Around Christmas, the gym became a hive of elfin activity, as we set up for the Christmas gift shop (many a candy cane wearing felt reindeer antlers were bought and given), concerts, and to decorate the largest tree the room could accommodate. It stood in the corner, and I am still sentimental thinking about the sweetness of the tree-trimming hierarchy. The youngest kinds handed over the ornaments to the older kids, who passed them to the oldest, perched on the ladders around the tree, hanging them on the branches they could reach.
I had a few things on my Must-Do list for this holiday hometown trip to Oneonta. Happily they are all still here. The wonderfully invigorated downtown. The memorable cold cheese pizza at Sal’s. St. Mary’s. The Fly Creek Cider Mill. All of these “friendly ghosts” from my past (and many others) welcomed me home with open arms. And that was nice. Happy Holidays Oneonta.”
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