By Don Kruse, Editor
Growing up in a house full of siblings, Christmas was always about traditions that have been passed down to us, from our grandparents to our parents.
Before it was popular to put up outside lights and buy artificial trees, people would settle for going out into the woods and cut down a cedar tree. They would decorate them with just tinsel, garland and ornaments that would seem old-fashion today. If you strung lights on them, it was really something special.
Folks in this area followed traditions that were believed to have been carried over from the old country. They would do simple things like tie pencils on the tree; not wrapping the presents, but instead would just put them on stacks under the tree–no shiny paper with fancy ribbons.
(Read the rest of the story in this week’s Advertiser-Coiurier)