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Live animals bring Christmas story to life

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — On Christmas Eve a Middlebury church will host its most unusual parishioners of the year, as Smarty, Jackson, Sven, William Tell and Lulu take their place in St. Stephen’s eagerly awaited Christmas pageant.

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A walk in the woods yields more than a 'perfect' Christmas tree

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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RIPTON — This year, given the dismal rain and unseasonably warm weather, we needed a different sort of adventure for getting our family Christmas tree, so we plunked down $5 at the National Forest ranger station in Middlebury and headed into the hills.

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Operation Christmas Child accepting boxes for needy kids this week

Posted on November 17, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



Locations in Middlebury and Vergennes this week become local drop-off points for the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child. During National Collection Week, Nov. 16-23, each location will collect shoeboxes packed with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement from generous area donors.

This year, local project coordinators hope to collect 7,450 shoebox gifts to deliver to children in need overseas.

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Jessie Raymond: 'Nothing' is best Christmas gift ever

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



Between noon on Thursday, Dec. 25, and 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, I accomplished nothing.

I therefore count this as the best Christmas ever.

Unlike most families, we don’t do much after Christmas morning, which we spend opening gifts, drinking coffee and devouring a braided cinnamon Christmas bread like zombies eating brains.

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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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