Tis the season for eating deep fried corn dogs, trying to win enormous stuffed animals, and praying that carnies know what they’re doing as they lock me into a death trap. Good times.

I have a special place in my heart for carnivals. I’m from small town Texas where we would get a day off from school to go the county fair. If you showed livestock, you got the whole week off! I’m country af y’all.

A carnival came to Austin recently, and I couldn’t resist dolling up for some holiday photos in front of its candy colored attractions. And I got a corn dog! I don’t think baby Jesus would mind.