(Original Publication Date, 27 December 1990)
Panel 1: We start things off with a reminder of why I like having an artificial Christmas tree: I don't have to water it daily to keep it from being a fire hazard. We also see Elly's inability to delegate in full effect when she tries to do so despite that being all kinds of awkward not that she's at five months along. She cannot reach it with any sort of grace and knocks ornaments off the tree.
Panel 2: She tries another position and gets similar results.
Panel 3: Her third failed attempt makes me worried that Morbo from Futurama will show up and yell "HUMAN BEINGS DO NOT BEND THAT WAY!!!"
Panel 4: She invites 'useless' criticism in the key of "Why didn't you do that in the first place?" when she yells for someone else to water the tree.
Summary: We're seeing the first of three strips about how awkward Elly's life is now that she's in the late stages of the second trimester. Tomorrow, she gives herself licence to gorge and we end with John forgetting that he married a raw nerve.