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My Christmas tradition - "Yes dear"
A column by the Editor
posted December 1, 2008
Photo: Our 2007 Christams Tree
COLUMN – Thanksgiving Day is past and
Christmastime is upon us. It is time to pull all those Christmas
decorations out of the attic and begin the annual untangling and
testing of lights, and my patience. In the past, this was a time I did
not look forward to at all, mainly because my beautiful bride loves it
so deeply and has a tendency to go overboard. However, as I grew older
and wiser I learned it was better to just say, “Yes dear”, and let have
her way. I also learned never to ask to see the bills. I have high
blood pressure and it just is not worth a stroke at my young age.
Every June when we head out to our time-share condominiums in Sapphire
Valley in North Carolina for my only vacation of the year (my wife and
children take others) we have to make at least one trip over to the
Highlands to visit The Christmas Store and buy more decorations for
Christmas. Her favorite? Santa heads. Yes, my wonderful bride likes to
decorate our family Christmas tree with decapitated Santa’s in addition
to other items. I don’t ask why, I just go along for the ride.
In retrospect I guess I am to blame for this since I designed and built
our home that included a vaulted 18’ 9” ceiling in the family room. As
such our Christmas tree also grew. No more being constrained by the
usual six-foot tree that required very few lights and decorations. No,
the smallest tree we have had over the past decade was ten feet and the
tallest, at least to date, has been fourteen feet. So much for standing
on a chair to put on the star, now it takes a twelve-foot ladder. Our
children jumped right on board. Now a regular tree is called a “Charlie
Brown” tree, alluding to the “It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas” when
Charlie Brown returned with a sapling for their tree.
Now it takes days to bring down all the decorations, lights, wreaths,
manger scenes, candles, and other accouterments. I do not understand
what good it is to have candles that you are not allowed to light - and
I dare not ask and just say, "Yes dear".
Then it is off to find the family Christmas tree. Something my wife
refers to as finding the “Griswold Family Christmas Tree” and claims
that I remind her of "Clark W. Grizwold" played by Chevy Chase in the
movie Christmas Vacation. I’m not sure why because we do not drive out
into the middle of nowhere, traipse around in knee-deep snow, and then
choose a tree we have to dig up by hand.
For almost a decade we have traveled to Charlie and
Nancy Mills’ Clarks Hill Christmas Tree Farm located just off
Garrett Road on Bennie Dorn Road in the western part of Edgefield
County. My bride is strict on maintaining traditions, she even invents
more each year, so it is with the search for the perfect tree. She is
rather distraught this year since we normally go pick out a tree the
weekend after Thanksgiving, but rainy weather and her being “under the
weather” has set this date back a few days.
I will say I do enjoy picking out a tree (it’s the only thing I have
even some minor input on the entire month). Not to mention the
hot chocolate, boiled peanuts, and other goodies the Mills’ have on
hand to keep us warm and nourished as we traverse the vast rolling
hills of the tree farm in rural Edgefield County, pick out the tree,
and then return home with a tree hanging several feet off the back of
Uh oh, I’m starting to see a correlation to the Griswold’s.
Well, I know I am in for a busy week so I had better get to work.
Christmas, and my wife, are calling.
I recommend a fresh cut tree for Christmas. They will last longer and
you support a local grower.
Clarks Hill Christmas Tree Farm
Open daily from 2 - 5:30 pm Monday - Friday
Saturday 9 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday from 1 - 5:30 pm
Wright’s Tree Farm
(See their ad at the top of this page for more information)
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