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It is nice to have some cool weather for a change. The lower temperatures seem to get you in the mood for the holidays coming up. There are several reminders about holiday decorating to keep in mind.

Be sure you trim all of your shrubs and trees before putting decorations on them. Just keep in mind that trimming encourages new growth and we don’t want new growth on plants when very cold winter temperatures are coming. So if you trim, do it soon. Also, make sure you check that all of your lights are working before you start putting them up and before you go up the ladder. Try to get needed decorations early, the stores seem to sell out fast. Also, try not to overload any one electrical outlet. If your circuit panel keeps tripping, try decreasing the load or get a professional in to fix the problem.

Be sure to ’foot’ your ladder. Make sure the feet are on level ground and secure. The best thing is to have someone push the ladder into the house while climbing to keep it from sliding out.

Last but not least, is to have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy family, friends and good food. Just remember moderation. All the festive foods can quickly pack on a few inches, making us all a little more jolly than we would like.