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Today's cartoon is about how to spend the holidays without quarreling. In this case, the woman is following classic negotiation advice: include the positives with your request.

The Atlantic Monthly, quoting a study by UCLA researchers, says that sharing household chores was the 3rd most important ingredient to a happy marriage. Gosh, wonder what the other 2 were.

10 Christmas Quotes to Keep Your Good Cheer

At Christmas, tea is compulsory. Relatives are optional.
― Robert Godden

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
--- Norman Vincent Peale

"That does it," said Jace. "I'm going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year."
― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.  
--- Tusser.

 ’Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart.
--- W. Irving.    

Another year will bring another Christmas.---  Danish.

In came Mrs. Fezziwig, one vast substantial smile.
--- A Christmas Carol, Dickens

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
--- Franklin.

"Dad, you taught me everything I know about exterior illumination."

And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you; not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem, and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away. ---Fra Giovanni Giocondo

My last cartoon was 13 easy ways to jumpstart your boring life. Next up: time for a Christmas meltdown?

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