Julie Callaway Blog

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Listening To Christmas Albums and Busy Decorating

Last weekend we bought a small artificial Christmas Tree at a thrift store, and brought it home and set it up. We had to re-arrange some furniture, and now walking through the place is a little bit more challenging, but we’ll make do with it for a few weeks!   I’m hoping to have the time to decorate before this Thanksgiving.  I have a pretty large collection of handmade ornaments that I like to put on the tree.  Some were made by friends and family, some I made.  Each and everyone one is full of memories, and that is why I like to decorate the tree – each ornament holds a memory that is very dear to me in some way.

When I decorate the tree I always put on the Christmas albums that only get brought out once a year to to play on my record player that only gets used once a year and that is to play the Christmas albums that I was given by my mother years ago. The same ones that she played on her record player each Christmas while she decorated the tree, the house, entertained friends, family and neighbors that would drop in for the holidays. I wish she had kept and given me the record player, but she got rid of that quite some time ago and she started getting getting into cassette tapes and eventually into DVDs. It broke one year and she didn’t want to spend the money to have it fixed so she tossed in the trash and never gave it a second thought.

In fact, her giving me these Christmas albums was the whole reason I searched and searched for a record player to play them on. This was over twelve years ago and finding a record player wasn’t an easy thing to do. But fortunately they have become popular once again and you can find them just about everywhere and albums are starting to come back as well! They say everything old becomes new again. In this case it holds true and I for one am grateful.

 

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