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“Did you decorate for Christmas?”

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“Deck the halls with boughs of holly fa la la la la, la la la la, ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la . . . ” I don’t know why, but I am just realizing that the first few words of this song are about decorating for Christmas. I think my focus has always been on the fa la la la la la, la la la la, (LOL!) Have you decorated your home, office or business for Christmas? When I think of decorating for Christmas, I can’t help but think of my grandmother who passed in September 2020. This was her time of the year. I dedicate this week’s post to my loving grandmother, Delores D. Lucas. I will refer to her as “Decorating Dee.” The picture above represents one of the many times that we spent together.

My grandmother had the gift of decorating and she used it to serve others. I Peter 4:10 says “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others . . .” She loved to decorate not just at Christmas, but all throughout the year. In her younger years, she would use her gift of decorating to decorate her church for special events. Whenever there was a church celebration she would decorate the fellowship hall. Decorating Dee would use her money to buy decorations for the walls, tables, chairs and matching paper products. She would mostly find her decorations at Party City, Dollar Tree and Big Lots. Decorating Dee would get so excited about putting a room or table together and seeing the finished project.

Christmas time was very special because my grandmother would be thinking about Christmas all year long. At the beginning of the year she would start saving by putting money in her Christmas account. The savings would be used to purchase gifts for her great-grandchildren and to help decorate my house and my sister’s house. Decorating Dee would dedicate a day, sometimes two days to decorating our homes. She would put the Christmas music on and decorate the Christmas tree with lights, ornaments, garland and then move to the dinning room to decorate the table. She would also put decorations on our stairway. My children and I would assist. We followed her directions and were so excited to see the house when she finished. Oh what sweet memories of my grandmother, Decorating Dee!

Decorations help to set the tone as soon as you walk into a room. I have witnessed the power of decorating and have always loved walking into my house after Decorating Dee finished. My grandmother’s gift of decorating blessed so many people. Thanks to Decorating Dee, I have made decorating at Christmas an annual tradition. We start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. Did you decorate for Christmas?

This is my last post for 2021. Thank you for reading. Have a merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Until next time!

Carolyn

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