As I perused the Internet looking for info for this article, I happened upon various how~to videos where one could skin, gut and do other unappetizing things to create a deer head wall mount and prepare a deer for consumption. I've only eaten venison once, and I was tricked into thinking it was stew beef. Not nice!
Anyway, I saw this video from a proud owner of a cool Christmas wreath plus the . . . er . . . trimmings (you'll see). Seeing it reminded me of a very similar decoration I witnessed (that's a strong word, witness, but you'll fully understand when I explain).
I live in a large city in North Carolina, which butts up to a small "blink~and~you~miss~it" town. It was about noon but the tiny bar was is full swing with happy spirits ~ both people and brew. The parking lot had its usual denizens: cars with multi~colored bumpers and other replacement parts and the well~worn pickup trucks with equally tired tires of different tread.
Then I saw it.
It was a Christmas ornament like none other. There on the grill of the farm pickup was a giant wreath with obvious battery~operated blinking holiday lights of different colors, and I caught a glimpse of some red and blue ones, made distinct by the foreboding clouds. It was adorned at top by a tattered red bow that I think was the velvety kind.
That was just the backdrop.
For there in the center of said wreath was a huge (drum roll) deer stag (?) head with what seemed to be a seven point rack! On a pick up truck's grill!
Can anybody say, "I love duct tape?"
This thing was huge. I wish I'd had a camera handy back then. Can you imagine looking in your rear view mirror and seeing Rudolph ~ sans the red nose ~ in your eyes? I imagine the happy spirit in the bar was not afraid of standing out in traffic.
I sure hoped he was friends with the sheriff.