Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Xmas Wars

Today’s Jesus and Mo, called “plays,” deals with the annual Dueling Persecution of Christians vs. Muslims.

BTW, the strip will be all of 13 years old on November 23. You can become a Patreon here, and there’s a special offer if you donate $4 per month or more:

From now until that date, anyone becoming a $4 per month patron (or raising their existing pledge to $4) gets sent a signed, dedicated A5 J&M print of their choice – an ideal Xmas present or gift to self (say which comic and who you want it dedicated to in an email or Patreon message). This is a limited time offer which ends on Nov 23.

That’s a lovely offer, and there are lots of strips to choose from. And be sure to tell ’em I sent you!


  1. Serendipitydawg
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    They pinched Yule, it isn’t the reason for the season 🙂

  2. Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Isn’t it “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Christmas”? We say “Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”. Anything else sounds wrong. Isn’t the human brain a strange, wonderful thing?

    • Posted November 7, 2018 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      “Happy Christmas” I got the impression is more of a UK thing.

      • Serendipitydawg
        Posted November 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

        Not around here… merry is generally used.

        I suspect we drink too much in Lincolnshire.

        • Steve Pollard
          Posted November 7, 2018 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

          Interesting point…

          I think MC tends to be the sort of thing one says to work colleagues, or acquaintances down the pub, or jolly seasonal workers such as postpersons, carol singers, or Father Christmas’s assistants (try saying that after too much wassail).

          HC is what one says to one’s nearest and dearest while peeling the sprouts, wrestling the turkey into the oven, pulling a cracker, or opening one’s unexpected annual gift of festively-wrapped socks.

          It’s a cultural thing.

      • Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

        Sheesh. Everyone knows it is Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Would anyone say Merry Holidays? No! So why would anyone say Happy Christmas?

        • Posted November 7, 2018 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

          PS I greet everyone with “Merry Christmas”, and to hell with anyone who takes offense. After all, ‘Tis the season…

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted November 7, 2018 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

      I absolutely agree. It’s always been Merry Christmas. I suspect some PC wowser at some point decided ‘Merry’ implied drunkenness and all sorts of immorality and tried to change it to ‘Happy’.

      But if you say ‘Happy Christmas’ what do you do for the New Year? ‘Fortunate New Year’ – no, sounds like a Chinese fortune cookie.


    • Posted November 8, 2018 at 3:47 am | Permalink

      I’ve always said “Happy Christmas”. No, wait that is a lie, I usually say “Bah humbug”.

  3. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    San Francisco’s Christmas is rather secularized but going strong.

    The annual Nutcracker ballet, done every year by the SF ballet.

    The annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” done every year by SF’s largest stage company, ACT.
    Typically, other Christmas plays abound. For example, last year Half Moon Bay’s “Coastal Repertory” did “A Coney Island Christmas” (focusing on a girl with one Jewish and one Christian parent.)

    The annual Dickens Christmas Faire, always a big draw.

    The Smuin dance company’s annual Christmas ballet.

    Christmas trees galore in department stores, and on the streets.

    And during Christmas season, San Francisco’s City Hall is always lit up like this.

    Clearly the war isn’t going well.

  4. Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    My favorite “war on Christmas” passage is from Marilynne Robinson’s The Givenness of Things. One might expect that, being a staunch Christian and a Calvinist at that, Robinson would jump on the critical bandwagon about the over-commercializing of this holiday; instead, she takes the opposite tack and criticizes the critics:

    The cliches about Christmas are so utterly weary and worn that it is difficult to mention them even to attempt to be rid of them. Still. The reality of the phenomenon is this—people mob the stores looking for gifts to give to other people. All this is swept into the broad category of consumption so that we can speak of it as if it were greed and self-indulgence in an artificially heightened state. It is really inflamed generosity. All those people are thinking about what someone else might want, need, look good in, be amused by. This by itself must be a valuable discipline. Every one of them knows that if they chose to celebrate Epiphany, January 6, the day when the Magi actually, traditionally speaking, brought their gifts, or any day after December 25, which most of them know is a date chosen arbitrarily by the early church, they would save a tremendous amount of money. So the investment they are making is only secondarily in stuff, and primarily in a particular evening or morning that is set apart by this singular ritual of giving and receiving. A Martian might conclude that these evenings and mornings focus benevolent feelings that would otherwise be unexpressed, unacknowledged, or merely routine. Families tend to provide, but Christmas reminds everyone that there is joy in it. A small gift to or from an acquaintance is expressive, a kind of courteous language. If we wanted to, we could find a considerable loveliness in all this, but that is prohibited by the conventions of social critique. We would rather think darkly about those materialists who have emptied the shelves of things we had on our lists, who stand with their carts full of loot between ourselves and the cash register.

%d bloggers like this: