Well, it wouldn't have been, anyway; Lynn decided to shift gears so we're still not dealing with anything surprising. If she decided to run the only reprint that fits, we'd get this mess:
Panel 1: Elly, who's putting her hair up in curlers for the night, says "I've gone and done it now." As John changes into his pajamas, he looks over his shoulder wondering what 'it' is.
Panel 2: As he brushes his teeth, Elly explains, as she removes her false eyelashes, that Connie thinks that Phil is the answer to her dreams.
Panel 3: As she applies a bunch of cold creme, she tells John that Connie refuses to see Phil as he really is.
Panel 4: Instead of risking his fool neck by asking what any of that has to do with her, John looks Elly (whose face is covered in goo) in the eyes and says that sometimes, that's the key to a successful relationship.
Summary: It's supposed to be funny because John's happiness is based on his denying that Elly is not the happy homemaker he'd like her to be. It's also supposed to be funny because Connie is kidding herself and thus setting herself up for a fall.
But since she ran that before, we'll get a new-ruin that's even more horrific: Lizzie sucking on Phil's pipe.
Panel 1: We start off with Phil, who's carrying his suitcases, telling Elly and Mike's silhouette "I'm on my way, Sis. I'm going to drop off my rental car and Connie is going to take me to the train."
Panel 2: Two-foot tall Mike hugs Phil, asks him if he hasta go and couldn't he stay a little longer; Elly leans down and tells him that Phil will be back very soon.
Panel 3: As he heads out the door, he says "Yeah! With my luck, I've probably forgotten something." Elly tells him that whatever that thing is, they'll get it back to him in good shape.
Panel 4: The strip ends with a nauseating image: Lizzie in the overalls that Lynn loves to draw but drive us up the wall CRUNCHing on Phil's pipe.
Summary: The only thing more disgusting than watching a one year old playing with a tobacco pipe is not it's a stupid way to set up the whole "Connie goes to Montréal to return it when she could have mailed it there and not humiliated herself" arc; it's that KAN will gush about how completely cute it is.
ETA: It seems that as far as Lynn is concerned that the holiday season is over.