Well, it may seem a bit forced, but this strip is also my contribution for this year’s Monkey Day, Casey Sorrow’s contribution to the fake Internet holiday pantheon, and one I often choose to keep in mind when people wish me “Happy Holidays” this time of year.

I had two competing ideas for this strip, and eventually combined them.  On the one hand I was thinking of reasons why these kids wanted a monkey, and why their parents convinced them Santa couldn’t bring monkeys.  On the other, I was intrigued by the doll house, given that these were two boys.  I couldn’t make either idea work on its own, but somehow they work together.