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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Christmas Theatrics

Wraith - His usual location

We are a theatrical family.
And by that, I mean that we are deeply involved in theatre.
Not that we are prone to theatrics in the home.
That would just be silly.
The Tolleys are known for things like – bursting into song instantaneously.
And everyone knowing the words.
Launching into long quotes at the mention of a single phrase.
Dressing up.
Our family was, quite literally, raised on the stage.
To anyone not so inclined, we're weird.
We do weird things.
We direct/perform in/produce plays.
We host Medieval feasts for no reason.
We dress up on a theme and invite the neighbourhood to come in and eat pie to celebrate . . . whatever.
To our neighbours, we are that family who doesn't do anything normally.
Even our Christmas decorating is a bit . . . I'm going to go with the PC term and call it . . . different.
We don't do lights.
We did, but we've gotten lazy.
Now our Christmas decorating consists of our Halloween decorating, plus a small addition.
I know. Weird.
Years ago, for her graduating project, our youngest daughter sculpted a wraith.
You heard correctly.
A wraith.
Nine feet tall and rather spooky looking.
We love it.
Wraith at Christmas
And, yes, that's a Humbug hat.
Don't ask . . .
It comes out of our back yard every Halloween and is prominently displayed next to the front door.
Where it can scare the cookies out of the little 'trick-or-treaters'.
And where it usually freezes so solidly to the grass that it must remain through Christmas and into the spring thaw.
Sigh.
How do you hide a nine-foot-tall behemoth?
In plain sight.
You can see what I mean.
Yep. Christmas at the Tolleys.
Everyone welcome!


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    1. I know, Delores. We're scary. And contrary to popular opinion, we LOVE Christmas!

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  2. Well I'd put some lights on him a red hat and black belt and a white beard lol He'd become Santa.
    I also like to keep my decorations out all year round.
    Like the tree is up all year round. It is nice to make every day feel like Christmas.

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    1. What great ideas! Watch out next Christmas!!!

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  3. Dear Diane,

    What a delight to meet you - your post made me smile!
    I appreciate the nice comment you left on Inspire Me Monday! I am now following you and I invite you to join us on Friendship Frdiay, where you'll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some other members of my my fabulous community!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Ramona
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    1. Thank you, Ramona! I'm so glad I could give you a smile! I think 'Inspire Me Monday' an absolutely amazing idea. There aren't enough uplifting things in the world today. We have to support the ones we find! I will definitely look in on Friday!

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  4. I'd say, anyone who gets invited to the Tolleys for an evening are in for a lot of fun.

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  5. I immediately thought of him as Father Christmas needing his clothes back from the dry cleaner. I hope they arrive by this Christmas. :-)

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    1. Father Christmas. Never thought of that. He'd look great in a nice Father Christmas robe! Oh, I do hope we get him unstuck from the lawn before next Christmas though . . .

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