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The Christmas Spirit Hit!

November 23, 2008

I think it was the raw and biting winds that pushed us over the edge on Saturday.  Before I knew what was happening James was bringing the boxes up from downstairs.  He had been planning and waiting for the day after Thanksgiving, our traditional Christmas decorating day, to create his ideas.  But the excitement was too much.  In fact, all through the year I heard him planning and thinking about the decorations for this Holiday.  So within a few hours on Saturday night things were already looking festive in every room.   On Sunday after “Face The Nation” and “Meet The Press” (some time frames MUST be observed) the tree started to go up.  We trimmed the tree with the lights (600 light bulbs) and then over 600 ornaments, 570 of them are not duplicates. 

Every year our tree reflects Christmas and the memories that made past years so special.

In 2002 James’ family flew in from Maine and stayed at our old home. One evening we took the plain glass ornaments I had from over the years and painted memories of our favorites things about Christmas on each of them.  Needless to say much of the tree is very traditional and old-fashioned here, and I love that feel. 

The photo below shows an ornament from the 1930’s that came from the family of our friend Henry.  Henry’s uncles worked at an aluminum foil company in Pennsylvania, and these were stamped out at work, and then their wives sewed them into garlands.  The family gave us these for the tree last year.  The red bird to the right is from my Aunt Theresa when I was a teenager.


My nephew Trevor made the the red cross shaped ornament and gave it to me one year when he was probably 4 or 5 years old, about 30 years ago.


There are countless such memories that make the tree unique, and needless to say, priceless.


  1. mary permalink
    December 12, 2008 7:01 PM

    my kind of tree
    a memory tree

    i have the same kind

    hugs to all

  2. ferrellgummitt permalink
    November 24, 2008 2:41 PM

    Don’t you guys also watch Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace?

  3. Marion permalink
    November 24, 2008 1:15 PM

    I seem to recognize quite a few ornaments on your tree. many were from my Aunts tree in Bangor. they are so old and I remember as a child seeing them on her tree. she gave me many when she moves to Fla for the winters

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