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Clippings: My parents know the value of quality time

Posted on December 23, 2014 |
By John McCright



Dear Mom and Dad,

It’s Sunday night, a few days before Christmas, and we’ve been scurrying around getting things ready for the holiday — cleaning, wrapping gifts … Sarah and the girls took a sled down to the brook and collected pine boughs, then they decorated the house, made it look and smell like a festival. I spent half the day in the office getting things ready to take a day off.

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Matt Dickerson: Expectations and change

Posted on December 22, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



The Christmas season is a time of expectations. For many, Christmas morning is when those expectations are fulfilled. Or not.

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Lights, camera, Christmas! Local man writes TV movies for Hallmark

Posted on December 19, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The next time you watch one of those made-for-TV Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, realize that the idea and dialogue were more than likely the creations of Middlebury resident Kevin Commins.

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Salisbury home a beacon for the holidays

Posted on December 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — If Santa Claus and his reindeer lose their way over Addison County on Christmas Eve and are having trouble finding Salisbury, there will be no need to panic. All they have to do is scan below for a sight that may even be visible from outer space: Wayne and Diane Smith’s residence at 44 North Pond Road.

It is home to one of the most festive and illuminated outdoor holiday displays in the region.

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Jessie Raymond: Merry Christmas — now go buy stuff

Posted on December 16, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



A hundred years ago, Christmas shopping was a snap. You’d buy an orange and a handful of walnuts for each of the kids, a silk handkerchief or a pouch of pipe tobacco for the spouse, and bang, you were done. No Black Friday madness, no anxiety about the January Visa bill, no Christmas Eve runs to the Hammacher Schlemmer section of T.J. Maxx to grab Dad an electronic golf ball case (on the off chance he starts playing golf this year).

Times have changed.

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Middlebury Garden Club decks out the Ilsley Library

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — After having decorated the Middlebury Community House for the holidays for many years, this year the Middlebury Garden Club decorated the Ilsley Library with the thought that more people would get to enjoy the decorations.

The Better Middlebury Partnership donated the two beautiful wreaths hung on the two large pillars in front of the library. Doug Sinclair of the Sinclair Family Tree Farm donated an enormous tree, which is decorated in red and gold with the theme “The Holidays Take Flight.”

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Live Nativity in Bristol to celebrate the first Christmas

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Members of the public are invited to come and experience the story of the first Christmas when churches in the five-town area host a live Nativity in Bristol later this month.

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Festive holiday activities this weekend in Bristol, Vergennes and Middlebury

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — The holiday happenings kick into high gear in Bristol, Vergennes and Middlebury this weekend as all three of the county’s largest towns host many activities related to Christmas and the holidays.

From chocolate and caroling to Santa and shopping, there are events planned to suit just about everyone’s taste.

Check out the stories and listings below and then head out on the town and enjoy some fun with your friends and neighbors this weekend.

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Jessie Raymond: Christmas memories color reality

Posted on December 3, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



One of my favorite holiday traditions is putting up the Christmas tree.

It’s the same every year: One day in December we head out to the tree farm, where we tromp through the freshly fallen snow until we find the perfect tree. We cut it, tie it to the roof of the car and sing “Jingle Bells” all the way home.

We set up the tree in the corner of the living room, drape it with lights and decorate it, drinking hot cocoa while holiday music plays in the background.

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Vergennes Holiday Stroll will help you get into the spirit

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Holiday spirit will be bubbling over in the Little City of Vergennes this season starting off with the ninth annual Holiday Stroll this Saturday, Dec. 6. The month of December will see many activities in Vergennes to keep people in the holiday frame of mind.

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