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Dec. 26, 2011 1:55 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2011 10:54 am

It’s the 20th anniversary of the clown shoes! Well, twenty and some anyway. No one can remember when we started passing those bright yellow humongous plastic pieces of funny footwear around at Christmas. Someone, and there are arguments as to who actually bought those shoes originally, bought the bright yellow shoes to go with a Halloween costume that I inherited from my Dad and someone else in the family borrowed and so on and so forth. My FIL got the brilliant idea one year after everyone had quit wearing the costume to put the shoes in an old empty bread box (a cardboard box that a wooden bread box came in)and give it to one of the family for Christmas that year. Oh, the shocked expression upon the face of the first recipient of those shoes! The rest of us were down on the floor laughing our butts off! Thereafter they got put away until the next Christmas rolled around and everyone had forgotten the clown shoes and their bread box, and who had them last. They would get dug out of the attic, or garage, or basement, and wrapped and passed on to another family member. We got to where we could tell what it was just by the size and shape of that old bread box. So, some wily family member changed the box. One year my niece decided to paint the shoes like soccer shoes and gave them to one of my sons. That started a whole new game. They got decorated, they got painted. We did them one year in Jeff Gordon rainbow warrior colors and presented them to one of the uncles nicknamed ‘Gordo’ just because he wasn’t a Gordon fan. Well, it made sense to us! They have been stripped of color, paint, and stickers several times. They were pink one year to honor my SIL who battled and survived breast cancer. Of course, they had a big silver Q on the toes for  ‘Queenie’ , because that’s her nickname for herself, and they coordinated well with the tiara someone else included that year for her. Hubby and I got them back around a few years ago painted gold with ‘HIS’ and HERS’ labels painted on them. This year, as usual, no one could remember who had them last, but they ended up in the Santa Swap game we decided to do this year and my #2 Son got them. Painted in Maryland colors because my niece who now lives there had them last. My FIL died in 1991 and what a practical joker he was. I can still hear him laughing about those shoes!

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Dec. 26, 2011 2:03 pm
What a fun tradition! I hope those shoes last forever and that they never get lost in a move. :) I am sure that your FIL is smiling down - enjoying the whole scene.
Dec. 26, 2011 2:07 pm
Hope you had a great Christmas, Sassy!! What a cute and fun tradition!! Hilarious! Now, when you get them, will they replace your red shoes at Christmas??? Would make another great avatar!! My FIL used to have an ugly tie that was passed between the brothers, same box with the years recorded. Happy New Year!
Dec. 26, 2011 2:13 pm
My BIL's family(the one married to the one in the picture up there)used to pass around a black velvet Elvis painting LOL! I don't know if they still do that or not. There are 20+ depending on whether the girlfriends/boyfriends are there at the in-laws, so it takes awhile to get them sometimes.
Dec. 26, 2011 2:21 pm
Well that beats our funny socks! I love that you can customize them. Happy Holidays!
Dec. 26, 2011 2:32 pm
Too funny! Some friends of mine just shared their traditon with me this year... ugly christmas sweater ... everyone gifts the ugliest christmas sweater they can fiend to each other and they wear them at the family get together!
Dec. 26, 2011 2:34 pm
That's hilarious to hear other families have the same type of tradition! I never thought of it as a tradition till now. Love the wearin' o the sweaters Terry!
Dec. 26, 2011 3:00 pm
I absolutely love it! Too funny!
Dec. 26, 2011 5:12 pm
sassy, what a great tradition! i got the cooking-challenged wife some clown shoes this year...talk about rolling on the floor laughing our tails off! then i opened my present ...an accordian...wtf!! we had a blast laughing. isn't life grand!
Dec. 26, 2011 5:52 pm
gderrr! lol and rotflmbo!
Dec. 27, 2011 3:06 am
Love love love it, Sassy! That is a great story that will keep producing memories!!!
Dec. 27, 2011 6:56 am
What fun! I enjoyed reading your blog. I bet everyone hopes they are the next one to get the clown shoes!
Dec. 27, 2011 8:09 am
I just LOVE your family's tradition! That's what makes family gatherings so much fun. The best part is that your Father-In-Law started it. And, so he's remembered every year in a fun way. That's legacy. Awesome story mickdee, just awesome!
Dec. 27, 2011 10:35 am
I am totally digging on the different patterns & color schemes you all have had over the years - a lot of thought goes into those. Merry Christmas.
Dec. 27, 2011 12:38 pm
I love the clown shoes!! I was wondering if Gary was going to post - - hey Gary, Im waiting for your blog about the clown shoes you gave Claire!! - - - and I love the tiara - I think that should be passed on too - wouldn't son #2 look so "cute" in it!!. . LOL . . ok - - we have the "Beer Can Angel" - - at some little craft market, someone in our "get-together group" bought this angel that is made out of a beer can. Now it's particularly funny to us because we are all "teetotalers" - so every year when the group gets together for Christmas, the Beer Can Angel makes her visitation - and winds up on someone's tree. We never know who's tree she'll land on because the passing on of the coveted "Beer Can Angel" is a very "covert" operation. No one says anything - you don't know who has her - and it's usually not until after the holidays and you are untrimming the tree that you find she has come to roost at your house and you are now the keeper of the angel until the next Christmas season. Last year she was hid in my tree - - and now she's hiding . . . oh . .not going to tell!! You'll find her!!
Dec. 27, 2011 1:57 pm
What a great family tradition!! The DH's family has a lamp in the shape of a leg they pass around and they have been known to flamingo an unsuspecting yard or two.
Dec. 27, 2011 3:58 pm
It's so much fun hearing everyone's stories! The flamingo reference reminds me of the time some pink ones appeared in the next door neighbors yard.....then they migrated to our yard, all under the cover of darkness. Curious creatures!
Dec. 28, 2011 5:09 am
Sassy - I love this tradition! What a fun gift!
Dec. 28, 2011 1:20 pm
How fun! I love hearing about other families' Christmas traditions...especially the super fun ones :)
Dec. 28, 2011 2:31 pm
LOL! I know, those curious creatures, they just all showed up after a birthday party with his family.
Dec. 28, 2011 3:14 pm
Cat Hill, I think our resident flamingos are still resting in one of our sheds LOL. Although they may have flown away during a garage sale. I'll have to ask the hubby.
Dec. 29, 2011 6:30 am
Sassa-frass! That was HYSTERICAL! (albeit the part about Jeff Gordon - I AM a diehard FAN!) :D Oh the anticipation every year it must be to see who gets the dreaded shoes!!! LMAO! Excellent family fun idea chica!
Dec. 29, 2011 6:45 pm
sassy, I have two of these pass around gifts going on. I have been passing a troll doll around for over 20 years with a former co-worker. He still works where my husband does, so I can always figure out a way to get it to him when it's in my possession. The troll doll in the past has been run over by a car, written on with Magic Marker (it says U-G-L-Y), dressed up like an angel, given black evil eyes, and the hair has been singed. The other pass around is a HORRIBLE, CREEPY picture of a clown that my daughter gave me years ago. I love your stories about the clown shoes! Love your family's sense of humor!
Dec. 30, 2011 10:54 am
Git, I stand corrected by my hubby. BIL actually is a Gordon fan, but my family is not! And his middle name is Gordon, hence the 'Gordo'. Gah, hate it when the mind goes......
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