Bay Roberts

The Compass - - PORTHTE -

Wade Oates, the new­est mem­ber Bay Roberts town coun­cil, has many fond mem­o­ries of Christ­mas grow­ing up in Bay Roberts dur­ing the late 60s and early 70s.

“Lead­ing up to the big day, I re­mem­ber go­ing to the town’s Santa C laus pa­rades and skat­ing on the lo­cal ponds,” he said.

Oates told The Com­pass it was an ex­cit­ing time for him­self and his sis­ters. They wo u l d get so ex­cited on Christ­mas Eve that “mom and dad al­lowed us to open one gift be­fore go­ing to bed.”

He said there is an­other fam­ily Christ­mas Eve tra­di­tion that he con­tin­ues to share with his boys to­day.

“We would lis­ten, as a fam­ily, to The Night Be­fore Christ­mas record, there were no CD’S back then,” he said. “I still lis­ten to it oc­ca­sion­ally with my boys dur­ing the an­nual kids’ Christ­mas party with my ex­tended fam­ily.”

Oates said he would wake up early Christ­mas Day and “raced to the Christ­mas tree with my sis­ters.”

“We opened our gifts as a fam­ily, skipped break­fast and ate junk food from our stock­ings be­fore sit­ting down to Christ­mas din­ner to­gether and played with our new toys for the rest of the day.”

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