An elderly woman looks out the window to see Santa and two reindeer peering back at her. She reports that it “looks like reindeer” to her husband who dismisses it as a bad weather report.

December has been unseasonably cold in Victoria. It’s been in the low 20s for the most part so far (that’s Celsius, low 70s for the Fahrenheiters). That’s apparently about to change with a run of days above 30C over Christmas. One example of the media’s interpretation of this is the headline “Melbourne set for Christmas heatwave”.

I had drawn this cartoon without hearing any weather forecast, but figured in Australia as a whole, on average I couldn’t go wrong with hot and dry when considering all the extreme inland temperatures.

I don’t know where this idea came from. I imagine through thinking all things Santa and reindeer. It just occurred to me that a woman should be looking at and announcing reindeer, and that her husband, obliviously reading the paper, should be misinterpreting what she’s saying.

The reindeer look happy to be seen, as does Santa, indicated by their friendly waving gestures, though the woman looking at them may not be so happy with her hands on hips, matter-of-factness attitude.

Regardless of character temperament, I had fun drawing this. It’s one of those silly things that amused me at the time of creation and still amuses me in looking back on it.

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Christmas.