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Ah, the long stretch of drudgery after the hectic holiday season. It’s a time of sickened overindulgence and desperate boredom in equal parts. What better moment to post pictures from my own simultaneously crammed and void seasonal stretch? Early in December, arriving home and seeing the full mass of Christmas decorations heaped on our dining room table, I felt inspired* to grab the ol’ point n’ shoot.
(*inspired = wanted to avoid getting pine sap all over me.)
Years of family history lay in tangled heaps, briefly exhumed only to be packed back up in short measure for another year’s basement exile.
This is the oldest ornament my family has, from my mom’s family. I think of her as the Sugarplum Fairy. She’s too fragile and precious to risk hanging low on the tree, easy cat bait, so we tend to hang her high. Wait, that came out wrong.
These must have been created at the behest of some well-meaning elementary school teacher – too clunky to actually hang on the tree, but with photos specifically taken for the holiday season. Nothing says ‘Merry Christmas!’ like awkward personal poses.
One small testament to the skill of Grandma Tillie, not a blood relation but our grandma’s best friend. Aside from copious canvas needlepoint, she stitched each of us stockings for our first Christmas. We still use them.
Brass and vague resemblance to ‘Love Is’. Ah, the ’70s.
Another well-intended class project.
Part of the annual Christmas haul in my family is a stocking full of wee edible goodies. Among this year’s treats was a bag of gummi bears (gummy bears? I’ve no idea). Two weeks later, after housing half the bag, I noticed they were comprised solely of the best colors (color and flavor being interchangeable here) – cherry and lime. Further inspection revealed these were no ordinary gummies, but Christmas Bears!
As I continued to stuff my face I noticed an additional detail- just as their illustrated counterparts were drawn, the gummies themselves had little Santa hats in red or green. Charming! And also delicious.
I’m busy printing up ‘I SURVIVED THE 2010 HOLIDAY KILLSTORM’ shirts to hand out via snowmobile along Route 18, so I’ll keep it brief. As their intended recipients have mostly received them, I share this year’s Christmas card with you, the anonymous reader (and my mom. Hi mom).
“Today? Why, it’s only 7 more days to New Year’s! Please sir, I’m so hungr…”
Merry Christmas, everyone!