do it.