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January 24, 2020

12/5/2019 9:31:00 AM
Check out the ornaments
If you're a lover of all things Christmas and you live in Cottonwood County, you should make the Cottonwood County Historical Society's Remick Gallery, a must stop.
The Gallery is once again hosting the Festival of Trees display, which this year features just 10 trees. In past years, there have been up to twice that many, but the participation declined a bit this year.
However, kudos to all those who gave of their time and talents to create trees. As always, they are beautiful and unique.
Since there are only 10 trees and plenty of space, a new addition was added to the display this year - White House ornaments. You'll want to check them out.
I didn't realize that the White House - yes, that White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., in Washington, D.C. - has annually issued an ornament each Christmas. I don't know how long that has been going on, but they're apparently available for purchase and two Windom residents have purchased them over the years.
Ruth Steinfeldt purchased an ornament in 1989 and again in 1998 and 1999. Lowell and Nancy Tjentland have ornaments from 2000 to 2016. They're all on display in the Festival of Trees in a glass covered cabinet. Each ornament is displayed in the opened box in which in came.
There's a little explanation about each ornament on a sheet attached to the display case.
The ornaments are a bonus for patrons who visit the Trees this year.
Oh, and don't forget to vote for your favorite tree.
'Rigging up the lights . . .'
In 1997, Bob Rivers came out with a parody on "The 12 Days of Christmas." It's called "The 12 Pains of Christmas."
If you've never heard it, and you don't mind a humorous twist on a popular Christmas carol, check it out on youtube. It's a hoot.
The second pain of Christmas is a guy who sings "rigging up the lights."
Well, I sort of feel the guy's misery.
But instead of "rigging up" I was dealing with the lights when I put up the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving night. We've got a pre-lit artificial tree that comes in three sections. You simply put the three sections together, fold down and fluff the branches, connect the light cords in each section and - "voila" - you've got a lighted Christmas tree in minutes - no "rigging up the lights."
But you do have a problem when a light, or a fuse, goes out. And that's exactly what happened with our tree. One string of lights, about a quarter down from the top, still in the top section, went out and - you got it - as the guy in "The 12 Pains of Christmas" screams - "One goes out, they all go out?"
I went through each light in that particular strand, taking the light out and replacing it with one that works, hoping that I could find the light that, well, didn't light.
Of course, I didn't.
Yes, we tried replacing the fuses in the strand of lights. That didn't work either.
Finally, I caved and bought a 50-light string and my daughter strung them right over the other lights. Sometimes simple is not only better, but a whole lot easier.
Christmas comedy
Here's a little Christmas joke I found online at thoughtcatalog.com:
"What do you call an elf wearing ear muffs?
"Anything you want. He can't hear you!"
Let the Christmas season begin!

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