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The memories of Christmas are what make it special

The memories of Christmas are what make it special

Every family has Christmas traditions, and that’s what makes it so special.

The memories of Christmas are special, because Christmas is special. It’s a time for family and the time-honored traditions that growing up on a farm or ranch bring. And even as an adult, it’s easy to get excited at Christmastime.

I remember as a kid the anticipation started just after Thanksgiving, when we would combine rabbit hunting excursions with scouting for a nice Christmas tree.

It was always cedar and had to be perfectly shaped. Failing that, it had to have at least one good side to face into the room. Finding a sprig of mistletoe and shooting it out of the top of a tree with a .22 rifle was a bonus.

We usually cut the tree and dragged it home the Saturday after school was out for Christmas break and decorated it that night. The lights were multi-colored; I don’t recall ever having a tree that was all white. We bedecked our tree with colorful strands of lights — red, blue, green, orange, and a few pale white ones.

Christmas shopping occurred in a nearby five-and-dime store. Things were affordable there, mostly. And the selection was quite varied — toys, books, handkerchiefs, and doilies. One-stop shopping.

Click here for more of Ron’s Christmas remembrances. And please share your own in the comments section below. Merry Christmas from all of us at BEEF.


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