Deck the halls with tradition


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In the annual ritual of decking the halls and putting up the Christmas tree, a hierarchy exists among decorations. The generic colored glass balls and lights go on first. Then come other ornaments collected over the years — commemorating “baby’s first Christmas” or the first year in a new house. But for many, there’s one decoration or ornament that stands out among the rest. Maybe it has been passed down through the generations or was given to them by a dear friend or beloved relative. Four area residents share their unique and special decorations. From a quaint Christmas castle wind chime one resident received from his grandparents to a papier-mâché scene from the classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol,” each one has a story.

‘A collection of generations’

From a distance, the skinny tree seemed to be decked out in standard powder blue and gold decorations.

But closer examination revealed a treasure trove of family heirlooms on Suzie Hollinger’s tree.

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