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My name is Allison, and I'm addicted to holidays.

Yes I realize it sounds ridiculous, but it's true. I have an illness. My heart skips a beat when I step into a department store to see rows of jack-o-lanterns shining their toothless grins down on me. The day after Thanksgiving, when the Christmas tree goes up, is almost too much for me to take.

And I know I'm not alone. At least, I hope not.

The reason I believe holidays mean so much to so many people - besides the obvious religious and commemorative reasons - is because they stir positive emotions. Who out there cringes when they think of Christmas day or spreads the checkered blanket on the ground on the Fourth of July, sits down to watch the fireworks and mutters under their breath?

Unless you're Chandler Bing, I think you'd agree. (For those of you out there that didn't catch that Friends reference, I apologize.)

Now, I'm not saying that all holiday memories are positive ones - I'm still trying to get over the traumatic Christmas day when I entered my parents' room and exclaimed, "I can't WAIT to see what Santa brought!" only to hear my younger sister list everything she'd seen under the tree when she secretly checked everything out. I'm just implying that, when you think back on Thanksgivings past, it's likely the good feelings will come back, too.

And that's precisely why when I get home from work today, the second thing I'll do is unload the huge Rubbermaid box from my storage room, pick out all things Fall-related and transform my home into an autumn oasis. (The first thing I have to do is let the dog out.)

Below, I'll list a few Web sites I've found that have some good decorating ideas for Halloween/Fall. I will warn you, though, that I'm more a fan of cute decor, rather than the type that resembles a zombie that may or may not have its head intact. So if you're looking for the gruesome and gory, these probably aren't the sites for you.

crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/halloween/

http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/halloween_ms_crafts/

http://www.familymanagement.com/holidays/halloween/party.ideas.html