How a Christmas Tree Became a Member of the Family

Henken/Armstrong Christmas by Cassandra Armstrong

Holiday decorating is a Big Deal in my family. My mom has always adhered to a strict schedule: Autumn decorations go up on September 1st. Halloween joins the fun on October 1st. On November 1st, the ghosts are laid to rest once more, and Thanksgiving turkeys and cornucopias fill in the holes they leave behind.