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December 2, 2006
Trimming The Tree

My sister flew into town on her way from New York to California for a couple of days, so we spent the day doing Christmas decorating with the Little Admiral. I put together the Christmas tree, always a frustrating business and more so today since the built-in lights didn't work. I started to inspect each of the bulbs to see if I could find the problem, but then I realized I could fix it with $5 at Walgreens tomorrow with a couple of new strings instead of spending the next three hours figuring it out.

I took a few pictures of the action, and here's my granddaughter with a new ornament from her aunt:

We only got part of the way through the tree-trimming, though, because we decided to watch our collection of Christmas television specials, which we got on DVD last year. These still have plenty of charm for younger viewers and nostalgia for us, but they definitely come from another era. At more than one point, the adults all remarked about the ways in which the shows struck us as odd.

No matter. We enjoyed the rituals and the fun of decorating, something we didn't do to any extent last year because of the First Mate's illnesses. We're aiming for festive this year, and we're off to a good start. Hope you are as well!

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 2, 2006 6:44 PM

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