• Melba Par­sons;

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• 69 years old; • Lives in Bay Roberts but from Port de Grave; • Favourite Christ­mas mem­ory — The good things that come in my mind is Christ­mas con­certs and things like that. My dad was in a band, the Orange­men’s band in Port de Grave, and they used to have a pa­rade. After they’d have what they called ‘a time’ at the lodge. And mom cook­ing Christ­mas din­ner, and every­body be­ing around when I was grow­ing up. We didn’t have gifts like they do now. I’m say­ing over and over all the time, I’d like to go back 40 years when we didn’t have much but we had ev­ery­thing. • Favourite Christ­mas present — My first doll. She was or­di­nary, noth­ing spe­cial, but the doll was mine. It was a rag doll with a porce­lain head. There were seven of us in the fam­ily and no big money for any­body. I think I was seven when I got the doll. • Your Christ­mas wish — I have six kids and 11 grand­kids. I’d like to see them all for Christ­mas. It’s not ma­te­rial things you want get­ting older. • What do you miss most about Christ­mas as a child —It was more sim­ple times, and peo­ple vis­ited. You didn’t have to worry about call­ing some­one to say they were com­ing for a visit, ev­ery­one just moved around and vis­ited. • Christ­mas tra­di­tions — Fam­ily vis­its, and hav­ing the grand kids around. Christ­mas day, we go into Barry’s in St. John’s, he usu­ally cooks us all Christ­mas din­ner. Box­ing day, we’re all gath­ered some­where. That’s the best ones for me. • Mean­ing of Christ­mas to you — Ex­actly what it’s sup­posed to be about, the birth of Je­sus. Not about what some peo­ple cel­e­brate. For them, it’s just one big party. • Real or ar­ti­fi­cial tree — Ar­ti­fi­cial, but I would rather a real tree, al­ways. The smell of it and ev­ery­thing, it’s just dif­fer­ent. • Favourite or­na­ment or dec­o­ra­tion for Christ­mas — I have a can­dle­holder from my grand­daugh­ter, she lives in Ed­mon­ton. And the ones Barry got me, a Santa Claus and nut cracker.

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