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Lighting up the holiday season

Matt Bees has loved the Christmas season for a long time . . . especially all those glittering, gleaming, glowing decorations that are such an integral part of the holiday for many of us.

"When I was a little kid my grandmother would let me help her decorate the tree.

Later, I started doing the decorations on my own," says Matt, son of Les and Rhonda Bees of the Starlington community in the Southwestern sector of Butler County.

Currently a student at LBW, Matt hopes to one day major in interior architecture.

Between classes and schoolwork this animated and artistic young man has put in quite a few hours working on his family's holiday dcor.

The Bees home has no less than four trees scattered throughout its interior, each decorated with its own theme.

"We have a pheasant' tree in our den-Karen Rainey of Thomas Sanderson Antiques was a big help to me with that one-and there's a snow' tree in the guest room.

My bedroom has a red and gold tree . . . and there's the big family' tree", explains Matt. He adds, "We have all the collectibles and hand-me-downs' from over the years on the family tree plus those old-fashioned big C-7 and bubble' lights . . . we can see it [the tree] from our dining room table while we eat.

It's fun sitting there looking at it and reliving all those Christmas memories."

The Bees haven't forgotten their feathered friends, either. "On the Matt Bees has loved the Christmas season for a long time . . . especially all those glittering, gleaming, glowing decorations that are such an integral part of the holiday for many of us.

"When I was a little kid my grandmother would let me help her decorate the tree.

Later, I started doing the decorations on my own," says Matt, son of Les and Rhonda Bees of the Starlington community in the Southwestern sector of Butler County.

Currently a student at LBW, Matt hopes to one day major in interior architecture.

Between classes and schoolwork this animated and artistic young man has put in quite a few hours working on his family's holiday dcor.

The Bees home has no less than four trees scattered throughout its interior, each decorated with its own theme.

"We have a pheasant' tree in our den-Karen Rainey of Thomas Sanderson Antiques was a big help to me with that one-and there's a snow' tree in the guest room.

My bedroom has a red and gold tree . . . and there's the big family' tree", explains Matt. He adds, "We have all the collectibles and hand-me-downs' from over the years on the family tree plus those old-fashioned big C-7 and bubble' lights . . . we can see it [the tree] from our dining room table while we eat.

It's fun sitting there looking at it and reliving all those Christmas memories."

The Bees haven't forgotten their feathered friends, either. "On the