Now that it appears the Twinkie will get a bit of a reprieve (apparently, the judge ordered some sort of negotiation discussions between Hostess and the unions, so I believe Hostess may live another day), my sister is back to her Halloween/Christmas (and, yes, even Thanksgiving) struggle.
Last week, I asked Catherine (my incredible sister, to whom this whole blog is dedicated) to bring me a couple of photos of past Halloweens so I could incorporate them into my own creative, blog-making process. I wish all my readers could have been there when she brought the flash drive of photos from Halloweens past… It’s like being transplanted into another world. And to see her eyes light up as she describes every single photo… – words actually escape me…. (and, trust me, that’s a real rarity!)
After going through the whole lot of photos, one stood out as obvious. The photo below shows that the Christmas/Halloween (and now that I’ve seen it), even Thanksgiving, signal-crossing dilemma has plagued my sister for – apparently – years now. Look at the photo closely.
First, the “mummy hag” in the middle bed is the very first Halloween prop Catherine ever bought. Ever. Amazing, actually; she’s the one who started it all!
Second, the whole scene is grotesque. This was set up as a “hospital room” in one of her haunted houses. Obviously, the patients didn’t fare too well here.
Most importantly, if you really look closely, you’ll see that the finials (the balls on the tops of each bedpost) are actually…. you guessed it….. Christmas decorations! Balls that actually hang from her tree as it stands in her house today (beautifully decorated for the office Christmas party for 150 people, which is 10 days from now!). Not only that, if you really look carefully, you’ll see that the backdrop – the wine-colored curtains in the background – are actually the Christmas curtains that Catherine hangs is her house at Christmastime!
And the bedcovers that envelop the two corpses on the outer two beds are actually Thanksgiving tablecloths! Ha! I’ll bet that whenever the entire family was eating turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry dressing last week, they didn’t realize they were eating off the warming blankets of the dead from a few years ago!
So, there you have it. Halloween that incorporates Christmas, and even Thanksgiving of years past….. all in one shot. Hopefully, when the guests come to the Christmas party next Saturday, they won’t see the gore behind the “Christmas decorations.” And with Thanksgiving and the office Christmas party behind us next week, we can all focus on what’s truly important – Halloween 2013!