A wine-soaked slumber party on the Internet.
1. Candle on Table2. Bag of Tortilla Chips behind Candle on Table.3. Angel Tree Topper.
1. This is all my stepmom. She loves candles--at Christmas, every flat surface has at least three candles lit on it. This one serves a dual purpose, though. Every Christmas Eve we sit around the table and eat snacks and appetizers and open presents. This big candle in the middle, I believe, is a fire hazard designed to keep my dad and brother from reaching across the table and force them to pass things around like civilized folks. Because it can be a feeding frenzy. (See below.)2. This bag had a Post-It note on it up until Christmas Eve instructing people not to eat any of the red and green tortilla chips until it was go time. My brother is vegan and this means that while the shrimp cocktail may have been safe from his paws, salsa--and all vehicles thereof--becomes an endangered species once he enters the building. That kid can really annihilate chips and salsa. This photograph is the last proof of life of those special, reserved tortilla chips post-Post-It. There were no survivors.3. We had a really nice, ornate angel tree topper, and then my dad and stepmom bought this gigantic tree, and the topper was too tall and scraped the ceiling. The one in the picture is tacky. I think it was the only one they found that was short enough to fit on this tree. Most tree top angels I see are about a foot tall and composed of gold paint and velvet and porcelain or something. This one is all plastic and melt-able synthetic fabric and actually has wiring in it to hook it up to your light strand--so the angel can hold a "candle." I'm guessing this is a nod to the bible, and guiding blah-blah-blah to the manger, etc., but in the case of our tree that "candle" would just serve to draw wise men to a seriously tacky tree-top situation. It was wisely decided not to plug this angel in. I think my stepmom just decided that the tree was so tall that no one would actually crane their neck to look that closely at what's on top of the tree and she just needed something short enough to fill the space.