The Holidays

Submitted 2 years ago
Created by
Dave Nelson

The Lebanon Times dispatched our “roving reporter” to take the pulse of the city concerning the Thanksgiving and winter holiday season. Family, friends, and food prevailed as the top responses. Here is the word on the street about the holidays.

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Andrew Robel, North Country Auto

“The holidays have always, first and foremost, meant putting family first without a doubt. Of course being fed with all the great food is something to look forward to as well. We always have some blend of family members, but sometimes have to have two Thanksgiving and two Christmas celebrations.”

Duane Vielleux, Flanders & Patch Ford

“We always have to gather with family at my house. Having the kids and grandchildren here is a must and it’s been that way for years. I enjoy the Christmas holiday best because it brings so much joy and happiness watching the kids. Just a wonderful thing to look forward to.”

Denise Holden, CCBA

“It is very hard to get the family together for the holidays. My husband Bruce and I have two sons, one in Maine and one in New York. One son is in the retail business and the other the medical field, so it’s hard for us to all be together. I have always loved Christmas and it is a very special time even if it’s just my husband and me together.”

Peter Talbot, Quail Hollow Senior Community

“We are one of those spread out families. We have two grown children, one in Connecticut and one in Colorado, so it’s very difficult to all be together. Usually we spend the holidays in low-key fashion with just me and my wife after all these years. However, we really enjoy sharing the season with the folks here at Quail Hollow. That makes the holidays even better.”

Teri Spencer, Owner of Point of View

“We opened this retail store in Lebanon one year ago, so I have to spend a lot of my time in the shop helping folks find that special gift for the holidays. My husband and I had always traveled during the holidays. As a matter of fact, he is going to the Bahamas this year, but I will stay behind to run the business. However, there is just something very, very special about the holidays here in New England having grown up in the south.”

Paul Coats, Lebanon Recreation and Parks Director

“One of the things I enjoy most about Christmas is helping the city decorate Colburn Park on the first Saturday of December. That is such a nice event to be involved with for the holidays. My wife and I will spend the holidays together, but we make a point to help out with all the dinners and activities at the Sacred Heart Church here in Lebanon. That is something I especially enjoy.”

Allison Rogers Furbish, The Lebanon Times

“One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is bake—especially potato rolls for all the holiday feasts, and Christmas cookies, which I often do with my sister. I’ve also always enjoyed visiting the Christmas lights at La Salette shrine just over the border in Enfield. We used to go see them when I was a kid, and now I look forward every year to taking my children—along with a thermos of hot cocoa! Last year we were there early enough to see the lights as they were illuminated for the evening. It was extra magical.”


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