Louis C.K. Considered Giving His Kids Nothing for Christmas

“I actually do think that one Christmas with nothing would make them more generous, more cautious, and smarter people, so it would actually be good parenting to have one Christmas where you get nothing,” Louis C.K. said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It was another of his classic Louis C.K. observations about life, happiness and materialism. Fortunately for his two daughters, Louis C.K.’s will is not as strong as his will: “But I can’t do it. I can’t do what’s right for my kids.”

C.K. made what is probably his final appearance on the Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show last night. He also lambasted the typical new year’s wish. “Somebody said to me the other day, ‘I wish you nothing but love and happiness for the new year.’ That’s never gonna happen,” he told Leno. “No one has a full year of love and happiness. I mean, even rich, happily married, in-love people have diarrhea three times a year.” While three seems a little low to me (do rich people never eat Mexican food or drink vodka?) the sentiment rings true.

He also found time to talk about his directorial debut from way back in 1998, Tomorrow Night. Though the film premiered at Sundance, it was never released, until later this year, when C.K. will release it on his website. The film stars Steve Carell, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler and J.B. Smoove. You can see a trailer here.