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Southington Magazine — Holiday 2019
Southington Magazine
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or so it says in the song. The Christmas season has changed
in our household over the years as the children have grown. There was a time when they were young and
this season was all about gifts, and holiday decorations. My wife, Ellie, would keep a running list of pres-
ents and everyone had to be equal. If everyone had 13 presents and one had 10 it was time to go shopping.
“We need 3 more presents!” On Christmas Eve, after all of the festivities, we would bring all the beautifully
wrapped gifts from the loft above the garage and set up the living room for the morning. I was always
amazed that no one woke up during this ordeal as it seems impossible to quietly carry toys wrapped in
Christmas paper. Christmas morning was exciting as Ellie and I would wait in anticipation. Somehow the children just seemed to sleep and sleep. We would put on Christmas music and turn it way up to get this show going. Alas, all 6 children wake up and find their way downstairs. Of course, no one is allowed in the living room until all are present...then the big reveal! What a sight to see these young children wide-eyed with excitement.
Today the children have grown, and sadly, one has passed. The household does a lottery to see who is buying for whom. Ellie still decorates the inside of the house, but my days of climbing a ladder to light up the house are over. I am delighted to say, however, that the Christmas spirit remains. It’s not really about the gifts. It is much more than that. It is a time when families and loved ones get together. It is a time of giving. We give thanks, we give food and necessities to those in need, and we give of ourselves. We laugh together as we reminisce and we build new memories together. On Christmas morning our whole family will gather at the Dietz house. This now includes spouses, significant others and 2 grandchildren. We will have a feast, we will exchange gifts; but most importantly, we will all be together.
Wherever this holiday season finds you, we at the Southington Magazine hope you are safe, warm, well fed and celebrating together with your loved ones.
Happy Holidays!
FEATURES:
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   Holiday Traditional Then and Now
Have the holidays changed over the years?
Perfectly Seasoned
A humorous perspective of the holiday season
by Patty Boissonneault
A Second Look:
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Fabulous Holiday Offers
White Christmas in the Community (WCC)
34 Leap2Retire
36 Neck & Back Pain Relief Center
WCC Map and Events
Fiftieth Anniversary of the Aqua Turf Club
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Women in Song
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38 Where is it? Contest 42 Where Is It? Winners
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