On Christmas Day 2011, I had myself quite an unusual holiday.
It had been quite a stressful December thus far, and my family and I had spent Christmas Eve driving around, belatedly looking for gifts for our assorted aunts, uncles and cousins (it's important to note that we are a family of procrastinators). Anyway, with so much left to do and very little time in which to do it, we collectively decided to skip Christmas dinner that year, and instead pulled into the nearest fast food joint.
And that's how I ended up having a bucket of fried chicken for Christmas that year.
Recount that story to any one of my friends and they usually describe it as "majorly depressing", but I think that KFC and Christmas isn't as incongruous as we like to believe. Given enough of a chance, fried chicken could become as much a Christmas staple as gift-giving, carol-singing or eggnog-drinking, and maybe these fried chicken decorations from KFC are the start of that.
We've talked many, many times about KFC, and the insane change their marketing department has undergone over the past 12 months or so. Suddenly, no longer content with staying on the periphery of fast food advertizing, their offerings have exploded, and nobody is more excited about that than me.
They've done some pretty weird stuff have KFC, so these Christmas decorations probably aren't that shocking when you look at the bigger picture. All the same, when you wake up on Christmas morning, wouldn't it be nice to run downstairs to the tree and gaze upon the glorious visage of Colonel Sanders?
Yes, yes it would. The founder and veritable face of the company is just one of five Christmas tree decorations available in this box, with the most passionate of fried chicken lover also able to adorn a box of fries, a bucket of fried chicken, a chicken wing and a chicken drumstick for the most festive of fried chicken holidays.
We're pretty excited, but seemingly just as excited is KFC's Marketing Director Clark Wilson, who is probably having as fun a time as anyone this 2017. In a statement, he gave us a little introduction to the decorations, and I for one can't wait.
"We're now making Christmas wishes come true for fans with this exclusive range of #KFChristmas decoration. Forget the mistletoe this year - these naughty and nice decorations are sure to make the magic happen."
How exactly, then, do you get the best Christmas decorations of all time? Sadly, this is a promotion from KFC in New Zealand, so will only be available in stores in Wellington, Auckland and beyond. Apart from that, it appears that the only other way to get them without flying to New Zealand is to try and win a box through their Facebook page.
So, there you have it folks. The greatest Christmas decorations of all time are out there, but unfortunately, it's going to be next to impossible to pick one up. Who knows, though? Maybe you'll be the recipient of a Christmas miracle.