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Ask anyone, whether it’s Christmas or Hanukkah, there is one special thing he or she can display in their home to mark these celebrations.

You know what I’m talking about. Maybe it’s Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree or the famous floor lamp that ends up in your front window for everyone to see. Some may appreciate putting up a train layout under the tree or displaying a family menorah passed down from generation to generation.

No matter what brings a smile, now is the time to make the season shine. I shook off the gloom of last year’s holidays and managed to lift the tree. It is adorned with a collection of ornaments that has spanned 47 years.

There are the basic colorful glass bulbs, hand-sewn fabric trees, many firefighter related ornaments, miniature school buses, basketball player, hockey player, hunter with rifle, bells , stars, trains and even photo ornaments.

White lights illuminate the branches and a plastic angel nicknamed Angie sits atop the tree. A manger is located nearby on a table with three frosted table trees that flash in different colors. There are Santas and reindeer hanging from various places throughout the house and oversized ornaments and a holiday flag can be found on the porch.

Guess you could say I really got into the spirit of things this year. It was fun browsing the boxes marked “Christmas” in the basement that were ignored last year. Every ornament and decoration was surrounded by old newspapers and tissue paper. Unwrapping each piece sparked memories of vacations spent with so many people who are no longer with us. Old newspapers told almost forgotten stories.

Aunt Mary gave us many of her beautiful handmade bead ornaments. My mother provided a statue of a Santa Claus firefighter with his loyal Dalmatian by his side.

My mother-in-law also made several ornaments and included a few Hallmark designs.

I’m not the type to place a high value on “things”. But these Christmas baubles are more precious and priceless than any gem you could place in front of me. Among my favorites is a wooden table Santa Claus that our son made when he was very young. Santa is complete with a white cotton beard and a hat. How it has survived all these years is a mystery, but it has a place of honor every year.

I suspect there will be some grandchildren’s holiday creations that will one day compete with Santa for a place on the holiday table. And I don’t think Santa Claus wants to share. After all, isn’t that what we’re all supposed to do?

Heather Ziegler can be contacted by email at [email protected]

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