(Strip Number 1234, Original Publication Date, 13 December 1986)
Panel 1: Elly tells a delighted Mike and Lizzie kids that they have received a package from Grandma.
Panel 2: When Elly explains that Marian has sent her them REAL holly from British Columbia, their smiles have been erased because as the evil materialistic children television has created, they associate Christmas with getting things and not with family.
Panel 3: She then goes on to tell an underwhelmed Mike that this grew in her garden back home and is a piece of her past.
Panel 4: As he stares at the disappointing lump of foliage, he thought-bubbles that it is hard to appreciate the past when expecting presents.
Summary: We get more irritating nonsense along this line when she has them wish all the stuff was just for them so that the joy of getting would be accompanied by the joy of someone else not getting. What we do not get is any idea of who raised them to be heartlessly materialistic. (Hint. It's the people who bought the television. Dahl was right about that.)