Christ­mas Is For Kids

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He’s 5 years old, and he be­gan eye­ing Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions in Oc­to­ber.

He can’t wait to put up the tree and hang an or­na­ment from ev­ery branch (less isn’t more, in his opin­ion). And be­fore the first snow falls, he’s ready to help his dad string lights around the pine trees in our front yard. My old­est def­i­nitely has the Christ­mas spirit, and he’s helped guide many of the tra­di­tions our fam­ily has adopted to cel­e­brate the hol­i­days.

This is­sue is full of read­ers shar­ing tra­di­tions of their own. On page 10, He­len Cal­laghan and her fam­ily start the hol­i­day sea­son the day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing by trekking out to the coun­try in search of the per­fect Christ­mas tree. Shirley Bar­beric teams up with her mother and sis­ter to bake cook­ies (page 52). And, on page 64, Jay Inger­son re­calls his mother’s habit of giv­ing him an ex­tra gift ev­ery year. Who wouldn’t love that?

Work­ing on the Christ­mas is­sue is al­ways a gift to me. We start it months be­fore the hol­i­days be­gin, so it helps me plan ahead and make the most of the time I have with my fam­ily. I hope this is­sue in­spires you to do the same. From all of us to all of you, Merry Christ­mas and a happy new year!

Mar­ija An­dric, Ed­i­tor mar­ija@coun­try-mag­a­zine.com

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