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Carol Perkins: Christmas officially has begun

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By Carol Perkins

Once upon a time, Christmas officially began (in my house) the day school was dismissed for vacation, usually around the 16th of December. Any tree put up before then was an oddity. Any tree put up now is "late." The reason for the wait was likely because most trees came straight from the woods and if up too long, dried out and might catch the house on fire. At least, that is what I was told.

With the onset of fake trees that try to look real, we can now enjoy the beauty of the lights and the decorations longer. We don't get "burned out" because we're not home long enough to look at its beauty and relax.

Finding time to decorate the tree for busy young families is difficult. Ballgames, practices, extra activities, dance, church meetings, visiting Grandma (maybe), and grabbing food on the run is a way of life. How often is the family together long enough to have one of those Hallmark moments around a tree? I would like to think that occurs, but I suspect it doesn't.

I have eased into decorating.

A few things on the mantle before Thanksgiving. A tablecloth of red and green on the dining room table. A trip to a few open houses where I found decorations I didn't need but wanted. A few new cloth reindeer and trees were too cute to ignore, even though the reindeer were taller than the trees. I may have to make them taller by putting books under them and then covering the books; we have our tricks.

By the time Guy brings the tree from the basement, much of the decorating will be done and he likely wouldn't have noticed. The one thing I brought to his attention was a creation put together from my Dollar Tree finds.

"How do you like this?" I asked.

He replied, "Looks kinda cheap." Yes, "you get what you pay for" being his motto.

I happened to think it looked classy.

By the time you read this twinkle lights will be glowing and hearts will be knowing that Christmas is in the air!

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