A Christmas tradition

As a result of the devastating storm that swept through central Maine on December 18, 2023, which knocked out power and internet service, the following story could not be published at that time. Here is the annual Christmas tradition from an area family:

by Janet Cole

One mid-1980s Christmas we got our youngsters a Commodore 64. Wanting them to socialize with our dinner guests, this gift wasn’t put under the tree until everyone had left (and our kids had fallen asleep.)

The next morning, our three rush into our bedroom announcing a “mystery gift” under the tree. It was received with such delight that it became our tradition.

One gift, for the whole family, appears under the tree on December 26. It’s been as simple as a board game and as elaborate as a ping pong set with ribbons leading to a ping pong table in the basement.

Happy Holidays…however you celebrate!


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