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Wendi’s Word A column by Wendi Reardon
Holiday readiness

by Wendi Reardon

November 16, 2011

It is around this time of year, before Thanksgiving and after Halloween, many are already flustered with the holiday season.

Christmas music has been playing since the first day of November and many stores have had their holiday merchandise slowly pushing Halloween off of the shelves.

But I feel already prepped for the holidays, mostly because I want to finish any shopping before the stores are crowded and lines are long.

Though this year I am more joyful about the holiday season (it's the Michael Buble Christmas album. It has holiday spirit effect on me.)

So this year I am more attuned to a holiday tradition especially the covered dining room table at my mom's house.

Wreaths and Christmas trees of different sizes find their ways to the table along with miscellaneous holiday decorations or small ornaments. The creative tools are ready along with holiday music going in the background or a version of A Christmas Carol playing on the television.

Then, my mom gets to creating. It might be a holiday present someone asked her to make giving her some of the items and letting her run with it. She is a crafty individual so within a few minutes to an hour a plain wreath or Christmas tree has been transformed into a masterpiece. Or into a unique gift for the holiday season.

Take for example the bird in The Clarkston News window. It landed on my desk to decorate for an auction this past summer. As usually procrastination and lack of time took over and I passed it on to my mom. She in turn got out her paint, a few of this and that and got to work.

It's not just the holidays, though Christmas does seem to get more attention during the entire year. Anything is really a blank canvas - a room in a house, an abandoned dresser or desk. With a little imagination and the tools it transforms.

It is probably why I am leaning towards getting out all of my photos, paper and embellishments and create my own gifts this year. Or it could be lines mixed with having more people to shop for.

Until next time stay away from holiday music until you are ready and congrats to the Clarkston Girls Varsity Volleyball team - regional champs (again)!