‘Tis the season

Halloween is over, and you know what that means: it’s time to start peddling stuff for the Christmas season, and it’s also time to start up the War on Christmas again. You can do both at the same time!

Last year, we created the Happy Monkey greeting card set. You can still get them! And you should get them soon, because you don’t want to leave all your postal obligations dangling until the last minute, and risk Aunt Gladys getting her Happy Monkey card on New Year’s Eve, meaning that she spent all of Christmas dinner glaring at you for your neglect.

But this year, we are dialing the knob up several notches beyond Monkey, all the way up to Squid. Yes, it’s true: you can now confound and confuse and conniptulate your relatives by sending them Squidmas cards. Also, they’re adorable.

And if that’s not enough, remember that the Pharyngula store has plenty of baffling geegaws to stuff into Squidmas stockings.


  1. Tony–Queer Duck Overlord of The Bronze– says

    This is all part of your attempt to de-Christianize Christmas, eh PZ. We see right through you with those “secular” values.

  2. jonmilne says

    I’m sorry, I have to channel Daniel Bryan here:

    NO! NO! NO! NO!

    Please, PZ, not you too?! Please please please do not start referencing Christmas now! For goodness’ sake man, IT’S NOVEMBER! It’s not even the right month!

    You’re fighting the valiant fight against cat pictures dominating the internet. Won’t anyone join me in my valiant fight against referencing Christmas in any way shape or form when it’s not even the right month for it? I don’t recall the 12 Days of Christmas song referencing November *once*, sir! In fact, I don’t remember *any* festive songs referencing November!

    Save us from the conformist madness!

    (I mean yeah okay I bought three advent calendars already but nobody separates me from fancy packaged white chocolate. That or my wheel of cheese. My point is that my interest is purely in the chocolate, not any coincidental festive event it’s attached to!)

    Help us PZ, you’re our only hope.

  3. davem says

    Won’t anyone join me in my valiant fight against referencing Christmas in any way shape or form when it’s not even the right month for it?

    Me, me, me! But if we’re fighting the C-word, we need to re-discover Saturnalia and the true reason for the season. …and move it back to Dec 21st, to account for precession.

  4. rq says

    I would say, to balance the frivolities of Midsummer, just call it Midwinter and drag ye olde logge around the house and burn it (the log not the house), like all good Latvians do this time of year. That, and throw pigs’ heads over the house for good luck.
    Yeah. Best not to ask.

  5. blf says

    drag ye olde logge around the house and burn it (the log not the house)

    Not burn the house! How am I supposed to clean the lair?

  6. Ogvorbis: broken and cynical says

    How am I supposed to clean the lair?

    Acid? Flamethrower? Bazooka? Mazurka? Balalaika?

  7. bradleybetts says

    ” Audley Z. Darkheart (liar and scoundrel) says:
    8 November 2012 at 3:26 pm
    OMG, the Squidmas card makes me wish that I actually enjoyed Xmas.

    But I don’t. /Scrooge”

    How can you not enjoy Xmas!!? It’s fantastic excuse to get the whole family together and eat waaaaaaay to much while getting ridiculously drunk on a mixture of beer, mulled wine, wine, port and whiskey; possibly with some sherry thrown in for good luck.

    …At least, that’s how my family does it. It’s great. Especially since Grandad can’t handle neat whiskey anymore and refuses to pollute single malt with a mixer, which means he gives it all to me :)

  8. bradleybetts says

    So I followed the link and dutifully listened to the song and… wow. Is that what music used to sound like? ‘Cause I can totally see how that would ruin the holiday season for you.

  9. Ogvorbis: broken and cynical says


    Music from when I was young. I came of age in the 80s. Which explains a lot.

  10. blf says

    I came of age in the 80s.

    2090-ish years ago? Wow!
    Oh, sorry, you don’t mean BCE.
    Only 1930-ish years ago. That’s nothing

  11. carlie says

    those squids have their mouths in the wrong place.
    And insufficient tentaclation.

    Also, they do not normally dress as Christmas trees or give wrapped presents to others. This card is an outrage!

    I still have Happy Monkey cards from last year, because I’m crap at sending out cards.

    I covet the Darwin messenger bag, but have been told I have too many bags already. :(

  12. Ogvorbis: broken and cynical says

    Which means we should mock the tradition of mocking tradition. That would also be traditional. Which means . . . No. Not going there. (I think I see how weird things like “The Song of Songs” get started.)