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Unique Family Christmas Traditions

Unique Family Christmas Traditions - Each year, Beth Nettles lights a Christmas tree in the window in memory of her mother.

Dorothy Cromer Taylor wasn’t one to decorate much, herself.

But she wanted a small, white, artificial tree. Once her children were grown and gone, she found one.

“I remember when she bought it, she couldn’t wait to tell me about it,” said Nettles, 57. “It was just very special to her.”

Unique Family Christmas Traditions

The tree, dating to the early 1970s, was displayed each Christmas in the window of Taylor’s Irmo home.

In 1992, she died, and the older of her two daughters inherited the tabletop tree.

“For several years, I really didn’t know what to do with it,” Nettles said.

Then she realized the four-foot tree would fit nicely in her second-story bay window.

Nettles lives in a Queen Anne Victorian home in Camden. Unlike her mother, she enjoys decorating for the holidays.

One of her hobbies has become collecting vintage Christmas ornaments for her mother’s little tree. She looks for pre-World War II ornaments that would have been in vogue when her mother was a girl.

“I’m just enchanted with them,” Nettles said.

The tree has become a little bedraggled over the years. Its white arms have turned a shade of amber.

Unique Family Christmas Traditions


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