I love Christmas. Love it.
I love the snow, the caroling, goofy snowflake sweaters, egg nog, the smell of pine, fighting old ladies for that last $5 Cuisinart crock pot, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, family, reindeer antlers for Oliver, watching Oliver try to pull off his reindeer antlers, etc., etc.
So, of course, I have been ready to put up our decorations. Slight problem, we have no decorations.
Problem solved: The Christmas Tree Shop. The store that has it all, from travel size wet naps to chicken marinades to butt-shakin' Santas.
I make the trip down to Albany and enter the store fully intending to browse for a future purchase(s). Browsing turned into a handful, which led to a cartful, and that is where our adventure begins.
"I'm in line, it might be 20 minutes before I check out."
"What did you get?"
"Oh, just some Christmas decorations."
"Is this going to start a fight?"
"It shouldn't, I found some good stuff."
"How much is it?"
"Don't know yet"
"It's not going to be over $20, is it?"
"If so, not by much."
The total came to $69.76.
Needless to say, this did not end well. But we do have a lovely red and gold themed centerpiece on our dining room table. Oh, and more dish towels.