Poor Rudolph. Let’s hope Santa’s staffing shortage doesn’t lead to delays in present delivery for the children of the world this Christmas. Besides, who’s Rudolph been mixing with? It’s only a matter of time before Dasher and Dancer and Vixen and all that lot come down with the lurgy. I’m surprised Santa hasn’t got an Amazon Prime account like the rest of us.
The wonderful Kathryn Lamb has drawn our annual Christmas greeting this year, the latest in a line of specially-commissioned cartoons of which we are all proud. Once again, we are capturing what we can only hope will be a swiftly-passing moment in our history, like loom bands and flossing. And the card is sadly available only digitally: with people working from home, it would be a terrible waste to have cards stacked up unopened in empty offices.
At the start of each year, it would normally be very difficult to predict what would tickle our cartoonists come December. But let’s face it, that would have been blind optimism this year. Let’s hope that new waves of coronavirus are finally not still the centre of attention as we approach 2023.
If you have a prediction for next year’s card, maybe some more Emma Raducanu magic, or a binding global agreement on still or sparkling water at the next climate summit, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send a bottle over if you’re close.
All that remains is to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful new year.
Revisiting Christmas cards past…
Click to enlarge: ‘I was on a Zoom call…’ (2020)