Judge Parker, 12/24/14
Oh hey, remember how our heroes were worried that their mighty camper had been felled by squirrels? Turns out they were right! They just didn’t know how darn cute their nemesis would turn out to be. The timing of this strip makes it clear that the baby squirrel is meant to represent the Christ child; Sophie, looming enthusiastically but terrifyingly over it, stands in for those eager to hear Squirrel Jesus’s message of peace, whereas Sam, like King Herod, just wants to dump it in the parking lot of some trailer park somewhere.
And Heathcliff is attempting to harvest magical reindeer shit for his own inscrutable purposes. Merry Christmakwanzukkah, everyone! See you in 2015!