(Strip Number 7174, Original Publication Date, 23 December 1984)
Panel 1: As the Pattersons get ready to decorate their tree, Elly is delighted to find that her old bubble lights still work.
Panel 2: Mike is equally delighted to find that there are still some holly berries left over from the real holly that Grandma sent them.
Panel 3: Next, Elly pulls out the Christmas angel Mike gave her last year.
Panel 4: Next comes the wreath they bought in San Francisco.
Panel 5: She next tells Lizzie that she'd bought the silver bell ornaments before she met Daddy.
Panel 6: Mike is happy because he found the straw stars he made in first grade and Lizzie is happy because she found the Santa candle.
Panel 7: When John makes the scene, Elly tells him that she loves going through the ornaments because of the warm memories they inspire.
Panel 8: As the Pattersons bask in the glowing warmth of fond memories and a well-lit tree, Lynn herself tells us "One of the joys of Christmas is remembering the joys of Christmases past!"
Summary: Sure, it's a hokey, greeting-card sentiment that'll put the life of every diabetic in the country at risk. That's just one of the risks people have to take when dealing with the season.