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By Lane Gwinn
The Times 

Best Christmas tree(s) ever


December 10, 2020

Marvin Gwinn

This is one of my favorite Christmas photographs. It was taken Christmas Eve after we flocked our last minute, grocery store tree. My eldest sister was in what the family called her Kim Novak period. My sister, Gail, and I were in awe of her commitment to fashion.

Growing up, my family loved to find ways to make our Christmas trees unique. Not always successfully or safely. In the sixties, my mother turned one tree into Pop Art bordering on Psychedelic Art. Brightly colored giant paper flowers in orange, pink, and lime green, love beads, and loads of lights covered the tree. It was so mod, reminding us of the 'Joke Wall' on T.V.'s Laugh-In (look it up). We were so excited to plug in the lights and enjoy its grooviness. It took less than four minutes for the tree to spontaneously combust. At least, that is how I remember it.

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