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In Hog Heaven with Holiday Decorations

It's the day before Thanksgiving, and this year, we're decorating a bit early for the holidays. We've got three parties scheduled this weekend and a busy calendar come December. So, if the Christmas decorations don't go up now, they won't go up at all! Being traditionalists, Pascal and I buy real trees (typically a 10-footer for our great room where we host parties). That's a lot of branches to spruce up, but we've got more than enough decorations to handle the task.

Since our wedding, it has been our tradition to buy at least one Christmas decoration in each new place we visit. This year, we traveled to Buffalo for my brother's wedding and then on to Quebec City for a mini-vacation. While in Buffalo, we shopped at Vidler's Five and Dime in East Aurora, New York. This old-fashioned American "variety" store was stocked with all sorts of interesting treasures, including this Sweet Potato Pig, one of the new additions to our collection of Christmas decorations. Since Pascal loves pigs and I'm a sweet-potato-eatin'-Southern girl, this little guy was an obvious choice. While paying for our pig, I asked Pascal once again, where he thinks his love for pigs (and pork products) comes from. "I don’t know", he replied, "they're just cool." Pressed further, it seems that he shares the same philosophy as Sir Winston Churchill, who once said: "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

In Quebec, we opted for a different animal ornament to add to our holiday menagerie - a pair of cartoon-ish frogs wearing hats and scarves. One is holding a Canadian flag; the other a sign that says: "Québec". After that purchase, my pig-loving French frog deemed our ornament shopping complete. At least until our next trip... 



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