Well you just can’t believe how late I am doing my post tonight, people! It has been a busy day with friends and tasks and whatnot and – well, Christmas is a busy time, is it not? (“Too busy!” I hear many of you say in the background. To which I say: “I concur!” Or, well, wait a minute; when has anyone since about 1925 ever uttered the word “concur”? But anyway, you know what I mean.)
But be that as it may, tonight’s very late-night post features possibly the cutest-ever Christmas ornament, a very sweet thing that Raymond and I discovered (and decided that we had to have) on our most recent visit to what is perhaps the best gift shop in all of Hastings County, the Old Hastings Mercantile. It is called Santa’s Clothesline, and it features all of Santa’s clothes hung out to dry (in those frigid North Pole climes, so the drying is going to take a while; they’ll probably freeze before they dry) after he returns home from his Christmas Eve duties. Note that there are suspenders, and hat, and jacket, and two sets of mitts (you need two sets of mitts when it’s really cold) and two sets of socks (ditto), and a very nice cozy sweater to wear under the jacket. All red! (As befits Santa.)
It is a sweet and happy Christmas thing, the kind of decoration that makes you smile every time you look at it. And since smiling and happiness are a critical part of Christmas, well, I have to say: God bless us, every one!