How to Send Out Christmas Cards

All right, book news: 

The second edition of Off to Be the Wizard comes out March 18th. It is professionally copy-edited, and has a nearly 3,000 word addition in the middle of the book.

The second book, Spell or High Water (I love that title. Missy came up with it.) has been accepted by the publisher, and should be out in the summer of 2014. 

I am working on the third book. As of today it’s 71,000 words.

I continue to be the luckiest guy any of you know.

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Reader Comments (37)

LOL, panel 3 nailed it. I have a hard time laughing at things some days, but that one did it. Nice going, Scott.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSevalecan

Part of me wonders why you don't have Missy doodle something up quick, print out a few hundred cards, then send them out with the caption:

"This year, I didn't feel like making a surprisingly large donation to the Hallmark corporation on your behalf, but instead merely to the local paper companies.

My wife comes up with better artwork anyways.

Happy Whatever You Call Your Winter Holidays, but still, lighten up."

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

Congratulations! Looking forward to Spell or High Water already.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLuke

Panel 4 is brilliant.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCharon

This is great! I get frustrated because I'm not sure who is OK with "Merry Christmas" and who is offended by it and who is offended by "Happy Holidays".

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

All 4 panels made me laugh out loud.

Also, is it secretly ironic that you're putting up a strip on Christmas cards after Christmas? If so, well played, sir, well played

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNH

Merry Christmas, Scott. Many days, my day ends with a really good laugh from your page and/or the comments. You are a gift.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Hamburger

Why are people confused over "Christmas" vs "holidays"? If someone celebrates Christmas, they get a Christmas card. If their religion has a different holiday now, get them a card for that. If it doesn't or they're areligious, they get a holiday card. We aren't dealing with strangers, this is your friends, you should know and respect what they celebrate.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHugin

I made my own "Happy Solstice" cards one year. That accomplished the feat of making the cards even later than they would have been if they were supposed to arrive before Christmas. (They arrived sometime in January.) For obvious reasons, I think this is a wonderful time to run a holiday card strip.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I send everyone cards which say "Merry Christmas" because I want them to have a merry Christmas, their feelings on the matter have no relevance in the decision, it's not something I'd even considered till now. And as an atheist I don't much care either way myself.
My next door neighbour is Indian, I don't know what his religion is, but I know he doesn't celebrate Christmas, I'll still wish him a Merry one anyway, in the same way as I'd wish him a good morning, and I'm perfectly happy for him to wish me a happy Diwali when the time comes.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Overtly ironic would be to change the copyright date to 2014 even though the strip presumably went out to the paying customers before Xmas.

(It's a chi. Even among the clergy, it was a common abbreviation for "Christ" while the event was still being called Christ's Mass. Lighten up.)

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRichelieu

For other people not from the US of A:

"Hallmark is the largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the United States", Wikipedia says.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterryuugami

A better donation than the one to the Human Fund.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

It seems strangely ironic that the first thing Scott says in this particular strip (about Christmas Cards appearing two weeks *after* Christmas) is "I'm putting it off."

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason Toddman

Wait, it's not 2013. Why does it say 2013?

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjh

I go with a greeting I filched from a friend...

"Merry mish-mash of misinterpreted solstice festivals"

...many of my friends now just say Merry Mish-Mash.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterancient.brit

So excited about the new book!

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarisa

Scott - Make that into a Christmas card for next year and I will buy a box.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDB

I like to wish "Happy Holidays" to the people I know will be offended - it helps them feel righteous.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeuceplus

Everybody on my list gets a Groundhog Day card. It's inoffensive to everybody, and reflects the actual time that I get around to doing it.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShlepzig

Scott, I'm stealing that inscription of yours next time I send someone a card.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPrattle Assassin

1) Excellent news about your books.
2) Excellent timing on the Christmas cards (I once sent out Valentine's day cards)
3) I wish non-Irish and non-Catholic people happy St. Patrick's day, why should Christmas be any different?

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Richelieu, if you keep going about knowing things, it will ruin the "fun" for everyone!

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Of note, this was posted on Orthodox Christmas(it uses the Julian calendar, so it's a bit different than the Catholic Christmas that has become so popular).

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

I love the idea of a card that says "lighten up"!

Super excited about Spell or High Water! Great title Missy!

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

I can't help but think that if you're sending a Christmas card to somebody who is offended by "Merry Christmas", you've gone wrong even before you start worrying about the greeting.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMRL

I'm reading Off to Be the Wizard now, and I'm quite pleased to hear that there will be more in the series!

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterstationary

Mega-congrats on getting the 2nd book published!

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterS.Vescott

@jh: Because it was first published in 2013?..

And you know, putting the year of the creation in the copyright claim leads to unsolvable problems, so I guess that's why 17 U.S.C. ยง 401 (b) demands the year of first publication of the work to be put in there.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoker_vD

DB--Brilliant! But with a Santa hat on Scott to Xmas it up a little.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJustRuss

For anyone who cares, even greeting card companies reflect our national political divide. Hallmark donates mostly to Republicans, and American Greetings donates mostly to Democrats.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

jaklumen - do you want to offend the people who live in the southern hemisphere!? I wouldn''s 45 degrees Celcius (er, 113 F) down here, and tempers are pretty short. It's bad enough getting a ton of cards covered in pictures of white stuff (what is that, pigeon poop?) without everyone getting the season wrong too.

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAA

Man, not only is the date on the strip from 2013, the comic is weeks late. Or else you're really late about sending cards.

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

@jaklumen "Happy Whatever You Call Your Winter Holidays"

That's exactly the sentiment "Happy Holidays" was designed to express. The kind of people who are offended by it don't have a problem with what it says, but what it doesn't say -- you aren't specifically honouring their Lord Jesus Christ, therefore you're a tool of Satan.

January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

As far as I can see, Hallmark Cards, Inc., is a "privately owned" family business, which I guess means they aren't on the stock exchange? Donations to Hallmark probably go mainly to the owners, including but not necessarily limited to the descendants of Joyce Hall, who was a guy, and preferred to be known as "J.C." The company web site mentions that "Hall was born on the day a Methodist bishop named Isaac W. Joyce happened to be in David City." David City is the county seat of Butler County, and is not a person, but a town with around 3,000 people, which isn't much of a city as far as I'm concerned; one-fifth the size of Sunnyside, Wa.

In August 2008, Hallmark started to sell same-sex marriage cards, although it isn't impossible that they say, "Burn in hell. Joyce and Elizabeth" - it's unlikely, but, best check first.

January 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Yup. Panel three totally nails it! (And describes exactly how I feel about that particular subject.)
Given the price of cards these days, panel 4 is golden, too.

January 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Will the Kindle version of the book be updated with the new material?

Unfortunately, no. This new version is put out by a different publisher, and as such is treated as a different book. ~Missy

January 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
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