Anyone familiar with my Christmas Tree Rules will recall that I usually purchase my Hallmark decorations early, with the 2016 purchase occurring in August. This year I set a new record and made my first purchases for the 2017 tree in January.
In my defence I needed the two Garfileds to complete a set I had started years ago (okay, so it wasn’t really a set just a single Garfield — but NOW it’s a set.)
See how happy my original ‘tree’ Garfield is to be reunited with his alter egos?
In August I checked out the Hallmark decorations in Target but didn’t fancy any — well none that complied with the rules anyway.
So with a little help from Grant and my credit card I completed the 2017 additions online.
2017 online additions
Grant gifted me Eeyore and the Grouch (because I’m grouchy) while the forces-of-gravity worked their magic on my credit card to ensure the Stormtrooper and Papa Smurf also arrived in my mail box.
2017 Christmas Tree
I’m offering up a whole tree pic as proof of life for the odd-looking Santa climbing the Eiffel Tower and the rule breaching skiing moose — but given they are hidden right at the very back in their usual place, I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it!
The original Christmas Tree post explaining the “rules”
2016 Christmas Tree Additions
In my first post about my Christmas Tree, I mentioned that I had learnt to purchase the Hallmark decorations in September or early October to avoid missing out.
This year, Grant added Buzz Lightyear to my collection as an early Christmas present. My present arrived ridiculously early. In August. August 3rd to be precise. Which is fortunate, because by the beginning of the September, I was struggling to find ANY Hallmark decorations left in Target.
Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story
Last year when writing my blog post, I noticed that The Grinch was somewhat absent from the tree. So I fixed that this year, with not one but two Grinch decorations.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
But that’s not where my happy-forces-of-gravity shopping ended. I felt the need to keep the Weeping Angel in check, so I also added a TARDIS.
Which rounds out the tree quite nicely – until next year’s Hallmark decorations are released of course …
Christmas Tree 2016
And in case you’re wondering, yes the odd-looking Santa climbing the Eiffel Tower is still hidden at the back, along with the skiing moose!
Despite another year of shenanigans and mayhem, Pepsi Parsons remains hopeful this Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve 2015