|Image by M. Gustafson Gervasi, 2015|
It was not all work, there was a bit of play, decorating inside and out. Not too much, using items we've collected over the years and a few I inherited when my mom died in 2014, leaving me with the ranch home of my youth to clear out. Proudly displayed out front is a classic light-up Santa, circa 1980. Dated and tacky, yes, most likely. Yet we are squeezing every ounce of life out of its plastic nature, and keeping just a touch of my childhood, and my parents, alive for another season. Ho ho ho, have a frugal holiday!