Welcome to my selection of cartoons about Christmas
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Santa and reindeer christmas card cartoon
Santa with a balloon shaped like a reindeer
This cartoon has references to the inflatable santas and inflatable reindeer that are sold as Christmas decorations, although the original version of this cartoon was actually drawn quite a few years before inflatable Santas came onto the market.
The illustration can be used as a Christmas card or any other form of Christmas use.
Cartoon reference number: a398
Reindeer christmas card cartoon
A cartoon of a reindeer for use on a Christmas card
This cartoon reindeer can be used as a Christmas card or any other form of Christmas use.
If it is used as a high-volume commercial Christmas card a royalty based payment agreement is necessary.
Cartoon reference number: a397
A Christmas gardening cartoon from my selection of Christmas cartoons
A man looking out of his window on Christmas morning to see a reindeer eating his garden vegetables
Cartoon of a gardener seeing Santa’s reindeer eating his brussels sprouts
A cartoon about Santa Claus’s reindeer, Father Christmas delivering Christmas presents.
Part of the joke is that although Santa’s reindeer is on an extraordinary mission (delivering Christmas presents around the world) it is engaged in a mundane activity. It is the mundane activity that the man notices, rather than the extraordinary occurrence of Santa’s reindeer in his garden. He is obviously more concerned about his garden vegetables than he is interested in the magic of Christmas.
Cartoon reference number: a270
Christmas gardening cartoon.
Winter gardening cartoon
A man finding an alternative use for unwanted Christmas gifts
Cartoon of a gardener using all of the gloves that he received as Christmas presents as frost protectors for the plants in his garden.
The plants are just the right size and shape to fit the gloves, which is part of the joke
A cartoon about gloves as Christmas presents, unwanted Christmas gifts, winter gardening, frost protection, fleece, insulation.
Cartoon reference number: a269
Christmas gardening book cartoon
A man opening his Christmas present from his wife
The Christmas present is a book called ‘The Home Decorator’s Year’
He is thinking ‘I’m sure I asked for “The Gardener’s Year”‘
The man’s wife thinks that he should spend more time decorating the house than outside in the garden.
To her gardening is a hobby, while decorating the house is a chore that she equates with housework (which her husband doesn’t do)
A cartoon about gender roles, household chores, Christmas presents, Christmas gifts, books.
Cartoon reference number: a268
Christmas gardening cartoon.
A cartoon showing a keen gardener receiving a Christmas present – a “grow-your-own” oak tree. In other words, an acorn.
A joke about men’s hobbies and pass-times, planting trees, re-establishing woodland, conservation, green Christmas presents.
Cartoon reference number: a206
Garden cartoon. A novel use for unwanted Christmas presents
A cartoon showing a gardener using an unwanted Christmas present (a tie) to secure a sapling to a stake.
Cartoon reference number: a200
Christmas cartoon. Using Christmas decorations as bird scarers
A joke showing a gardener hanging up spare Christmas decorations to scare birds away from the seedlings in his garden
A cartoon about bird deterrents, protecting seedlings, birds as garden pests.
Drawn: Dec 2010
Cartoon reference number: a199
Christmas gardening cartoon – leave the outdoor Christmas decorations in the tree all winter
Cartoon about garden and outdoor decorations.
Brighten up the garden in the dark winter months and bring winter colour to the garden by putting Christmas decorations in the trees.
Drawn: Dec 2011
Cartoon reference number: a168
Christmas gardening cartoon
Cartoon – a gardening Christmas present
Cartoon showing a man giving his wife a Christmas present. The gift is something that he wants himself, and that he intends to use.
Cartoon reference number: a165
Cat Christmas cartoon
A pet cat pulling down Christmas decorations
A cartoon from my selection of Christmas cartoons
Cartoon reference number: xms015
Winter gardening cartoon. A child builds a snowman and gives it gardening gloves as hands. Meanwhile, the child’s father is looking for his gardening gloves because it’s so cold.
Melting snowman cartoon
The snowman is on a chair or sofa (settee), and is melting onto the furniture and floor – but the children keep adding new snow to the snowman.
A cartoon about the way that children aren’t aware of consequences and lack a sense of responsibility.
