Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce for December 23, 2009
Dad says, "I notice you haven't asked for a dog this Christmas." Nate says, "Nope. I've given up." Nate says, "Asking for one has never worked, so why keep trying? What's the point in getting my hopes crushed yet again?" Siiiigh Dad says, "That won't work either." Nate thinks, "Rats."