The grandson is over tonight hoping to help Gammy with putting up the Christmas tree decorations. At this point, I think he’s more interested in playing a video game about Frosty on the Xbox, but we’ll see.
Every year, he’s been a part of helping to decorate the tree. Gammy (the Mrs) has always had a special ornament for him to hang and it’s usually one of the noise-making ones, or ones that have the snowball with a train inside kind of thing. She loves seeing his face when he pushes the button and they start to do their thing. I love turning them off after he’s gone… Regardless, it’s always a special time to see him have fun celebrating Christmas (and it helps with the empty-nester feelings the Mrs occasionally has too).
Back in the 60s & 70s, ice-cycles were the rage (and that gaudy garland). Our tree looked a bit like a silver covered green monster by the time we finished throwing all of those fake ice cycles on there. My favorite ornaments, by far, were the Santa ones that looked like they were made from pipe cleaners. Mom collected them and there were ones of every kind on the tree.
Hanging the lights became my part of the Christmas duty. We had them stretched from one side of the house to the other before winding them around and around the tree. They weren’t the little ones back then either. These lights were the big bulbs that shown brightly throughout the house. Not like the freaky LED bulbs that make me feel dizzy on most of today’s trees (and homes).
Finally, the most important part was getting those stockings hung because they had the candy in them Christmas morning (and some Christmas nuts to much on). We had the big, red Santa sock ones that we could fit a house into. They were always the first to be opened and the last to be put away.
I’ll keep tonight’s blog short so, whether you have your tree decorated yet this year or are still working on it like us, we want to wish you a blessed family time enjoying the decorating and creating memories together with your family. And, remember, you’re loved tonight my friend…
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