One of my all-time favorite Christmas movies is “Christmas with the Kranks”. In this story, Mr. and Mrs. Krank decide that they are going to skip Christmas for a year. No cards. No gifts. No giant Frosty on the roof. While I did not make a conscious decision to do so, up until December 21, you would have sworn that I, Florence Strang, was skipping Christmas this year. There were no cards. No gifts. No giant inflatable Micky Mouse plugged in outside my door. Yes folks, I had become Florence Krank! It is not my fault. I blame it entirely on my daughter, Kaitlyn. She was away at University for the first time this year, and without her to keep me on my toes with her shopping lists, calendars and exceptional organizational skills, Christmas just kinda snuck up on me. But lucky for me, Kaitlyn made it home just in time to save Christmas. While rolling her eyes at me and saying, “MOTH-ERRRR!”, she whipped up a list for me with who to shop for and what to buy, cross-referenced with places to shop. Thank you, Kaitlyn! So armed with my shopping list, Shawn and I set out to the Avalon Mall on our second annual Christmas shopping marathon, which turned out to be pretty much the same as our first annual Christmas shopping marathon. If you are in the mood for a giggle, you can read about it RIGHT HERE.
(One from the archives….The Christmas I was bald.)