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  • Well, I told you earlier about the newest edition to the Christmas decorations, so I thought I would share three of the oldest.

    What you are looking at is a tree stand I built from plywood and some scrap lumber I had laying around in my garage. I built in in 1994, I believe, and found a few ceramic houses in HO scale that fit, so I made a little village on the stand with a snow mountain in the center to hide the metal stand, and set up my first HO train set to circle the tree. My daughters loved it, as did my granddaughters, and it became a tradition to add items annually, such as pine trees, telephone poles, street lights, HO scale cars, and ice skaters on a pond. Of course, there is a Santa's workshop, and a church with a nativity scene (don't tell the ACLU).

    Several years ago, I added the bottom sheet of plywood and set up the second train that runs under the first tree stand. Since then, I have one granddaughter in particular who tells everyone "Grandpa's got trains!" with a delightful little smile. When she was three and four, she would be at the house waiting for me to come home so I could start the trains and she could watch them from the footstool in front of our loveseat. Of course, I had to sit there and watch them with her. Not that I objected.

    Some things are just fun to watch.

    ~Fred~

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