JOHN SHEEHAN Har­bour Grace

The Compass - - PORTHTE -

“What are my favourite Christ­mas mem­o­ries? I’d have to say that these days I have an ar­ti­fi­cial tree, and that for me it’s prob­a­bly a ne­ces­sity.

“See, I’m not much of an out­doors type. Send me in the woods with an axe or a saw, and the am­bu­lance bet­ter be a four- wheel drive. Still, when my fa­ther, my sis­ter, and I went in to look for a per­fect tree that was al­ways a great time. In­evitably, my fa­ther would pick out not a tree, but the top of a tree. He al­ways did that even though, from ex­pe­ri­ence, we knew it wasn’t go­ing to end well.

“These days my favourite thing is hav­ing the kids go on quests to find their big presents. We don’t make it easy as they have to fol­low clues and rid­dles from our tree, to the neigh­bour’s liv­ing room, to our shed, and who knows where else? They get a laugh, and we love the looks on their faces as they solve the hunt.”

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