Murdo Girl…Another Christmas story..for real

I was going through my week with a reasonable amount of serenity. I wasn’t going to put up Christmas decorations this year because we didn’t get home from our trip until after Thanksgiving and the very next day, I was already behind. Our daughter is having Christmas Eve at her house, so mine really doesn’t have to be decorated.

Then I went to my friend Pat’s house. She already had her 13 plus Christmas trees up and her whole house decorated. I helped her with the yard for about 15 minutes. I didn’t ask her, but I’m sure she has all of her shopping done too. This morning at church, she told me she was still decorating. “For heaven sake what?” I asked. “Are you decorating your decorations?”

“No,” she said. “There are still a few things in the house that don’t have a bow or something on them.” She has a wonderful house to accommodate all of the decorations, and her creativity is amazing. She made a beautiful winter scene out of the styrofoam that was in the box their new television set came in. I’m not kidding. I never would have guessed. Her decorating is never overdone. It’s always beautiful. It’s a place people like to go just to look at everything and be instantly transformed from whining about having so much to do, to thinking, “How in God’s creation does she do all this? I should be able to put up one little tree!”

My  son and granddaughters at Pat and Jerry’s house last year

Pat’s husband Jerry helps haul the crates to the house and back again when everything gets packed away in mid January. I’m always surprised when I go to their house and Jerry doesn’t at least have a bow on his head and a candy cane in his mouth, but so far he’s escaped.. Quite frankly, he’s starting to look a little out-of-place.

Where was I going with all of this? It’s not what I had intended to write about. Oh yes… I decided after seeing Pat and Jerry’s house, I would at least put the tree up, so I did that last night. I looked around the house this morning, and it looked really pitiful with just the tree, so I decided to put my nutcracker collection out. I always put them on top of the kitchen cabinets, which means I have to take everything already up there down, and dust the shelves. (I really only do this because Kip is usually watching football in the living room and he can see me. I want to show him that I do dust.) I really hate dusting.

I was in the middle of all that when I checked my email, which told me I had a message from a Murdo Girl reader. The message included a picture. She said she found my perfect Christmas hat at Walmart. You guessed it. It was a Santa hat with a crown.


So here’s what I did. I dropped everything and drove to my Walmart. I looked all over that store. I searched through everything and I found lots of hats, so of course I had to look at every one of the 100 or so choices looking for…The one with the crown…I left hat and crown-less. When I left home, I told Kip I just had to have that hat. I told him it would probably only cost what? $6.00 tops? Don’t tell him this, but I would have paid at least $30.00 if I could have found it. Did I go home? No..I went to Family Dollar, Dollar Gentril, (as my friend Laura calls it), and Goodwill. No one had a Santa hat with a crown on it.

Thanks Pat and Kerri. I almost had a stress free Christmas. You two set the bar way too high. I’m only halfway through dusting and putting up nutcrackers, and I could have probably found several gifts in the time it took me to search for the crown hat.

But, all is not lost. I got really creative like my friend Pat. I’m exactly where I always am this time of year…Loonier than a Looney Tune.

Give me a little break. I left my real crown locked up in the RV and I forgot to buy a TV at Walmart to get some styrofoam.

BTW..Kip decided he’s going to put up just one of his outside decorations…Buahaha!

10 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Another Christmas story..for real

  1. sanjuan831 December 4, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Scoper – too funny about what grandpa Waldron called K-Mart. My Mom called Mervyn’s “Merwins”. My son called McDonald’s- “Dick Donald’s”.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch December 4, 2016 / 11:12 pm

      Mom said Merwyns too and twin bushes for the doubletree. I got some new pics from Gus. I will be using them soon. I miss you cuz..

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  2. sanjuan831 December 4, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    It’s all good. I like Judy ‘s idea of the crown on the Santa Hat. No, it seems easy commenting in the right box. /// I don’t decorate like I used to. MG– Don’t stress. I remind myself that after you decorate for Christmas, you have to undecorate and put it all away again, which isn’t fun. (Does your friend decorate the dog also!)

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    • Mary Francis McNinch December 4, 2016 / 11:06 pm

      I like the idea of the crown on the hat too. I guess I’ll get the RV unlocked tomorrow and try to find it. Wish me luck MEEERY CHRISTMAS!!


    • Mary Francis McNinch December 4, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      She doesn’t decorate Irene and Ben, but they can sing all 3 choruses of several songs. BTW, you know Pat and Jerry

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  3. Mary Francis McNinch December 4, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    Judy..Patti and Billy both tell me their comments aren’t showing up. I am tech dysfunctional and have not contacted WP. I will try to call and get some help tomorrow. Thanks for confirming I need to do that.


  4. lifelessons December 4, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Just buy a regular santa hat and put your crown on the front of it. You can even sew it on if it won’t stay put. I love your line about Pat’s husband starting to look like he doesn’t fit. Ha. (And for about the twentieth time, I put my comment in the search box. Can’t you move them further apart? I do this every time. In lieu of that I could try to remember to check which box I’m putting it in, but that hasn’t seemed to work so far. Am I the only one who has this problem?

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  5. scoper07 December 4, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    You are funny Murdo Girl! We all learned to improvise in Murdo because we didn’t have the big city stores. You did a great job improvising.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch December 4, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      Yes we did! I remember the first time I went to Kmart in Rapid. I was overwhelmed! Good to hear from you 07!

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      • scoper07 December 4, 2016 / 8:58 pm

        My grandpa Waldron always called Kmart Kmarx. Happy dusting.

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