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Ilove the hol­i­days, I al­ways have. From my ear­li­est days of walk­ing along Para­mus Road in late au­tumn to pick up pinecones that had fallen from the gi­ant trees to make dec­o­ra­tions, I re­mem­ber the hol­i­days with fond­ness.

I re­mem­ber my mother and grand­mother sit­ting in the kitchen, break­ing up all of the bread into pieces to make stuff­ing for the turkey. I re­mem­ber the turnips (I love them!), the mashed pota­toes, the Brus­sels sprouts, and even the chest­nuts that my mother would roast in the oven. I was never much for the canned cran­berry sauce, but oh how my five sib­lings fought over it. Then, of course, there was the home­made ap­ple pie. My mother never seemed to mas­ter the art of the bot­tom crust, but we loved it just the same. I was a kid in the 1960s. I watched

A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas when it first aired. I wore a stock­ing cap and pea coat and walked to the Ridge­wood Duck Pond with my ice skates. We had a fake tree that was show­ered with lights and gar­lands from Christ­mas City in Para­mus. My par­ents would wake us up at dawn on Christ­mas morn­ing with the big movie cam­era lights blind­ing us as we at­tacked our piles of presents.

Each of us has spe­cial mem­o­ries of the hol­i­days – from Thanks­giv­ing to Hanukkah, to Christ­mas and New Year’s, even to the Epiphany, which sig­nals the end of the sea­son. No mat­ter which of the hol­i­days you cel­e­brate, they have one very im­por­tant thing in com­mon. They all revolve around one thing – fam­ily.

From all of us at (201) Fam­ily, we wish you a happy and joy­ful hol­i­day sea­son.


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