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Holiday tablecloth makes great tree skirt

The winner: Tall Christmas trees are also quite wide. And some tree skirts can be quite expensive. I could not find a Christmas tree skirt that was large enough for the base of our tree. So I purchased a pretty red holiday tablecloth that has a design woven in it and is 70 inches round. I made one cut halfway through to the center so that it slides easily under the tree and fully covers the entire base extending below the edge of the tree. It was quite affordable, and as a bonus, launders and stores easily. Trish Schimel, Davidson

Christmas time capsule preserves memories

More than 30 years ago, my wife bought a Reed & Barton Christmas ornament time capsule. It’s about 5 inches long and has the diameter of a quarter. Each year I write a letter about the events of the past 12 months and slip it in with the others. For example, I filled up a page about Hugo in 1986, and 1998 brought my first grandkid in the world. One of these days I will make copies for the family.

George Stiff, Charlotte

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