Every year, my mother-in-law and her sister choose a theme for Christmas dinner at Grandma’s house. And they truly deck out her halls with plenty of twinkling lights and handmade decorations. One year it was penguins made with small terra cotta pots, another year it was a family tree (using a real tree, people! A Real. Tree.), and this year it was… squirrels.
Now, squirrels may seem like a strange theme for a Christmas dinner, but here’s a little background…
Poor Grandma’s house is constantly under attack from some ruthless squirrels in her neighborhood. It started off with the usual take-one-bite-from-her-tomatoes-and-leave-the-rest, but has escalated to an absolutely crazy level. These nutty squirrels have chewed through her metal fence ties, and even through her cable lines! So there was really no other choice for this year’s Christmas dinner theme!
There were a total of 19 stuffed squirrels playing a variety of characters. There were plenty depicting holiday traditions, from cutting down a Christmas tree,
to hanging those twinkling lights,
to the Jolly Old Elf himself (and that most noticeable of reindeer).
The scenes also included seasonally appropriate activities, like ice fishing,
And some hi-jinks involving blocks of ice:
A few squirrels were depicting memorable movie scenes, like this family favorite from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,
and even a Mission: Impossible inspired scene:
Of course, they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to catch a squirrel in action, chewing through a wire:
There were several more, including the angel atop Grandma’s tree, and a NYE-themed squirrel sporting a sparkly cocktail dress and a bottle of champagne, but we forgot to take pictures of them all.
We had a great time discovering all of the squirrel scenes! Does your family have any fun traditions, or had any similar run-ins with ruthless squirrels?