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Wreath-makers continue family tradition

Posted: December 18, 2012 5:38 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Jim Robinson (front) and James Robinson make wreaths.

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This time of year, you’ll find beautifully-crafted Christmas wreaths on display at the corner of Laurens and Lyttleton streets. 

Jim Robinson said he started making the wreaths more than 50 years ago with his uncle. His cousins, Jerry and Henry Robinson, also decided join in shortly after Jim took up the trade.

“During that time wreaths went for about 50 cents,” Robinson said.

He said the wreaths are made from clippings of cedar trees, pine cones and holly collected from family-owned land. Each wreath is made by hand and now costs between $25 and $35.

The cousins sit atop buckets and work diligently during the weeks leading up to Christmas.      

“Most customers say that it makes them feel like it is Christmastime when we are out here” said Robinson.

The three men hope to continue the legacy by passing on their wreath making skills to Jim Robinson’s nephew, Terrell McClendon, 21, who has recently shown an interest in learning the craft.

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