DARQ (shouting): Happy Turkey Day!
CATHERINE: It’s not a happy day for turkeys.
DARQ: Yeah, I know, but ‘TIZ THE SEASON!
CATHERINE: Oh, please, not you too.
DARQ: Me too what?
CATHERINE: I really hate the commercialization of Christmas. Did you not notice that the Black Friday sales began last Sunday, five days before Thanksgiving? Why just a couple hours ago, the TV station I was watching ran a “Happy Holidays” blurb to its viewers.
DARQ: Speaking of Christmas, I need your help.
CATHERINE: For what?
DARQ: The guys–
CATHERINE: As in the Men In Black who are now pigging out on your pumpkin pies, all twenty four of them?
DARQ: Yes, and they are OUR pies. I cleaned the pumpkins, you made the pies–
CATHERINE: So, you want me to help you bake more pies, like for the MIB’s Christmas party?
DARQ: No. The party’s being catered.
CATHERINE (letting out a sigh of profound relief): That’s good. So, what kind of help do you need?
DARQ: I need an ugly Christmas sweater.
CATHERINE (looking astonished): Why would you want an ugly Christmas sweater? There are plenty of lovely ones–
DARQ: It’s a contest. Well, actually, anyone who attends the party has to wear the ugliest Christmas sweater they own or can buy or can make. It’s a themed party–the “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.”
CATHERINE: So, go online or go shopping and buy yourself an ugly Christmas sweater.
DARQ: If it’s in a store, it’s likely more than one person will be wearing the same sweater. I want something unique. You knit. Could you knit me sweater?
CATHERINE: I could if you can wait until next Christmas for me to finish it. I’m a slow knitter.
DARQ (looking crestfallen):
CATHERINE (speaking before she can stop herself): But I can crochet a lot faster. I guess I can crochet one for you in a couple of weeks. When’s the party?
DARQ (grins): Sunday afternoon, Dec. 14 at HQ. Can you have the sweater ready by then?
CATHERINE: More than likely. Com’mon, let’s go to my sewing room and raid the yarn bin, and see what color combo we can piece together for this ugly sweater of yours.
*****Stop back December 14 to see Darq’s ugly Christmas Sweater.
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