Trees bring joy to home

The tour continued with a treasure trove of ornaments of teddy bears, children's toys, gold and glitter, angels and butterflies in the master bedroom and "Memories of Avon," a tree that was decorated entirely of Avon products.

The Rossi's guests voted on their favorite tree and "Joy from the Sea" decorated entirely of seashells was the winner. Richard drilled a small hole in each shell so AnnMarie could hang them.

Hung from the large wildlife tree in the family room were numerous hunting and fishing ornaments. The tree topper, a deer rack.

"It's going to be fun putting all this away," Richard beamed. He contributed to the decorating process. Many of the ornaments on the wildlife tree were gifts given to him.

AnnMarie said she and Richard both like to cook and have been doing a lot more entertaining these days.

"We've always had parties. We just have more now," AnnMarie said. "It's a very sad time for a lot of people. Doing things helps you get through it. I like to be around people."

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