De­cem­ber is here, Christ­mas is com­ing

Chinchilla News - - NEWS | OPINION - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­[email protected]­

IT’S of­fi­cially ticked over into De­cem­ber and I feel it’s now ac­cept­able to blast Christ­mas tunes when­ever I choose.

Just the other day I put up my Christ­mas tree – the first time I’ve had my ‘own’ tree since mov­ing out.

As I un­wrapped my dec­o­ra­tions and laid them out on the ta­ble, Christ­mas mu­sic I’ve lis­tened to each year for as long as I can re­mem­ber was play­ing in the back­ground.

I’m pretty sure I was bound­ing about the house with de­light.

Be­cause the fact of the mat­ter is I love Christ­mas, and the tra­di­tions that come with it.

Back home my mum had a par­tic­u­larly ex­cel­lent tra­di­tion.

Every year when we put up the Christ­mas tree, she’d gift us a new dec­o­ra­tion.

Then we’d hang it on the tree along with all the oth­ers.

It was, in my opin­ion, in­ge­nious.

It meant that when I moved out I had a lit­tle box of dec­o­ra­tions, all of which meant some­thing to me, and all of which made me smile and think of my fam­ily when I pulled them out this week.

As the com­mu­nity gath­ered for the Christ­mas tree light­ing last Thurs­day, I’m sure there were sparkles in the eyes of more than one young per­son (or young-at-heart per­son).

I know I’m look­ing for­ward to cov­er­ing the next cou­ple of weeks as Christ­mas events kick into high gear and street lights start twin­kling.

En­joy the fes­tive sea­son, stay safe, and I look for­ward to shar­ing in the Christ­mas spirit this year.

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