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  • Every family has traditions, and this one is no exception. On the day after Thanksgiving, the wife and daughters converge to erect the family Christmas Tree. This particular tree is about to be erected for the last time in our house, and will moving over to Crystal's house next year. So this makes this year a very special one indeed.

    As you can see, the assembly process is a carefully planned event, with Sandra at the table checking the strands of lights while Crystal and Jennifer assemble the tree and string the lights. Brittni is spreading the branches and serves as the "gofer" so the girls don't have to constantly move up and down through the maze of Rubbermaid boxes in the way. (If you're looking for Jennifer, she's hidden behind the tree searching for the fuse to the bottom strand of lights).

    Torrey has learned, as I have, to sit quietly out of the way and not to interfere or even make suggestions, as to do so might incur dire consequences, such as having a heavy object tossed in the vicinity of your head. I must admit this shows a very quick learning curve on his part. It took me almost 6 years to figure it out.

    Jeremy is with Jennifer, of course, and is being a very quiet and well behaved six year old (as quiet and well behaved as any six year old boy can be) and in addition to the ladies of the house, we have McKenzie, the infant daughter of a friend of Crystal's. As you can see, she is a very happy baby and content to lie on the floor or in her carrier and look around, with the occasional bit of attention from one of the adults when she starts to fuss. Torrey and I have been assigned to this task, as the girls are occupied otherwise. Good thing we both like babies.

    I've been in the office writing most of the day, occasionally being called out to fix lunch or run to the store to purchase an additional strand of lights or even to lift any object they decide is too heavy for them. I am so glad I got my workout done early today.

    Still, there is a certain comfort in the routine of the girls working together, listening to Christmas carols sung by various artists from a stack of CD's Sandy keeps in her desk for most of the year.

    The decoration of the tree will wait until tomorrow, unless Crystal and Jen decide to forge ahead tonight. Either way, it is officially Christmas in the Smith household.

    I hope your day is as blessed as mine.

    Fred
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