Monday, December 13, 2010

From Babies to Grandbabies, Christmas Decorating Is Never The Same

Contributed by Vickie Tyson

In our home, decorating for Christmas has seen some interesting traditions develop and change through the years. At least decorations these days are more user-friendly for children to handle. When I was a child, ornaments were made of glass or very thin materials making them very fragile and easily broken not to mention the tinsel or ice cycles as some people call them which were single strands of very light weight aluminum foil. And we definitely didnt have tv from to watch while decorating. I remember adults in our neighborhood took great pride in making sure each strand hung perfectly even.

The first Christmas after my husband and I were married, we spotted a very attractive artificial tree while we were gift shopping. The tree that ended up coming home with us was 8ft tall which was the tallest you could get in the mid 1960s and cost a whopping $10. Little did we realize that when we placed it in our living quarters which was a room measuring 20'x20' with a 20' ceiling even when the tree was placed on a table about 4 feet off the floor it still looked like a poor little 'Charlie Brown' reject!

We have used lots of decorations some made by our children and others adopted for various reasons over the years but when the grandchildren began joining the family, lots of decorations have taken a back seat again.

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