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My husband…Clark Griswold

on December 11, 2012


Earlier in September, I wrote a blog titled “Traveling with teenagers – tips on how to survive”.
When writing that blog post, I mentioned that I should probably start referring to my husband as Clark Griswold, as he has a passion for large Christmas trees. Now, when I say large, I mean gigantic. We scour the field, up and down, looking for the largest possible tree that will fit in the sunroom – where the ceiling is 12 feet high at the peak. Once we get home he usually has to trim the bottom of tree by a few feet as he always thinks that “the tree will fit”.


As my husband is the family joker, I must admit, being able to occasionally poke fun at him is a little tempting. At Christmas time, it’s all too easy to call him Clark and discuss his “issue” when it comes to the size of our family Christmas tree. But, I have to admit, the last 5 years with my “Clark” have been pretty amazing. He brings the Christmas spirit into the house and all of us love waking up Christmas morning to our spectacular tree decorated with homemade ornaments and special angels from Nana.

This weekend, we will be heading out to pick out this year’s Christmas tree. The difficulty is always, “how do we fit this on top of the van?” and then we hope and pray that it stays there until we pull into the driveway. We have had times where we have had to keep the windows open and hang onto the rope so that it doesn’t slip off!

I have included some enjoyable links to the famous National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie for your viewing pleasure!

2 responses to “My husband…Clark Griswold

  1. Marilyn says:

    Merry Christmas Deb to you and the family. This made me smile! Say hi to Clark from me.

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