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Date Posted: 07:36:43 10/06/15 Tue
Author: Denny Whalen
Subject: Decorating Season

The first of October signals the beginning of the decorating season in our home. Out come the giant spiders, haunted village houses, cob webs, pumpkins, ghosts, witches hats and boots,skeletons, frankensteins, black cats and skulls.

I believe I've mentioned previously that we set up three Christmas trees every year. Well, after a trip to Grandfather Mountain two years ago, where we saw a Fall tree standing in the spacious indoor food area, my wife adopted the idea. In September the Fall tree goes up, decorated with autumn leaves, nuts, and other harvest symbols. In October, the Fall tree is transformed into a Halloween tree. November the tree sheds the Halloween ornaments and some of the fall ornaments return with Thanksgiving ornaments added. All the Halloween and turkey, pilgrim, and pumpkin decorations are packed away the first weekend in December, when the Christmas season is ushered in.

No room in the house is spared when it comes to the decorating season. Bedrooms and bathrooms receive the same attention as the family and living rooms. Even the kitchen gets a makeover with each change in the seasons.

We do little to decorate outside the house, concentrating wholely on the interior. Frankly, I enjoy the celebratory aspects of decorating for the seasons. However, enthusiasm dies a sudden and painful death when it comes time to pack all the ornaments, wreaths, trees, cob webs, skulls, spiders,cats and bats away again. Every suggestion I've offered for leaving the trees decorated but "disappeared" falls on deaf ears. From cutting holes in the floor and lowering the trees intact to the basement, putting the trees on movie screens and letting them roll up into the ceiling, to building cedar cabinets around them and just shutting the doors -- nothing seems to appeal to the decorator. I've just got to learn to grin and bear it all, and keep saying "yes, dear". It has worked for 48 years so far (we spent our first Christmas apart), so as we close in on fifty years as a married couple, I reckon we'll just keep on with what works.

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