amy merrickliving in

living in: a christmas story

by amym

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Confession- I haven’t been quite in the holiday mood lately. Unsent Christmas cards are piled up on my kitchen table. No wreath hangs on my front door. So to snap out of it I curled up under a big quilt and had myself a private viewing of A Christmas Story. Suddenly, I find myself humming carols and craving “grown up” egg nog. Coincidence? No.

[image above, clockwise from top left: hat $19.50,multicolored lights $24, dial soap $1.09, leg lamp $199, buffalo plaid scarf $8.99, candy canes $2.99, tin cars $15.99+, Daisy Red Ryder BB gun $36, vintage crepe paper santa $7.95, composition notebook $1, paper targets $3.25, emerson glasses]

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As a kid, the Merrick family never watched A Christmas Story. My mom pulled for “White Christmas” and my dad for “A Miracle on 34th Street”, both wonderful, both classics, but both lacking that kitschy Norman Rockwell Christmas spirit that I’ve grown so fond of. Tin ornaments and old school colored lights make every holiday cozier. Plus nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a fishnet leg lamp and a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. Be careful though, you’ll shoot your eye out. –amy m.

[image above, clockwise from top left: santa ornaments $26,pickle ornament $10, bottle brush ornaments $22, tin top $5.99, clip on candle $8, tabletop tree $69, radio flyer $129, bunny slippers $27, tin fire truck $15]

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