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The Christmas Decorating Gene

The Christmas Decorating Gene

By Nikki Pelezo / Dirt Roads

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Every year it gets harder and harder to put up the tree, decorate the house, bake the cookies, cook the festive meals, look like a million dollars and be inventive with the appetizers you take to all the Christmas parties.

This is what I think happened. When God passed out the decorating gene, a “too much work”  caveat was placed to occur around the age of 65.  Before age 65, decorating for Christmas was fun and every year I would put more and more stuff out until the entire attic was dedicated to Christmas.  No ornament was too old, no scruffy Santa too dirty, nothing was left out.  64 for years of collecting, 64 years of church bazaars, 64 years of children‘s and grandchildren’s art work.  Sure it took a solid week of work to get all the junk down out of the attic and put all over the house.  Sure it took a strong back to heft forty pound boxes full of useless crap down out of the attic, but we all loved doing it.  But come age 65, the candle sort of fizzles out.  

I remember my mother hitting 65.  She went out and bought that horrible aluminum Christmas tree with the revolving color wheel.  She pitched all the ornaments and detritus of 64 years in the garbage dump and put the aluminum tree in the middle of the picture window and called it good. Well I think the caveat hit this year big time.  It has taken me four hard mean days to get the tree out of the attic, lit, garland and ornamented.  Now I have a carport full of the rest of the Christmas junk waiting to be put out around the house.  I have bought $47.67 worth of goods for baking and appetizers which have not been out of the pantry as yet and it is the middle of December.

Next year I’m going to an antique store and am buying one of those aluminum Christmas trees with the revolving color wheel.  But instead of paying $8.99 as my mother did, I’ll have to fork over $189.99 for the same thing.  I think they call it nostalgia, but worth every penny.

3 Replies to “The Christmas Decorating Gene

  1. “Golden Years”, Aluminum Tree……..forget it. My husband insists on going green. Not the recycle, use it up, or wear it out kind of green. We’re talking a real live 20 foot GREEN tree in our den. It wa hoisted up using a block and tackle and big honking yellow nylon rope just this morning. Now just guess who is expected decorate the “national forest” all the while hanging from a 25 foot ladder or one of beams holding the room together. This must be done by tomorrow night in time for a party. Check the obit page in your local paper for female found dead in a Christmas tree. No foul play suspected, she must have hung herself with the 200 feet of lights.

  2. They say 65 and up are the “Golden Years”. They lie. There isn’t anything golden about them. I say buy that aluminum tree and forget decorating the whole house. Relax, have fun, and most of all remember what Christmas is all about.

  3. I would do anything to have a Aluminum Christmas tree !!!! I would decorate it all in blue and hidden in the branches would be an ipod playing Elvis’ “Blue Christmas”. I’ve had this idea for a long time, but can’t find an aluminum tree. I did do the next best thing, I found a white one, decorated it with blue lights and stood it outside next to the inflatable snowman that waves at all the cars going by.
    It is getting harder every year to do all the decorating, and every year I say this is the last, but come by and look at my yard. I spent a week decorating it, and still didn’t put everything out there. Maybe I can’t stop “cold turkey”. Maybe I have to wean myself off slowly, by putting less and less out each year !!!!!!

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