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Aikenites gear up for Christmas decorating

November 27, 2018

Christmas is now less than a month away, and on Friday, many in Aiken woke up out of their turkey slumber to find their perfect Christmas tree.

Some, like Nivardo Vivar Jr. and his dad, Nivardo Vivar Sr., headed to Rick’s Produce to find a really big tree for the family. The Vivars have a live tree every year, they said, and planned to start decorating after they took the tree home Friday. Vivar Jr. said the whole family pitches in on the decorating, and helps decide what the color scheme is each year.

Another pair of tree hunters, Gail and Larry Vaughn, haven’t had a live tree in about 15 years, but this Christmas is special.

“I’ll have all four of my grandbabies together, and it’s the first Christmas that I’ll have all four of them,” Gail said, “This is the first year in probably 15 years that I’ve put up a live tree. Christmas is very special to us. There’s nothing like a live tree in a house, there’s not, you can’t replace it.”

Gail said their grandchildren range from an almost 1-year-old to a 5-year-old, and she wants to make sure this Christmas is a special one for them.

“I want the house to smell like Christmas and there’s nothing like a Christmas tree,” she said. With the smell of the tree, plus the smell of Christmas supper cooking, Gail said she can achieve the aroma and delight of Christmas.

Christopher Daniel with Rick’s Produce said they have been open since Nov. 15, but the weekend after Thanksgiving is usually the busiest of the year for them.

“It’s just like Christmas is here now, it’s coming,” Vaughn said.

Rick’s Produce is located on 2352 Whiskey Road across from Target.

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