The Christmas Tree

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Christmas was one of the most festival times of the year for me. It provides a reason for my family to reconnect and the Christmas tree is a symbol of the bond that we all shared because we always put it together and decorate it as a family. This is something that we have done as a family for as long as I can remember and this will remain a family tradition as long as I live. We also had a traditional family breakfast that my mom and Tainisha, my sister, cook while my dad watched the Channel 5 news and Marques, my brother, and I play chess. My dad, brother and I would get the Christmas tree down from the old and dark attic, which smells of old wood after rain, every fourteenth of December. Why we choose this day I will never know but I guess it’s because fourteen is a lucky number. With the tree we get down the boxes which contain the ornaments and lights. With those come the reef which is held in and old box which was for a baby walker. Then we would get down the Santa Clause and last of all came the star. After we had everything down we would relax until my mom and sister were through with breakfast. For breakfast we had; scrambled eggs with cheese, crispy bacon, sausage links, hash browns, butter biscuits that melted in your mouth, sweet honey baked ham, white rice with butter and sugar, pancakes with blue berries in them, cream of wheat, toast, sweet tea, milk, coffee, hot coco, and eggnog. It would take hours to make all of this but it was well worth the wait. My dad always said the blessing and then my mom would make our plates. I always got mine first because I was the youngest, then my sister, brother, dad and finally my mom. We would talk about what we wanted to do later that day and about what we all had been up to all year. After breakfast my brother and I got stuck doing the dishes and putting the food away. We would wait a while before we started on the tree. We had a white tree that was twelve inches and had to be put together in a sequence...
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