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~e 26) Christmas means including traditions from the past and roomle[ new ones By V' -toda Metca either done all th eir life, or started something new," she said about tradi- "Home for the holidays" has a spe- tions and their importance. cial meaning to Louise Young, of When Young and her husband, Quincy. Spike, wed in 1978, she included some If she isn't home for the most impor- of the traditions that were near and tant holiday of the year, the season dear to her family, and some that were doesn't seem quite right. She wants to important to his side of the family. be surrounded by familiar things, faro- ily traditions, and of course, family and special friends. It began when Young was a child. Her father was in the military and that meant frequent moves for the family-- regardless of the season. Young remembers she and her broth- er unwrapping presents in the back seat of the car on several Christmases as they moved to new surroundings. "It shouldn't have made that much difference," she said. The family was together and there were presents, but she missed the feeling of being home just the same. And that feeling of wanting to be home for Christmas has carried over into Young's adult years with her own family. As a mother, step-mother and grand- mother, Christmas means homecoming whenever possible. Along with celebrating Christmas at home with her family, Young has included traditions from a blended family, as well as new ones she's dis- covered over the years. "Everybody has things that they've Simple floral arrangements, such as three fresh red roses, COmlde- merit the table. Louise Young arranged them with greenery in short, clear glasse She made three arrangements to work well with the three tall candlesti kL In Young's mind, her home has to be just right for the holidays. And arrang- ing things and setting out decorations, creating a special holiday feeling, is a tradition. To Young, the holidays don't just happen. Creating an atmosphere that makes guests feel welcome, and family members feel special, is all part of her plan. From the spicy aroma of blended cinnamon that fills the house, down to other tiny details, Young spends days preparing everything for her favorite time of year. Young enjoys using her Christmas china throughout the month of December, starting her own tradition that has now become a fn'm part of the holidays. Although she now possesses an extensive collection of her favorite pat- tern, she started off with just enough for two. Over the years, she's received place settings and specialty items as gifts. While arranging the table is a spe- cial event for Young, the rest of the house also receives attention. Young believes in standard Christmas colors of red and green for her decor, but she also adds gold to highlight the theme. Gold candlesticks, gold pinecones, gold cord, trim and tassels are found throughout the house as Young spends her time decorating. Showing off strands of gold cord with faceted glass pieces at the ends, she said one year, she will hang them on the tree, but another year they might be used as napkin decorations-- the gold standing out against a deep red or a rich green. But whatever decorations Young is using in her home, the Chrismms tree is always an important focal point. In past years, Young said they used to find their own fresh tree. Locating that perfect tree could take hours as she hunted for one that had all the branches in just the right places. Explaining, she said she's not one to drill holes and add branches. Laughing, she said, they joked "if we could survive that one day,, we could survive another year." Louise Young believes in creating a special feeling fcr her fand guests. Setting the table with patience and a lot of consideration i01 of setu the mee PmsutoUon hnportant and choos right anangumouts--a star napk dng to compkm.mt the starm cNna pattem-- part of the theme. Back at home, decorating the tree Taking out a highly valued generally takes her two to three days. trove of ornaments, Unwrapping each ornament, always them. Beginning with a carefully stored away, takes a good deal ornament, she said they follow the of that time, but the rediscovery and German tradition of hiding the memories are part of the pleasure, at the back of the tree to see Having the tree perfectly in balance fmd it. and pleasing to the eye is impotant. And then there are the When her children were small, that reflect something someone Young said she allowed them to deco- done during the year. These rate the back side of the tree, or she added to the tree and everyone rearranged the decorations around f'md their new ornament. later. Selecting an And while the tree is being done, Jenny worked on the Skunk Young enjoys having the video "It's a summer. Young found a small Wonderful Life," with Jimmy Stewart, wooden train and a cute skunk on the television, or Christmas music attached the skunk to the top of playing, train's cab. "I can't begin to tell you how many Finding another ornament times I've seen that movie," she said. the year that her daughter, Tara, While Young acknowledges that Miss California State, she found a some people like to have theme trees or small, blond angel, removed try different things with their and added it to the tree. Christmas trees each year, she likes to Among the other decorations is have all of her favorite ornaments on, clear glass snail for Young's mot.t plus a few new ones. Tmcmem,