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Carol Perkins: The lure of Christmas Open Houses

With a 47 year collection of Christmas Decorations, the author has enough to decorate two homes. Still, she has an annual pre-Christmas family reunion at an open house in Glasgow every year and always finds something new. She says: 'Getting in the Christmas spirit has never been hard for me, but attending open houses is a good way to light a spark a little early. Many other shops in the area are ready for customers this weekend, and I might make a day of going from one to another.' - CAROL PERKINS
Talk to Carol Perkins 10am-12pmNoonCT, this morning Tue 10 Nov 2015 on The "Susan & Carol, Unscripted" show, live. FM 99.1 radio
Next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: I've been hanging up on Mike for weeks now

By Carol Perkins

This weekend is open house at Jeff's Florist outside of Glasgow. Carla has driven up from Brentwood and met Guy and me for the occasion for several years now. Guy goes with us because he is a sucker for Christmas. Jeff has lovely decorations, and if I tell him what I am wanting, he can put together a masterpiece even Guy can't refuse.


I have enough decorations to decorate two homes, but it is a forty-seven-year collection, so some things have lost their pizzazz, gone out with the garbage, and were replaced with more "modern" looks. What I wouldn't give to have my silver tree or bubble lights (original ones) and the dozens of ceramic ornaments that lost their appeal decades ago. Using those would have constituted a real "vintage" tree.

There are enough twinkle lights in a tub in my basement to light one side of the courthouse square. The problem is that they are tangled up in a wad. Every year I vow to be more organized when taking down the lights and to store them in an easy way to unleash them the next year. However, by the time Christmas is over, I'm only interested in getting the lights down fast. After unwinding and looping over and under each other, the lights sometimes end up in the trash the next year. Often it is easier to buy new ones than to unravel the old.

Every year when I go to Jeff's, I find a tree I think I can't live without, but I am reminded that I have enough trees. The way he decorates the trees looks so lovely I long to pick one up, set it on the back of the truck and drive home with it fully decorated. This would be a slow journey. For some reason (and it could be lack of talent) my trees never look as gorgeous as his.

Getting in the Christmas spirit has never been hard for me, but attending open houses is a good way to light a spark a little early. Many other shops in the area are ready for customers this weekend, and I might make a day of going from one to another.

I said to Guy the other night when we were talking about Thanksgiving, "Why don't we go ahead and put the tree up in the living room?" "I have been worried about you, but now I know you have totally lost your mind." I may not have a tree up with a turkey on a platter nearby, but as soon as the last leg is gone, you can bet the lights will be twinkling. After all, Guy is a sucker for Christmas.



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