This wreath is now approximately 43 years old, and though it has some wear and tear, we will likely put it up until it disintegrates. We bought this wreath for our first apartment door when we lived in married student housing at Notre Dame. I am guessing we spent about 79 cents on it, as that was the going price for most of the cardboard decorations at G.L. Perry, a "variety" store in South Bend, Indiana that has gone the way of so many little stores in so many towns. We have a lot of "holiday decor" that originated there for times throughout the year. 😊
Now, you may say to yourself, why would we go out of our way to save this particular item, given all of the times we've moved, and the fact that over the years, we could certainly afford nicer decorations. Well, I have a tendency - and have had it ever since I was a kid - to take really good care of things that I love, and among our various possessions, I really love Christmas decorations, so this has always been packed away with the same care that everything else has been. But unlike the rest of the decorations, which live in containers in the basement, this lives in a large, acid-free folder stored upstairs where our stationery-type things live. So it is easily grab-able on December 1st, and the rule is that Christmastime starts in our house officially when this goes up.
This morning as I took down a cardboard turkey decoration to put this one up, The Tim remarked, "Ah the official Changing of the Holidays."
Sometimes 79 cents is worth more than you think.