Have you decorated your Christmas tree yet?

Do you prefer vintage, old-school decor and cheap-o Dollar Store 2,500-for-five buck icicles? Or do you swath your tree in yards and yards of sparkly toile with turquoise peacock features spewing from the top? Do you have a new tree decoration theme each year or stick with hand-made kid ornaments?

The Christmas tree is rich with legend. The Romans celebrated winter solstice with Saturnalia Fest, in honor of Saturnus, god of agriculture. They decorated with trees and lights and exchanged gifts—coins were given for prosperity, pastries for happiness and lamps to light one’s life journey. Germans and Scandinavians placed fir branches inside the home to represent the coming spring.

However the tradition began, the Christmas tree became a living symbol of the spirit of Christmas, bringing the smell of forest into our homes, evoking childhood memories.

For inspiration, be sure to join your neighbors for Light Up Lakewood 2012, Friday, November 30 from 6-9 p.m. A family event with Santa, face painting and petting zoo, there will be something for kids of all ages! Enjoy special choir performances from neighborhood schools, Studio B and Restoration Blues, along with the NEW tree lighting and dedication ceremony.

Light Up Lakewood will get you in the holiday spirit, no matter your style.

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