This, obviously, is a clock and not a leg lamp. But in in our version of the movie "A Christmas Story," it is the leg lamp.
Unlike the leg lamp in "A Christmas Story," this clock was never a "major award." But it has been the source of much debate when it comes time to decorate for the holidays.
It comes down to this: Should it stay or should it go?
Leave it on the mantel, Mr. VS would say, arguing that it had to be there so we that would know what time it was, but ignoring the fact that it didn’t fit in with the rest of the holiday décor.
Move it, I would say, being a decorating purist and not wanting to work around it. So I would move the clock to somewhere else in the room, making everyone who was accustomed to it being on the mantel wonder until Jan. 3 just what time it really was.
And so it went, year after year, until Sunday night, when the clock, during the process of decorating the mantel, fell and hit the floor with a tremendous thud.
Fortunately, it didn’t shatter into a million pieces so Mr. VS didn’t have the satisfaction of telling me that I "had used up all the glue." Nor could he tell me that I had been jealous of the clock. In fact, I was the one who bought it several years ago.
About five minutes after the crash, it became apparent that the clock would have the final say in the matter and that we were destined to visit the repair shop.
But after more tinkering, Mr. VS had it fixed.
P.S. Did you know that "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is on Broadway, and that there's a leg lamp kickline in one of the songs? Sounds pretty cool to me.