Munschauer gives a piece of himself each holiday season

If you’re fortunate enough to be one of the 56 people on Dr. Tom Munschauer’s Christmas card list, you’ve just received a small sampling of his creative oeuvre: A watercolor painting depicting a wondrous winter scene. He’s been creating them each holiday for the past 42 years.

Candlelight service to be held Saturday, Dec. 23, in Starksboro

The Starksboro Village Meeting House will offer its special Christmas Candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023, at 7 p.m. The program of lessons and carols will be led by Michael Blakeslee. Abigail Johnson is the pianist. All are welcome.

Guest editorial: Yes, Virginia

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.

Lights glow one final time for holiday display

For the past 30 years, Wayne and Diane Smith’s light show has been a hallmark of the holiday season in Addison County.

Jessie Raymond: Not enough stress? Make candy!

Are you looking at the few remaining hours before Christmas thinking, “What else can I squeeze into this already frenetic week to add even more chaos to the holidays?”

Letter to the editor: Christmas is about more than gifts

Christmastime has become like the old wood in the 1800s farmhouse the new owner of which decides to paint it so that it can look different and be more up to date. It is still there, but it takes some effort to find it.

Faith Gong: A nearsighted holiday

As I am writing this there are nine days left until Christmas, and we still don’t have a Christmas tree.

Historic Starksboro Meeting House hosts candlelight service

The Starksboro Village Meeting House will once again offer its special Christmas Candlelight service, this year on Friday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m.

Letter to the editor: Wreath thief has no Christmas spirit

To the person/persons who stole a Christmas wreath form the Preble stone in the Middlebury Cemetery, I wish you peace.

Many make Toys for Kids successful

The Vergennes Lions Club reports that over 250 children of all ages received at least two toys at their Toys for Kids Shop, held this December thanks to Long Trail on the Falls Physical Therapy owner Michael DiPalermo and administrative assistant Lynn Bri … (read more)

State officials forecast Christmas COVID surge

So far only a handful of Vermonters have tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19, state health officials said on Dec. 21. But that won’t be true for long.

The Outside Story: Balsam Fir — A Favorite Christmas Tree

Every year my husband and I cut a Christmas tree on family land. We look for a young balsam fir growing in the power line right-of-way or in a forest clearing. Fir is our favorite type of Christmas tree because of its delightful, pungent fragrance. While … (read more)

Jessie Raymond: No shame in starting Christmas early

It was Saturday, Nov. 27. I asked Mark to take a circuitous route, so people wouldn’t suspect where we were going. He declined, instead driving straight to the Christmas tree farm.

Christmas tree shortage less severe here than elsewhere

As the 2021 Christmas tree season got under way, a Vermont wholesaler that sells to out-of-state markets approached the folks at Werner Tree Farm in Middlebury and offered to buy their entire stock for $60 a tree — well above the retail price.

Forest service offering Christmas tree permits

U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont are welcoming the public to select and cut a Christmas tree on the Green Mountain National Forest with the purchase of a $5 permit.