Memories of old-time holidays in the hills

The next day we waited impatiently for Dad to finish his other work, so that he could bring in the tree and get it placed in the stand. We didn't have to worry about Christmas tree bulbs as there was no electricity in our home. Mom meanwhile went in her closet and pulled out a box of the colorful hanging round breakable balls and fake icicles that had been Grandma's and they were each placed very carefully on the tree. Then us kids could put on the pretty homemade decorations! And our tree was ready for Christmas which was usually about a week away.

So, for the next week we worked on any gifts we were making and then studied the Christmas catalogs that had come in the mail. What a long wait it seemed!

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