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Outdoor-Christmas-Decor[1]On the day after Thanksgiving my dad would disappear into the attic while I waited at the foot of the ladder for him to bring them down. One by one, I wiped the dust from their crowns. We had the full set in faded plastic, melted in spots from summer storage in the Louisiana heat: Mary, Joseph, three wise men, two sleeping sheep, a donkey with a saddle, and a Baby Jesus in a manger. We lit them with a long orange extension cord plugged into a socket on the side of our house.

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