Today’s comic is Dilbert featuring Dilbert and his dog, Dogbert. The two have a love/hate relationship.
December is the (Christmas) holiday season in many parts of the world. There are lots of parties, special events, and gift giving that takes place during this month.
Getting someone a gift that they will really enjoy can be hard. There is a popular saying in English when it comes to gift giving.
“It is not the gift, but the thought that counts.”
– Henry Van Dyke
“Are you ready to do mental gifting?” – Dilbert
“You go first.” – Dogbert
“I imaging giving you a sweater that doesn’t fit” – Dilbert
“Imagine giving you a tool that you already have.” – Dogbert
“Merry Christmas, Dogbert.” – Dilbert
“Stupid sweater.” – Dogbert.
Why is this funny?
Instead of giving each other real gifts, Dilbert and Dogbert decide to imagine what they would get each other as gifts. But they did not put much thought into the idea of the gift itself. They got each other things they already have or that will be useless and unenjoyable.
If it is the thought that counts, Dilbert and Dogbert have put no thought into their gifts. Or to show how much they dislike one another; they put lots of thought into thinking of gifts that they knew the other would hate.