Lynn Herring (Lucy, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has a unique family tradition involving special Christmas tree decorations that began when she was a little girl, and that she continues for her own children to this day!
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“My mom started it because we are air force brats, myself and my two sisters,” the actress tells Soaps In Depth. “We lived in 23 places growing up, so every place we lived, she would get an ornament.
“For Puerto Rico, we got cool straw hat ornaments,” Herring continues. “From Nebraska, we had scarecrow ornaments. She would get ones that represented where we lived and write our name on it. For the year I was born, I have one for my dad from Enid, Oklahoma. She started the tradition of giving something important for everywhere we lived.”
It is also a tradition that she has kept alive for her own family that includes husband Wayne Northrop (ex-Roman, DAYS OF OUR LIVES and their two sons, Hank, 25, and Grady, 23.
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“So with the boys, Wayne and I did the same thing. Everybody gets an ornament for something they took up that year,” Herring reveals. “So they’d better start something if they don’t want to have a dud ornament!
“Last year, I drove the Red Cross truck, so I have a little Red Cross truck from last year,” she confides. “Wayne is kind of stuck with cowboys and cows. It’s pretty western.”
However, while this is a beautiful tradition that celebrates the various accomplishments of the entire family over time, there is just one little problem: “The tree has to be so big to fit all these ornaments on it that you can’t even see the fireplace sometimes,” Herring laughs. “We’ve gotten a bit out of control!”
Take a look back at Lynn’s history on GH in our special flashback gallery below!
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