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Carol Perkins: Red or Gold

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By Carol Perkins

Guy and I have the same conversation every year during Thanksgiving week.

"We never put Christmas decorations up this early," he declares.

I counter, "We put them up Thanksgiving weekend every year. You've just forgotten."

He replies, "I don't forget anything."

I wish he remembered less because I can't trick him. He remembers the days when the tree went up on Carla's birthday, December 16. It usually coincided with the last day of school before vacation, and he wants to continue THAT tradition.

"We haven't done that for years." I am right on this one.

Finally amendable to my view, and seeing me lugging decorations from the basement with the effort of a person on oxygen, he surrenders.

We have had this same discussion for at least ten years.

Decorations go up early for several reasons: none of us are home long enough to enjoy them if we don't put them up early. Another reason may be that we over-decorate, and doing so takes more time than it did when the decorations comprised a tree and a wreath, which took very little time once the tree was cut. Also, Christmas decorations give our homes a cozy feel. Who doesn't like cozy?

I was in a Bowling Green store known for enough decorations to do the city and was looking at the figures (not the blow-ups) when a lady beside me said, "I don't need any of this."

I smiled, "Neither do I, but need isn't on the table at Christmas."

She left with her stash, and I came home with two Santa chickens. I'm not too fond of chickens, but these were so cute. I also found a flocked pencil tree I couldn't live without, and one Guy vowed we had exactly like in the basement. We didn't.

"What color decorations you are using on the tree?"

Last year I went with gold. "Just like last year."

He said, "But red is Christmas." Never mind that the entire breakfast area is red.

"You can hang out in the kitchen," I suggested. The only problem is that the TV with his Hallmark movies is in the "gold tree room."

No matter what I decide, he helps with the lifting and hauling from the basement, and after the last piece of ham is eaten, he takes it all down and back to the basement on a day when I'm not at home.

Now that I'm feeling guilty, maybe I'll go with red.

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