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Page 4B -- The Gienville Democrat/Pathfinder --Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003 Made-From-Three by Lisa Minney Christmas is a season of tradition. Fruit cakes, mistletoe, stockings, Santa, trees - they are all Christmas traditions. Until recently, I did not appreciate tradition. Traditions, to me, were rules. Someone would say to me, "Lisa, you have to hang the stockings by the fireplace." "Why?" I would ask. "It's a tradition." "So?" "We've always done it that way." Of course, I wanted to hang the stockings by the window - but, to do so would be breaking tradition, break- ing "the rules." Each family has a different set of Christmas traditions. When I moved into my first apartment, I had no tree, or stockings. Instead, I just had a string of lights in the window, and listened to Christmas songs on my stereo. As my budget, apartments, and pos- sessions grew, I was given a three- foot artificial tree from a friend, who was graduating to a full-size tree. I put the tree up that year, buying several cheap ornaments from Big Lots, and on New Year's I boxed everything up and put the tree away. It didn't come out again for four years. The first Christmas Frank and I were together, I decided I would put up the tree. I wanted the traditional feeling of Christmas - the feeling of a family home during the holidays. The tree came out of the box crumpled and shaggy, and many of the cheap ornaments had melted or peeled in storage. But, I began string- ing lights around the tree anyway. With the lights about one-third ar- ranged, I stopped to pause. At that moment, the dow-rod trunk of the tree, now dry-rotted, broke in half. Frank giggled. I pouted. And at 9 p.m. at night, in the dark and cold, Frank and I ventured out into the woods of Wirt County to find a Christmas tree. Frank drove his 4-wheel drive to the edge of the forest, and left his lights on so we could see. Not one single tree was well-rounded - they were all bald on one side because only half of them~ faced the open field. Finally, Frank cut three half-bald trees and loaded them into the truck. When we went to leave, the truck's battery was dead. I pouted. Frank cussed. And we carried the trees back to the house leaving the truck to wait until morning. , Now a bit grumpy, Frank grabbed the three trees, and with bald sides to the middle, gathered them together. Then, while I held the trees, he took electric fence wire and secured the trees together - creating a perfectly well-rounded tree. I finally finished decorating the tree around midnight, and we sat to watch the lights flash on and off, on and off. The tree was sparsely decorated. There was no tinsel, and no where Tree near enough icicles It was dim, and dull, and tacky. But, it was our tree, and the struggles of the evening be- came stories of laughter, and love, and of our first Chistmas together. This year, I decorated a six foot artificial spruce, donated last year by my mother after she got her new "pen- cil tree." Mother has an angel-themed tree now; all angels and white and silver and gold. I have new ornaments, plus several additional hand-me-down ornaments that don't match Mother's angel theme. Some of the ornaments I now have on my tree once hung on my grandmother's Christmas tree. Some ornaments my sister made. Our tree is buried in icicles, and beneath it sets Frank's grandmother's nativity set. Our tree is developing its own tradi- tion. This year's tree is beautiful, bounti- ful, and bright; all things a Christmas lree should be, even if I do say so myself. But still, my favorite is that first year tree - the 'made-from-three' tree that Frank assembled in the night because my fake tree broke. Although not wrapped in paper and bows, it was a wonderful Christmas present. It's not the beauty of the tree or decorations that brings on the spirit of Christmas. It is the love and generos- ity around the tree that makes the holiday memorable. Traditions, shop- ping, baking, decorating and visiting can make the holidays a trying time. Don't let holiday rules and frustra- tions taint the spirit of the season. during this i t.Uve season. _ / rrom / | J & J Variety [ | Store [ J Glenville, WV i Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the magic of the holi- days more with help getting your cards mailed on time. nd Fork enjoy a season of peace and joy. 226 W. Main St. Glenville WV I r l | 11 | II i 1i | 11 ll! I 11 | I1 ii GLENVILLE, WV tt ,, (i; ~:~ ~ I , " m ~'l' ~:: ' ( i ,, ! t ~I', !]~P, ['l,i', 462-5463 Local Letters to Santa Dear Santa, I'm in the second grade at toy. I will try to be better. Troy and I've been naughty This is what I would Dear Santa, I've been a very good girl this year. I want toys for Christmas. Dear Santa, I'm in the second grade at Troy and I've been good. But here is what I would I'm going to leave a plate of cookies for you. Dear Santa, I'm in the second grade. I have been kind of fair and I've done some talking too. I would like for Christmas. I want to have a real motorcycle and I will leave you December 26 is my birthday. like for Christmas. A big monster truck Greg like Love, Autumn for Christmas. A play station game. Austin Just ask Mrs. Grogg. But here is what milk and cookies. I'm 7 years old but Joshua Dear Santa, I'm in the second grade at Troy and I've been very a baby brother or sister. Please will you bring a new very bad. I would like to have a four foot dollhouse. I would like car to Mrs. Grogg? I will give you some chocolate chip cookies. Cheyenne Dear Santa, I'm in the second grade at Troy and I've been pretty good. Here is Yu-gi-oh cards, Kaiba's deck, Pegususses' deck, and Joey's deck. what I want for Christmas. Adan Dear Santa, I'm in the 2nd grade and I've been naughty and kind of nice to my sister. I want a motorcycle. Rosemary Dear Santa, I'm in the second control car. grade at Troy Elementary School. I've been trying to be good. I'd like to have a red snakebite remote Matthew Dear Santa, I'm in the second grade at Troy and I've been good. Here is what Unicran, Super Octomas, Kiaba's Deck, Megatron, and Galvatron. I would like for Christmas. Jet Fire, Starscream, Tyler Dear Santa, I'm in the second grade at Troy School. I have been of cowboy boots. I'll leave you cookies and carrots. trying to be good. I would like to have a pocket watch and a pair Robert Dear Santa, I'm in the second grade at Troy School. I have been good. I would like to have a pony and puppy and a reindeer and a robot and a cow and a elf. I will leave milk and cookies. and a snowflake Samantha Dear Santa, I'm in the second grade at Troy and I've been naughty. Just ask Mrs. Grogg. But here is what I would like for Christmas. A four wheeler and I would like for you to bring Mrs. Grogg a million dollars and a new car. Cheyenne Dear Santa, Howdy! I've been a pretty good boy. Here is what I want first, a drum set and a paint ball gun. If you bring my brother a game boy, bring me one, too. I want a blue one. I will leave you and your reindeer cookies and carrots. P.S. See if you can sneak a new "Chevy" truck in my good neighbor's driveway. He would like that! Merry ] Be Informed! I Read Your Local Newspaper! II Christmas, Cory ii Q e e O er, l)od!le, I)od!le 269-5727 1-800-339-1873 This holiday" season, everyone at H&M Motors k,,. rsler, Dodge, and D:dge Trucks in Weston extends to you attd you, rs a blessed joyous Christmas and a safe, successful 2004. As this season surrounds us. let us remember in our prayers our brave troops in foreign lands attd then say a special prayer for this great nation we call America. From the entire H&M Motor Company family in Weston, Happy Holidays and God Bless El, eryonet. 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