My favourite Christmas chaos moment would have to be the Christmas my parents came for a big festive lunch. I need to give you a little of the history behind the event for you to appreciate its’ full value.

Years ago when I was a kid my family would go on road trips and holidays. This would consist of my little brother and I in the back, Mum in the front and Dad in the “drivers” seat. Whenever Dad seemed to drive erratically (in my Mum and my eyes!) Mum and I would see “funny tree”. You see Dad is an aggressive driver and often on long journeys, when Dad was driving this way, Mum and I would have a private joke and one of us would say “Look there’s one of those trees!”, which meant Dad was driving badly!

This all started over 25 years ago. Whenever we’d say it Dad would say “Where? I don’t know why I can’t see these “bloody” trees!” which sent Mum and I into hysterics! He grew more frustrated as the years went by and he still couldn’t spot the funny short, “African” looking tree Mum and myself “saw”!

Every time we would do it, it became funnier and funnier and we would laugh our heads off!

These days I am married and when Mum and Dad come to visit for Christmas last year I asked her if she saw any of those “funny trees” and she responded yes! We laugh every time until our sides hurt and Dad says we are both nuts! Well, I stupidly said “Oh yes those trees are everywhere even around here!” To which my father replied can you show me one?” I told him I sure could and the next thing I knew he has dragged us all outside to look for these trees!

We walked a few blocks with Dad demanding to see one and I told him we were close, then I said “Oh, no it looks like they have cut it down it was in the backyard of that place!!”. I looked over at Mum who was trying not to laugh. Dad was totally frustrated having not seen one of these trees still and he wasn’t in a great mood when I served up BURNT turkey lunch either. I had totally forgotten about the oven and smoke was pouring out the oven when we returned!

These moments are the happiest, funniest moment I have had with my Dad but if he ever finds out it has been a joke for over 25 years this post may well become the “worst”! Ha, ha!!!!

Posted by rachkap, 16th January 2014

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