Good morning everyone, it’s been a while.
This morning, as I was chipping the ice off of my legs (it’s been rather chilly here in the lower 48, hasn’t it? I’m sure that it’s another heinous Canadian plot), I got thinking about Xmas tree decorations. In my case, our tree is going undecorated this year, and not from any lack of Christmas spirit or other such nonsense. No, gods above, below, and out on both sides, no. My wife, you see, adores Christmas and has collected at least a sea container’s worth of ornaments and other seasonal decorations, and when she hits full stride the inside of the compound looks as if it’s been hit by a bomb made of chrome, glitter and coloured lights. It can be quite frightening to the uninitiated. But not this year.
This year we have two new young cats. It’s been a very long time since we had any young cats at the compound. Our previous kitties were 18 years old when they passed on earlier this year, and we had forgotten just how much of a handful a pair of young (Audrey is 10 months and Sydney is 22 months old) cats can be. Needless to say, we have cats everywhere, even though there are only two of them, and we especially have them in our tree. I took the precaution of lashing the tree to a bannister, and it’s a damned good thing that I did, otherwise I’d find it on the floor every morning. Hence, no decorations on the tree this year.
But that’s not the subject of this post. No, it’s about ugly Xmas ornaments, like that stupid pickle up top. My sister gave us one of those things many years ago, to my chagrin, and spouting off about some typically saccharine Xmas legend from Germany or some other Teutonic region. A pickle. What’s next, an Xmas turnip?
My wife goes to ornament exchanges with her co-workers every year to swap unwanted (?) Xmas tree bling with each other, and sometimes she hauls home some real stinkers, but nothing as ugly (to me) as that glass pickle.
So how about you lot? What’s the ugliest Xmas decoration that you possess and that your Better Half™ insists that you proudly display?
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