Readers of this blog may find it hard to believe, but I don’t go around looking for faces. They just jump out at me.

When you have pareidolia, like I do, you can’t always help seeing faces in places they’re not supposed to be. And, often, once I see a face, I can’t unsee it.

That’s what happened when my neighbour put up a wooden manger scene on her lawn last holiday season.

Maybe it’s because my brain was still in Halloween-mode, or maybe it’s because at first, I couldn’t make out what the shape actually was – all I could see was a hungry monster sneaking up on a poor unsuspecting shepherd.

And now that’s all you’ll be able to see, too!

Wooden cut-out of two palm trees joined at the top, behind a shepherd, lit by a green spotlight, as part of a manger scene. The palm trees have been doodled with two dragon eyes, angry eyebrows and arms reaching for the shepherd, to make it look more like a monster reaching for him. Speech bubbles say, "Shepherds are so addictive, I can't stop eating them." and "I just keep coming back for myrrh."

(P.S. In case you’re now having trouble figuring out what the “monster” is: it’s two palm trees and some bushes.)


Housing Crisis

Knock, knock!

Who’s there?


-Holly who?

Holiday season has begun!

Shed with triangular windows that look like angry eyes. Angry eyebrows and a straight line mouth have been doodled in. Speech bubble says, "Holiday jokes in November? Really?"

Aw, come on. It’s December tomorrow! The stores have had Christmas stuff up since Halloween! You should be happy I waited this long!

What’s the matter, are you Claustrophobic? Do I need to nurse you back to elf?

House with a double window that looks like eyes over another window that looks like a gaping mouth. Upset eyebrows and hands covering imaginary ears have been doodled in. Speech bubble says, "La la la! I can't hear you!"

Now you’re just being rude-olph. What’s the big deal? Did you get needled by Christmas trees?

House decorated with two large round ornaments that look like eyes over a wreath that looks like a gaping mouth. Angry eyebrows have been doodled in. Speech bubble says, "Maybe some of us don't like who we become during the holiday season."

Point taken.

But I can’t stop. I just can’t help myself when it comes to the holidays. I’m too santamental.