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Today in Columbia: Christmas Tree Stories Needed

Up today: Christmas house decorations, Christmas tree traditions and a new photo gallery for you to fill.

The Weather:

"Cloudy, with a high near 50. Light and variable wind. Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. South wind between 3 and 6 mph." — The National Weather Service

Have a Christmas Tree Tradition to Share?

I'm looking for a few people to talk to me about their Christmas tree routines.

Can you barely wait until Thanksgiving's over to put it up, or do you wait until Christmas Eve?

Do you swear by an artifical tree or does it have to be the real thing?

Do you decorate with a theme and everything has to be just so, or do you go for a more eclectic look?

I'm more in the eclectic camp, myself. But I will confess to, for a couple of years, decorating my tree with nothing but penguin ornaments, crystal icicles and white lights.

I'm hoping to find some pictures to share.

I'm also hoping to talk to people who come from many different camps of tree decorating. If you'd be willing to share your Christmas tree traditions, please send an email to marge.neal@patch.com.

Deck the House:

Get your house ready for its Christmas (or other winter holiday) closeup!

Patch is holding a national house decoration contest, and we need pictures of your house all dressed up for a winter holiday.

Get the details and find out what you have to do to enter your house.

The grand prize winner 's school district will win $100,000.

Your Neighborhood Gallery:

Check out a new Patch feature that just launched today.

The gallery gives all residents the opportunity to post photographs and videos of life in Columbia — scenery, events, pets, birthday parties and anything else you want to share (family-oriented, of course).

We've added a couple of Columbia shots to get you started.

The rest is up to you!

Community Shout-Out:

A big thank you to Howard County Girls on the Run for ading more pictures to the

Keep them coming!

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Photo Gallery: Girls on the Run

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Early Morning Fire Displaces One Columbia Resident

Your Neighborhood Gallery

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Cindy Stacy December 14, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Our grown kids couldn't believe it the year (2006) we hung our Christmas tree upside down. And quickly discovered you have to flip it first and then decorate it.
Marge Neal (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 03:38 AM
That's funny, Cindy. Give me a call if you want to tell me more! — Marge (410-390-2029)

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