198. Decorating the Christmas Tree
One of the favorite American holidays is Christmas.
holiday has a special meaning to most Americans
. It is an official government holiday celebrated on
25. Most Americans get both Christmas Day and
Eve off from their jobs so that they
spend time with their families. Many people are
buying gifts for their loved ones in preparation
the big day. Christmas day is the time
families open presents that they have given each
. The presents are wrapped in beautiful paper, and
include a colorful bow and a tag with
person's name on it. These presents are placed
a tree that is brought into their home
decorated with bright ornaments by the entire family.
Michelle was a little girl, she loved helping
mom and dad decorate the Christmas tree. It
began by going to a Christmas tree lot,
vendors sold freshly cut trees to the public.
can walk through the lots to pick the
that is right for them. Michelle loved going
shop for a tree because of the sweet
that would come from the trees. "I like
one, daddy," Michelle said. "It's perfect," her dad
and bought the tree. It was just the
size, with full, green branches.
Once the tree
brought home, Michelle helped her mother place the
in the right spot, and began decorating it.
brothers and sister would help, too. This was
a great family tradition. They put a string
flickering lights around the tree, along with pretty
of different kinds. Each family member got to
their own special ornament on the tree right
they wanted to. The colors blue, red, yellow,
red would blink on and off and would
brightly, reflecting off the ornaments. As the family
and viewed the decorated tree, all were smiling.
turned to her father and said, "Thank you,