Some Christmas traditions change, fade with time

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Another Christmas is about to be wrapped up. The betterhalf will amble through the house this weekend (if not before) and will put the Baby Jesus scene with its figurines back in the box until next Christmas.
Down will come the Christmas lighting strung across the fire place mantle. The gumdrop Santa house that’s devoid of most of the gumdrops that were gobbled up on Christmas Eve will be packed away. The long playing records featuring Christmas songs by Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford, Jim Nabors, The Christy Minstrels and Guy Lombardo have been silenced and the record player switched back to CDs and Country Western tunes will again echo throughout our household.
And finally the last twinkle of lights on our tree will fade as the artificial tree is boxed up and sent to the basement until next Christmas.
When I watched the betterhalf remove the bulbs and lights from our tree I couldn’t help but think about Christmas pasts and wonder if we still had many Christmas traditions left in our fast-paced world. There are lots of memories, but not many traditions were still intact. As grandkids grow older; as our parents and grandparents aren’t with us anymore to celebrate the season; many traditions have disappeared.
  Lots of things have changed from Christmases past and it was evident when a gentleman recited alterations in the simple decorating of a tree and for that matter, changes in the Christmas tree itself.
  The strong aroma of a freshly cut pine tree once filled the house. Today an artificial tree with its plastic branches emits a pine odor via Pinesol spray.  But, like one diehard real Christmas tree fan said, “I guess that’s better than a few years ago when I found the obnoxious odor in my fresh tree was coming from a dead mouse wedged in its branches.”
 Another Christmas tradition was a tree wrapped with strings of popcorn. Of course, today that would be viewed as a person in the household who has too much time on his hands.
 It is now said if your tree has lots of homemade ornaments that means you’re in a household filled with lots of kids.
 If the tree in a household has an angel or star that reflects a home in which traditionalists live. Incidentally, there was no opinion for a tree with Santa on top.
 Personally, I’m one who likes a mix of colored lights on the tree. White lights are “OK,” but Christmas isn’t Christmas without an assortment of colors glowing brightly. I guess colored lights on the tree are one tradition that has remained in our clan all these years.
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I thought they were kidding me when it was announced that Budweiser was putting its Clydesdales out to pasture for the holidays. The company said the horses will not appear in its holiday advertising this year. Shucks, that was one of my favorite holiday advertisements.
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The holiday snuck up on me this year and my Christmas wishes will come late for some of you who will not read The New-Register until after Christmas. If you stuck around the area Dec. 24th and 25th and received your newspaper Wednesday, the betterhalf and I wish you an on-time  “Merry Christmas.” For those who are out of the area for holidays we extend to you  a “Merry Christmas” too, but apologize in not sending our greetings earlier.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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