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Almost two decades ago, I found some adorable faux-grass reindeer in a craft store that I absolutely fell in love with. I was going through some rough personal stuff just as the holiday season hit and I wasn't looking forward to Christmas at all, but these silly reindeer (that cost close to nothing), helped me smile when I really didn't feel like even getting up some mornings. It seems silly to me in some ways that something so insignificant could change my outlook, but I recall quite vividly that they always put me in a better mood. I put them out every year after that first one, and while in some ways they reminded me of a tough time, more importantly, they helped me remember that the holiday's can be fun, and that there is always something good in life. I truly treasured these little reindeer, and every time I put them out, I would smile. They were one of the few decorations that made me happy every time I saw them all sitting together. Unfortunately, I lost them several years ago (another story, for another time), and was never able to find any that I loved as much. That memory of those little reindeer lives on though, and every year I think of them fondly, knowing that an inanimate object really did help me through a difficult holiday season.
While I realize not everyone has such a tale of a particular holiday item, I think many of us have a special personal or decorative holiday item that we look forward to seeing, wearing, or using this time of year. For this giveaway, please share your favorite personal or decorative holiday item in the comments, and briefly why this item is special to you. Contest #2 begins now and continues until Monday, December 19, 2011 at 4 p.m. MST. I will once again use the time stamp from the comment submission form as the cut off point. The gift for this round is a $50 gift certificate to (winner's choice) either Rivendell Bicycle Works or REI. Please do read all of the rules here before entering. Good luck, and I look forward to reading about your favorite holiday item and what makes it special to you.