Comics: Once Upon a Trope

Getting Into the Christmas Spirit


A group of coworkers are in an office together. All but one are putting up Christmas decorations.

Coworker 1: Is it okay if we leave Christmas decorations out of the lunchroom? I don’t like Christmas, and that will give me somewhere Christmas-free to retreat to.

The other coworkers look shocked. They huddle together.

Coworker 2: Oh no, Telvera doesn’t like Christmas!

Coworker 3: We just need to help her get into the Christmas spirit.

The others nod. 

Coworker 2 gives Coworker 1 a candy cane. Two other coworkers offer 1 stuffed stockings. Three coworkers sing Christmas carols behind their desk. As this happens, the coworkers look increasingly fervent and Coworker 1 looks increasingly alarmed.

Coworker 1 huddles in a corner in terror, surrounded by looming coworkers, all wearing Christmas costumes and reaching their hands out like zombies. 

Coworker 2: You better watch out.

Coworker 3: You better not cry.

Coworker 4: You better not pout.

Coworker 5: I’m telling you why.

Coworkers 2, 3, 4, & 5 together: Santa Claus is coming to town.

Later in a Chinese restaurant, Coworker 1 is eating and recounting the tale to the riveted restaurant owner.

Restaurant Owner: So how did you get away?

Coworker 1: I just put on the Muppet Christmas Carol before making my escape. They’re literally incapable of resisting it.

The Christmas coworkers are huddled around a screen playing the Muppet Christmas Carol, creepily pawing at it as they stare with huge zombie eyes. 



  1. StyxD

    Ia! Ia! Sah’nta Claws, Giver of a Thousand Presents from the Icy Desert, cometh to town!

  2. LeeEsq

    The best adaptation of A Christmas Carol is the George C. Scott version from 1984. I will die on this hill. Fight me.

  3. LeeEsq

    Let us celebrate this day on Mythcreant by remembering all the fantasy writers who weren’t creative enough to come up with their own solstice holiday and just gave Christmas a different name but kept how they, wrongly, believed a medieval Christmas would be celebrated.

  4. S.T. Ockenner

    What if she’s from a religion that does not celebrate Christmas, like Judaism or Hinduism?

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      The same thing can happen, but with religious intolerance thrown in. Most storytellers know better than to write a story about a Jew being pressured into celebrating Christmas, but that absolutely happens in real life. I imagine Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, etc encounter similar situations, but I don’t have personal experience there.

      • Jeppsson

        There’s a Community episode where this happens, but it’s framed as a bad thing to do even though it’s played for laughs (it helps that the insisting Christian is only one person who tries to pressure several other people at once, which is obviously harder to pull off).

        • Oren Ashkenazi

          Yeah that makes sense. I’d be very surprised if a popular TV show framed this as Jews needing to celebrate the birth of Christ. But they’re more than happy to pressure anyone who was raised Christian to do it.

          • Jeppsson

            To clarify: Shirley the Christian has a group of friends consisting of a Jew, a Muslim, a Jehowas witness, and two people who are culturally Christian, but one is very much atheist and one more agnostic but not into Christmas – and she basically tries to push everyone into traditional Christmas celebration. It’s presented as obnoxious but also played for laughs.

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