December 23, 2010

December 23

When I was young, maybe 7 or 8 years old, Dad supplied a Christmas tree to the governor's mansion. I skipped school one day in December to accompany Dad to Columbia to deliver the tree. Gov. Carroll Campbell's wife took me on a tour of the mansion where I saw many other Christmas trees and festive decorations. I also got to peek in the kitchen where the chef was making a gigantic gingerbread house. Before we left the mansion, the First Lady told me I could choose any ornament off one of the mansion's trees to take home. I chose this corn-husk doll, and every year I fondly remember my experience when I see the delicate ornament hanging on Mom's tree.

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