Anyway, two years ago in Costco Carter saw the Christmas decorations and wanted to look. As we walked the two aisles of Christmas decorations (in September . . . ) Carter got very excited. "Momma, look at the deer family. The deer family is our family! It has a momma deer, a daddy deer, and a baby deer. It's us!" Carter was so earnest in his excitement over the deer family being just like our family his enthusiasm was contagious. When we walked back over to
Fast forward about a year and we are wandering through Costco again. For those that don't know this, Costco is Jason's happy place. He loves Costco. It's early October 2017 and there are two aisles of Christmas decorations set up. Like any happy child, Carter sees the Christmas decorations and wants to go look at them, so Carter and I find ourselves walking through the Christmas aisles again. For a second year in row Carter spots the deer family. "Momma! Momma look! The deer family is back. Our family is back!" Yet again I found myself caught up in Carter's contagious enthusiasm.
We go find
Fast forward to December 2017, the week before Christmas, and Jason, Carter and I are in Canada to visit his family. It was after dark when we landed at the Toronto airport, so I told Carter we should look at Christmas lights and try to spot deer families on our way to grandma's house. This immediately put
Despite Jason's warnings of no deer families and Christmas lights being an American thing, Carter and I saw lots of Christmas lights and a couple of deer families on our drive to his mom's house. The next evening, as we were driving to a restaurant with his mom and his aunt, I told them that Jason had informed Carter and I that Christmas lights were an American things and that deer families would not be found in Ontario.
Fortuitously, we drove through a large subdivision at that point. The houses were decked out in Christmas lights, I mean Clark Griswold style Christmas lights. We started playing a game I called "scream out deer family every time you see a deer family."
Fast forward to October 1, 2018. Jason is making a solo trip to Costco. We hadn't gone to Costco in three weeks because we have been crazy busy, and no one had any time for Costco trips. Jason was becoming more and more difficult to live with as his Costco withdrawals worsened, so I finally told him to take a half day off and go to Costco and rejuvenate himself.
Apparently Jason's Costco trip was truly revitalizing and food for his soul. He texted me from Costco, "the deer family is back." First of all let's give
Just in case you think Jason had a complete change of heart and ate his Christmas feast with the Whos in Whoville, this is what he posted on Facebook after purchasing the deer family:
1. It's October 1st.
2. It's 85 degrees outside. There is no hint of colour in any leaf on any tree.
3. The only thing it's going to do in our ten day forecast is get warmer. I'm seriously contemplating a swim in the redneck pool.
4. It makes me angr/y/ier and (even more) volatile when stores are two seasons ahead of the calendar.
5. I argued against the purchase of the lighted reindeer family last year because I thought the whole concept was *way too redneck*. And as anyone who knows me will readily attest when I say something is too redneck for my taste that is really saying something.
6. I think Christmas is seriously over-hyped and overly commercialized.
7. I've ranted at length on each and every one of these topics.
So, what did I do when I saw the reindeer family at Costco today? I texted Melissa who texted me back that I should purchase them immediately. So I bought them and shoved them in the trunk. And here we are. I own Christmas decorations that I bought voluntarily in late summer. Maybe I'll plug them in just to see if they light up."
Welcome home deer family!
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