Setting: Sitting at the breakfast table with our daughters and Hubs' Mom this weekend. Discussing Halloween.
Hubs' Mom: I haven't put up my Halloween decorations in a few years now that I think about it.
Me: (sidelong glance at Hubs) Yes, well...I'm not allowed to put up decorations at our house.
Hubs' Mom: (eyebrows raise) Really? Why not?
Me: Because Hubs doesn't allow decorations. He thinks they're tacky and ridiculous.
Hubs: (shrugging shoulders) Well? What do you expect me to say? They are tacky.
Me: Yeah, okay, I understand Halloween decor is pretty dumb. But forget Halloween. You won't even let me buy cute CHRISTMAS decorations. And I don't even want the crazy stuff. It isn't like I want a gigantic nativity scene!
Me: (turning to Hubs' Mom) All I really want is a cool wreath to put on the door.
Hubs: (chewing thoughtfully) Christmas wreaths are a gateway decoration.
Hubs: (nodding heavily as he realizes the validity of his claim) Yeah, a gateway decoration. It starts with a wreath, but then, next thing you know, you say, "OOH! I need to get these matching yard snowmen to go with them!"
Me: HA! I don't even LIKE yard snowmen.