Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. Zero-Gabriel

    Zero-Gabriel said, about 4 years ago

    Now that I think about it… didn’t Jolly “Saint Nicholas” use to give away money on Christmas…??

  2. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, about 4 years ago

    They should give Holly her wish, with a choice. Along with it comes the "Freedom to live without the oppression of living in a warm house, with all her needs taken care of, (food, clothing, etc.)

  3. Monkeyhead

    Monkeyhead said, about 4 years ago


    I see a rent agreement in Holly’s future if she really wants “freedom”.

  4. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, about 4 years ago

    In the last panel, ‘Val’ sounds like my oldest daughter when something is being discussed that she doesn’t want to discuss—‘MOVIN’ ON’!!!!

  5. PhoebeDog

    PhoebeDog said, about 4 years ago

    I’m sorry, but for once I have to agree with the kids. While I don’t think that everyone should spend hundreds of dollars on Christmas gifts (and far too many people go overboard), limiting children to one gift under $50 seems Scroogelike—especially since I’m sure Val and her sister weren’t similarly limited when they were younger. My parents were far from wealthy, but if we got one big gift (like a dollhouse or a bike) we still got some smaller gifts so we had more than one thing to open.
    To play devil’s advocate, though, we DID only get gifts at Christmas—it seems kids today get new stuff every other week. But it doesn’t seem that way in this strip, so I’m still having trouble with the edict.

  6. Dampwaffle

    Dampwaffle said, about 4 years ago

    I bet parents who do the limit the presents thing don’t limit the amount of beer they guzzle, drinks they swill or cigarettes they smoke. It’s just a case of the “ME” generation growing up and not wanting to leave their “ME” space…

  7. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    I also agree with Phoebe. One large gift and a few smaller ones, and then a stocking, with crayons, etc. My girls were very young (4 & 6, maybe) when my first husband died and we had to move in with my parents. They gave each of the girls a dollar’s worth of pennies, wrapped in about six or seven boxes, a few pennies in each box. They still talk about how much fun it was – and they are over 40.

  8. lightenup

    lightenup said, about 4 years ago

    I agree with Phoebe as well. It’s possible to celebrate Christmas with more than one gift without going overboard.

    @Dampwaffle – How do you go from giving presents to drinking beer and smoking cigarettes?? That was quite a leap of logic.

  9. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, about 4 years ago

    I just find it harder and harder to think of gifts for my 8 grandsons who are all teens and older. So money is good with a small gift.

  10. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, about 4 years ago

    In ways I agree with the mom on gift giving limited but for children bad carma. The sisters and mom could limit to one for themselves.
    My family is grown and we meet with sister/husband, our mom, and now sister/husband mom. We draw names with smaller cash limit. Gift card work wonders.
    For Dampwaffle I get what he gets at. Parents who claim not much money spend on unneccesary smoking and beer.

  11. segullah

    segullah said, about 4 years ago

    I’m agreeing with the one larger (any definition of ‘larger’) and numerous smaller ones. It is just fun to unwrap something to see what is inside, that it is for us is a bonus.
    I love the pennies wrapped separately…what fun!

    My eldest son received a rock from a friend for his birthday because that is all the kid had to give (widow’s mite). That rock moved with us because it was the best gift he said. I’m sure it is still in his stuff…he’s 32yrs. old. It wasn’t painted or anything, just a rock off the ground. When he didn’t show up my son asked me to call him and the boy said he didn’t have a gift and I told him that my son wanted HIM at his party not the gift so I drove over and picked him up. He had wrapped the rock in a scrap of paper, it might not’ve been gift wrap either. None of the kids at the party scoffed at it. Talk about a beautiful moment for a bunch of 8-9 year old boys.

  12. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 4 years ago

    I for one think this is terrific idea! There has to be limits on all of this senseless consumerism and it will have to start with the parents. Just because everyone is insane and buying everything in sight doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. What kids really need is love, along with food, shelter and an education. And you can see Holly is already adapting. She didn’t even have an idea for a present.

  13. tazz555

    tazz555 said, about 4 years ago

    I would take 1 gift if its something I really wanted

  14. C S

    C S said, about 4 years ago

    I find this series of strips to be pretty depressing. If they want to enjoy a more meaningful Christmas with the girls they should focus instead on the giving aspect of the holiday. Rather than focusing on how much money they are spending they should encourage the kids to search out a meaningful gift to give to their parents/siblings etc. They might want to think about that themselves too… It’s funny how the gifts that are really thoughtful and meaningful don’t necessarily cost a whole lot. They seem very grinchy to me.

  15. Cuddleman

    Cuddleman said, about 4 years ago

    I was really surprised 1 year about my daughter. She was 10 at the time. We were not well off but always tried to get the kids (2) something they wanted with in reason and like most have said- a few small gifts. My daughter that year had gone through surgery and some radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid and lympth node cancer and basically was cured. We asked her what she would like for Xmas and all she said was that we had given her life and she was happy. She never expected anything after that. That really put me back on track of what Christmas really meant and what should be all year round. The kids still got presents but I think the best one we ever had was the doctrors being able to save her.

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