The story: Molly and I were driving home one night and we saw people decorating their house for Christmas. A man was stringing lights in the bushes and another was in an upstairs window, trying to shove an inflated Santa out a second story window.
The novelist in me said, "Looks like Santa's got some bad debt."
Molly delivered the punchline: "I can pay you in cookies on the 26th, man. I promise."
It made me laugh. I hope it made you laugh, too.