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On Saturday, Dec. 18, there will be a Santa’s Fire Truck Parade beginning at 10 a.m. (bad weather date is Dec. 19). Usually the progress of the parade is posted on the Stockton Springs Community Builder’s Facebook page or by some of the Select Board members.

Community Library

Art in the Stacks is back for Christmas. They will be showing Chelsea Porter’s altered books, “Binders Keepers,” which will be on display and for sale through Thursday, Dec. 23.

Town Office

The Giving Tree can be found in the upstairs meeting room at the Town Office. This tree allows residents of Stockton who are in need an opportunity to come in and pick up a few things to put under their children’s Christmas tree. Anyone wishing to donate children’s gifts is encouraged to bring the new, unwrapped items to the Town Office Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by Monday, Dec. 20, at the latest. Last year the community helped out 36 children in need. It was incredibly heart-warming. Betsy Bradley can be contacted on the Facebook page for Stockton Springs Talks for more information.

The Town Office will be closed on Monday, Dec. 27, in observance of Christmas, and on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in observance of New Year’s Day. The next recycling date is Thursday, Dec. 23.

The Carols in the Round concert scheduled for Dec. 8 at the Stockton Springs Community Church was postponed because of snow until Friday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. This is always a beautifully done concert, so plan on attending.

Stone Fox Creamery will be closing Thursday, Dec. 23, until next spring and has hot fudge sauce for sale in addition to their ice cream. The jars would make a nice stocking stuffer.

Wreaths Across America convoy rounds the bend at the junction of routes 1 and 1A Dec. 12, on its journey to Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Ellen Holland

Very sorry to hear that the Ayla and Willows stand was robbed the other day. Lots of small businesses use the honor system and it is sad when people are dishonest.

Christmas memories and traditions mean a lot to families and friends. Every group has its own traditions, whether it is watching a certain Christmas movie, baking a particular cookie or candy, eating certain special food for the holidays or making some new memories. In my family we would always go to my grandparents’ home, which was about a half-hour away, on Christmas Day. We always expected certain foods to be there such as cinnamon candy, almond butter crunch candy, and a big turkey dinner. As you can see, as a child, the sweets were most important to me.

My sisters and brother and I were always sad to leave our new toys home but wereallowed to bring a favorite doll or toy. My sisters and my hair were put into curlers so we would have curly hair for any pictures taken on Christmas Day.

When I had my own young family, we drove about half an hour as well to my parent’s home on Christmas Day. My daughter Jennifer’s memory is of us singing “Over the River and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go” on the way.

Enjoy your memories of Christmas past and make some new memories of Christmas present this year.

Thought for the week: “The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” — George Santayana.