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December 23, 2013

Local people share their memories of Christmas

PLATTSBURGH — Kathryn Brown’s favorite Christmas gift came both in a very small box and a very big box. 

The Morrisonville resident was given the gift by her grandfather on Christmas Day, 1977.

It was packed away in what Brown remembers as a “gigantic box.” Both she and her sister were told that they had gifts waiting for them inside the box.

Yet, when the sisters opened the box, they found another box. Inside that was hidden another box, which held another box.

“I remember my sister and I laughing while opening box after box,” Brown said.

In the end, after opening what Brown remembers was at least 10 boxes, the sisters found the real gift: a pair of necklaces.

Brown remembered the necklaces as being nice but ordinary and said the real gift was the mystery of the packaging.


Another favorite Christmas memory that Brown has was watching that appreciation for gift wrap pass down to her young nephews.

During many recent Christmas mornings, she said, her nephews would eagerly unwrap the gifts beneath the tree, only to then turn their attention to the empty boxes and shredded wrapping paper.

Using their imaginations, the young boys would turn the packaging into something just as entertaining as the toys the boxes had held.

“The bigger the box, the better toy it was,” Brown said.


For Frances Ryan of Plattsburgh, the best Christmas memory was not about a gift but about her childhood Christmas trees.

Each Christmas Eve, Ryan and her six siblings would go to Mass before coming home and being sent to bed. While they were asleep, Santa would not only deliver presents and eat cookies but also take time to decorate the tree.

Though her family would put the lights on earlier in the month, it wasn’t until Christmas morning that Ryan and her six siblings would come out to find the tree covered in ornaments.

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