Smoking at McDonald’s (a holiday story)

It’s a little beat up, but this is my favorite Christmas tree ornament.

I love this for so many reasons. And my reasons have changed over the years.

As a child, I loved it because of how fancy I felt in that Winnie-the-Pooh dress.

As a teenager… ah, who am I kidding, all I cared about was eyeliner and boys as a teenager…

But now, it makes my heart roll on the floor laughing. (there really should be an emoji for this, don’t you think?)

Because it’s made out of a McDonald’s ashtray.

Yes, you read that correctly.

A disposable, aluminum McDonald’s ASHTRAY.

Can you imagine?

My parents were given a list (by a teacher, no less) of supplies for this craft project. And the main item was a McDonald’s ashtray?!

My brain is exploding. So much has changed. But the holiday joy is the same, year after year

However you choose to celebrate, I wish you moments like this to bring joy and delight to your holiday season. 

Mary Cravets

Founder Mary Cravets started Simply Get Clients because she saw small business owners complicating growing their businesses. Or falling victim to the "build it and they will come" myth. So she developed the simple structure to cut through all the noise of social media, "experts", online funnels, advertising and more to focus on the central problem of business owners: getting more clients. And you know what? There is NOT a one-size-fits-all solution.

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  1. Diana Dibble says

    This is so awesome at so many different levels. And the fact that it’s in such good condition makes me think “they don’t make things like they used to.”

    Happy holidays. And may 2023 exceed all of your positive expectations!

  2. Jenifer Narragon says

    So classic! I remember my grandma picking us up and lighting up 🚬every time we shut the door and headed to her house…
    That first puff smelled so good to me 🤭
    Oh the good ol’ days😆

  3. Russell Doi says

    What a smokin’ ornament! Thanks for the throwback to days past. You probably didn’t wear a seatbelt going to McDonalds to pick up that item. Maybe the car was a station wagon with faux wood panels on the sides too. Or maybe that was during my day. Ha ha!