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Carol Perkins: Decorating for Christmas

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By Carol Perkins

When the snow fell Monday, I decided to decorate. My first thought was "why bother" since no one will be visiting, but I wanted to decorate for two reasons: it's a Christmas tradition and Guy and I appreciate the results.

Last summer when I was cleaning the basement, I vowed to declutter the Christmas storage room and donate. So, as Guy moved items upstairs, I went through what was left. First, Guy brought up the main tree, meticulously stored in its box, along with the stand and the star. We decorated it and quit for the day. The next day, I spotted two small outdoor trees in decorative containers once used outside. As I looked for the missing top to the second tree, I said, "Surely, in all this mess I can find that treetop." While sorting through boxes, I found it with the garland. Now we have two small trees on the sides of the front doors.

"We're not putting these ugly wreaths outside this year," Guy declared as he held them for me to examine. Those were ancient, mashed, and hadn't been used in a decade. I was shopping when he put them on the door last year, and I didn't want to tell him the truth.

When I confessed, he said, "No wonder they are ugly!" I found the makings of two wreaths, and with my glue gun, I might crank out a decent looking pair. While continuing my decluttering, lo and behold tucked under some shelving were garage bags hiding/protecting two lovely wreaths. I fluffed them, and on the door they went. Guy was excited, "How did you forget these? They're great." I shrugged. "Beats me!"

Our mantel decoration, according to Guy, is the prettiest part of our Christmas, so he takes pride in assembling it. Thinking we were finished because I wasn't going to decorate the living room, Guy mentioned how dismissal and dark it looked, so he went back to the basement and dragged out two lighted pencil trees, added snow underneath, a lighted lamppost, four tall carolers, and the partridge is probably down there somewhere. Then I noticed the kitchen, looking so lonely. Guy brought up a lighted flocked tree (in need of much fluffing) that was skinny enough to fit in the corner. Then, in following the Metcalfe County Candle Project tradition, I placed candles in the windows. For a small project, this turned into a week's worth of work. What else did we have to do?

At night, we sit in front of the fireplace (mostly unlit) and look at our decorations. No one else may see them, but the appreciation lies within the walls of our home. I even made Guy some sugar-free tiny Bundt cakes. I had to pay him back for his work.

"You make a good Mrs. Claus. I bet she dishes out orders as fast as he can load the sleigh!"

My reply, "Go eat your cake!"

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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