This version drawn: 2015
Cartoon reference number: xms013
Cats building a snowman shaped like a cat
Christmas cartoon. A group of cats building a cat shaped snowman
This illustration would be suitable for a Christmas card for cat lovers
Flying with the snowman
A slightly dark and sinister Christmas joke about the shattering of dreams and things going horribly wrong.
The caption reads: For little Jack it was the perfect Christmas, flying high above the rooftops with his friend the snowman – until suddenly it all went horribly wrong
The flying snowman is holding a child’s glove in one hand. The implication is that the snowman took the child for an enchanted flight – but that the child’s hand slipped out of the glove in mid air. I’ll leave the rest to you.
Inspired to some extent on The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.
Cartoon reference number: xms011
Santa’s grotto cartoon
Santa in a shopping mall tempting a child with a gift. The child’s mother saying ‘Get thee behind me, Santa!’
The cartoon uses the Biblical phrase “Get thee behind me Satan” (used by Christ when tempted by the devil) and transforms it into the words used by a mother when her child is tempted by Santa.
The cartoon is a comment about commercialisation and consumerism and has no religious significance (as I’m an atheist)
A Christmas cartoon about temptation, pester power, shopping malls, shopping.
A version of this cartoon was published in Private Eye, Christmas 2012
Christmas cartoon. Which to choose: Santa’s grotto or Satan’s grotto?
Cartoon showing a child standing between two grottos offering presents. One is Santa’s grotto and one is Satan’s. Both are tempting the child with the offer of presents and material gifts. Maybe Satan’s gifts are less wholesome.
This cartoon isn’t meant to be particularly profound or meaningful in any religious way by the way (as I’m an atheist). It’s just a simple observation about temptation and the fact that Santa and Satan are anagrams of each other.
A cartoon or illustration that illustrates temptation, difficult choices, bribes, xmas, bribery.
A man looking out of his bedroom window on Christmas morning, to see Santa’s reindeer eating his Brussels sprouts in his vegetable garden
An illustration suitable for a Christmas card for gardening enthusiasts
Christmas presents for dogs
A dog opening a Christmas present or gift from its owner. The present is a stick
Pet owners often give Christmas gifts to their pets.
One of the points of this cartoon is that sometimes the simplest things are the most appreciated.
Another is that the gift doesn’t have to have cast any money.
Cartoon reference number: xms007
An unusual Christmas cartoon (because it’s about Jesus’s birthday)
Jesus keys his pin number into a bank cash point machine (atm). His number is his birthday, 25th December (25 12 in Britain, 12 25 in the USA)
A large number of people use their birthday as a password or pin number
A cartoon about Jesus, Christianity, religion, Christmas, PIN numbers, passwords.
Cartoon reference number: rel003
Christmas myth cartoon
Santa’s flying reindeer are just a Christmas myth shock!
Santa Claus on the roof of a house with a flying rhinoceros pulling his sleigh instead of the traditional flying reindeer. The rhino is telling a cat that the reindeer thing was just a silly myth.
Part of the joke is that the whole Santa Christmas story is a myth.
A cartoon about myths, beliefs and traditions.
Cartoon reference number: xms005
Santa Claus’s traditional clothes update
Santa employs a public relations consultant or marketing guru to update his image. The pr man suggests that Santa modernises his clothes to make them more fashionable and to improve his image with the young
He still keeps his trademark red though! (Apparently based on the corporate colours of Coca Cola).
A cartoon about fashion, tradition, corporate identity, public image, marketing
Mythological characters cartoon
Santa Claus is rescued by Superman when Santa’s flying sleigh goes out of control and plunges towards the ground
One mythological or mythical figure being rescued by another mythical figure
Snowman cartoon and snowdog cartoon
Children making a snowman, with one child making a snowdog (that’s urinating against a tree)
A cartoon suitable for a Christmas card
The three wise men following the Star of Bethlehem
The three wise men find Jesus by following the Star of Bethlehem, which is announcing his birth. The Star of Bethlehem is a newspaper.
A cartoon about the media, journalism, tabloid journalism, religion, myths, tradition and Christmas.
This illustration was published as a Christmas card by Paperlink.
Cartoon reference number: xms001