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I Made it!

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Christmas Tree Story #12: Epilogue

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Christmas Tree Story #12: Epilogue
There she stands at 10 feet tall. She has 1,200 lights and over 1,100 ornaments (at last count) and rising each year. We typically decorate the week of Thanksgiving. It only takes about an hour to put the tree up; but it takes a full day to get it decorated. We actually have three Christmas trees in the house. The other two are much smaller and don’t take near the time. I add between 20-25 ornaments each year. There are still branches without ornaments, so all is good.
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Christmas Tree Story #11: The Wrapper

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Christmas Tree Story #11: The Wrapper
A Christmas Tree is nothing without pretty packages being placed underneath. One of the most enjoyable parts of Christmas (other than decorating the tree) is wrapping presents. My father retired disabled from military service after 22 years when I was 9 years old. Mom didn’t work outside the home except during the Christmas season. She took a job as a professional gift wrapper at Hemphill-Wells department store in San Angelo at the corner of Beauregard Avenue and Irving Street (today it’s a li...
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Christmas Tree Story #10: Christmas Eve Gift

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Christmas Tree Story #10: Christmas Eve Gift
I said it. “Christmas Eve Gift”. If I’m the first person to say it, then you are obligated to provide me with a single gift from underneath the Christmas Tree. A gift that you choose of course. Those are the rules. I’m wondering how many of you knew that rule. If not, then you didn’t grow up in my family! I’m not quite sure where the rule came from, but we observed it every year. Most of the time it was my mom that was first. She was a real early bird on Christmas Eve.
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Christmas Tree Story #9: The Music is You

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Christmas Tree Story #9: The Music is You
“Music makes pictures and often tells stories All of it magic and all of it true All of the pictures and all of the stories All of the magic, the music is you.”
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