Monday, November 26, 2007

Deck the Halls

*sings* "It's beginning to look a lot like...that-wonderful-day-in-late-December-where-children-use-all-means-short-of-extortion-to-obtain-presents-and-grandpa-has-too-much-of-the-sauce-and-ends-up-telling-war-stories-while-someone-is-wondering-what-they-did-to-deserve-the-50-quart-warehouse-bottle-of-aftershave."

;) Or, as it's most commonly known...Christmas. Our halls are decked and the stockings are hung by the chimney with hopes that, in 30 days, they'll be too heavy to hang.

Enjoy the slide show...


Now...when do we start the war on Christmas? *wink*

22 comments:

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Cpt Pmomma,

I have the troops prepped and ready for deployment.

I suggest a dawn strike. In complying with military procedure we have allocated important enemy combatants to the standard 52 card deck.

Santa Claus aka St Nicholas aka the Jolly Fat F@cker is the ace of Spades, Rudolf the Ace of Hearts

Poodles said...

Sean,
Throw in the Joker (jesus) and it will make the battle even more challenging!

Evolouie said...

And lets not forget our enemies biggest Propagandist.
Like Iraq had Baghdad Bob, the crazy christ peoplehave
"Swill O'liely"
He deserves an ace if anyone does.

Kazim said...

Ginny, if you read this:

See, I'm not the only one who jokes about starting the war on Christmas. Quit criticizing me. ;)

Kat said...

Wow! I've never seen a beta fish ornament before! I want to know where to find one!

Betsy said...

Love the pictures, Pmomma!
I have to ask - where did you get those great stocking holders?

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Sean says...I suggest a dawn strike. In complying with military procedure we have allocated important enemy combatants to the standard 52 card deck.

This made me guffaw out loud. :)

Poodles says...Throw in the Joker (jesus) and it will make the battle even more challenging!
Does this mean that God is that insidious little card that comes with all of the decks and tells you how to play games? If so, it's appropo.

Kazim says...See, I'm not the only one who jokes about starting the war on Christmas. Quit criticizing me. ;)

Ha!!

Kat said...
Wow! I've never seen a beta fish ornament before! I want to know where to find one!

I found my two at the botanical gardens in St. Louis.

Betsy says...I have to ask - where did you get those great stocking holders?

Linens and Things, I think. Once we realized we were done having children, I was like "We're buying GOOD stocking holders." And, then I searched for four or five months. I ended up at L&T to buy something for a friend's weddings and saw those on the clearance rack. For all six, I paid $24. I think they retailed for $18 a piece. The ONLY downside I'm finding is that they're like a leaded glass window - you have to be very, very careful when packing them away and you can't let the kids handle them too much or the oil from their hands makes the gold turn.

Maggie Rosethorn said...

Great pictures, Pmomma. Haven't done any decorating yet, but will probably start this next weekend. Just goes against my grain to decorate before December, somehow. I have in the past when we were having far-away family over at Thanksgiving so would celebrate a VERY early Xmas with them.

But, come 12/1, I'll start. The boxes will come up and the little things will be put up.

Carlie said...

As an alum, I'm particularly fond of the Jayhawk. :)

Bride of Shrek said...

Um, can you tell me what that silver ornament is? It looks kind of like a dill pickle but it could also be a... um,a male thingy. Anyhow its going to keep me awake at night until I know.

Wonderful tree and kudos for being so organised with four children. I've got three and I haven't thought about where the box is yet that holds all the Chrissy stuff.

SpaceCase said...

You have a Christmas Pickle! That made my evening, seeing that someone else enjoys the weird ornaments with dubious traditions behind them.

The rest of the pictures are awesome, too, but...Christmas Pickle!

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Carlie - KU rules! :) Nice to find a fellow hawk.

Um, can you tell me what that silver ornament is? It looks kind of like a dill pickle but it could also be a... um,a male thingy. Anyhow its going to keep me awake at night until I know.

It *is* a dill pickle. There's a tradition, although the origins are suspect, that goes along the line of: the first kid to find the Christmas pickle on the tree, on Christmas morning, gets a special gift. We hang the pickle on the tree the whole season, but we move it on Dec. 24th to a different place on the tree. The kid who finds it first gets a bag of holiday colored M&Ms. You can buy the ornaments at any German or Polish ornament maker. They're usually glass. Plus, it's just a cool conversation piece.

You have a Christmas Pickle! That made my evening, seeing that someone else enjoys the weird ornaments with dubious traditions behind them.

Spacecase, we do, we do. I love that pickle!! Glad to meet someone else who is "of the pickle". :)

Kitty Carry-all said...

I love it when you share pictures of your possums. It reinforces the idea that atheists can have normal, strong families. Have to say I'm impressed by the evident bond y'all have with your possums.

I was curious about the shovel that P4 is eating with. What's that about?

I'm a phys ed teacher and I really enjoy seeing kids playing in the great outdoors. The picture of P3 climbing made my day. How do you manage to get them to exercise? You don't refer to sports in your journal entries but your kids look really healthy and active. Care to share your secret?

You seem like a fantastic mama possum. Keep up the good work!

Poodles said...

We have a pickle too, it was a gift from a german friend. We also have a shark and a jelly fish...odd.

ShadesOfGrey said...

The pickle caught my eye too!

You beat us by one day...today we'll have all the decorations up (that is, if I don't blow the day by sitting here trying to catch up on your past week's entries). :)

ShadesOfGrey said...

P4 has an awesome eating utensil! I've always wanted to shovel food in my mouth like that too. ;>

BTW, I keep meaning to ask because I don't think I've seen your follow-up post on it (maybe I just missed it somehow), but has your family come to a decision about the boarding school P1 got an offer to?

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Shades, no...we haven't made up our minds, yet. We don't have to give them our decision until February 1.

ShadesOfGrey said...

Ds#1 just saw your photos, and he was wondering if that ornament (in the first and one of the subsequent photos) is supposed to be a stylized Mickey Mouse or a snazzy water molecule. Inquiring minds and all that....

Well, I'll watch for your update on P1's school fate. I'm nervous and excited for you.

aiabx said...

Every time someone decorates a tree with a pickle instead of an angel, another battle in the WoC is won. Well fought, comrade!

Psychodiva said...

ooooo pretties!!!

mama_nomad said...

so you celebrate christmas? since we started a family we have been carefully honing our "holidays" to be rid of the nonsense and only keep what makes sense to us and our beliefs--we have really downplayed the consumer aspect, decided to do our celebration on solstice, and get a live tree to plant later(to honor nature instead of, you know, that Jesus dude). i was raised christian and husband raised jewish, we mix a few traditions of both (the food for Hanakkah--love me some latkes) and then keep the focus on the season, gratefulness, and family.

but damn every year the nationwide focus on Christmas gets more and more annoying! it's everywhere and it's assumed that everyone celebrates it (and if you don't you are somehow depriving your family)--it seems so arrogant! i fond it especially annoying in the school setting--i mean it's (supposed to be) a religious holiday even though it has obviously been diluted in traditional American style--to close for comfort for me....


i wonder how other atheists are doing it....?

eyeslikesugar said...

My friend calls it 'Kittenmas'. I like that better =)