I was so proud of myself that, for the first time in 11 years, I decorated for the holidays. Now looking at this 'display' it makes me wonder if I never should have snapped a photo.

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I have no idea when or where I received that twisted plastic Christmas tree. The lace and most of the foil ornaments have been on there untouched since the late 1990's.

There is a snowman, a Santa (obscured from view) and a SWEET New England Patriots football ornament (to the upper left).

The glorious leg lamp, made famous by the classic movie 'A Christmas Story' was a gift from my cousin Jeremy and his wife Dawn. The both of them actually made me a life size version of it one year (complete with it's own full size 'Fragile' shipping crate) but sadly, much like the lamp in the movie, it too fell over and broke in half.

This miniaturized version is constructed of hard plastic and is a plug in night light.


In this expanded photo, you can see the ornament of Cartman from South Park that Sarah is convinced she gave me.

The more I think about it, the more that this seems possible.

There's a reason that Cartman is standing on the coffee table, much like the real thing, he weighs about 3 pounds and would twist my pathetic tree even further if I hung him on there ornament style.

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A good rule of thumb would be to make sure it looks better than what I have here.

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