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Christmas is about friendship and food for longtime local MP

Christmas is about friendship and food for longtime local MP

Bruce Stanton has fond memories of family gatherings; Food and family always trumped gifts, but model rocket was a memorable present for youngster
Beloved book part of special Christmas tradition for library CEO

Beloved book part of special Christmas tradition for library CEO

In wake of mom's death, dad birthed new Christmas traditions - traditions that continue many decades later for Orillia family
Ugly golden reindeer holds special memories for Jill Dunlop

Ugly golden reindeer holds special memories for Jill Dunlop

Trip to the mall with her beloved grandfather, finding the perfect gift for grandma, remains a special Christmas memory for local MPP
Simplest things often the greatest Christmas gifts: OSMH CEO

Simplest things often the greatest Christmas gifts: OSMH CEO

Family sleigh ride in Oro-Medonte proved to be a memorable experience - despite the snow and cold of a wintry night
Each ornament evokes a special memory of Christmas for city councillor

Each ornament evokes a special memory of Christmas for city councillor

Decorations, Christmas Village, special goblets and plates and nativity scenes fill Pat Hehn's family home with memories and tradition
For military family, Christmas is about being together ... wherever that may be

For military family, Christmas is about being together ... wherever that may be

Kevin Gangloff, director of the Orillia Youth Centre, grew up in a military family that meant Christmas was not always celebrated in December. But it was always celebrated and always special. This is his story.
Grandma held court with a cigarette in one hand, a Labatt 50 in the other!

Grandma held court with a cigarette in one hand, a Labatt 50 in the other!

Matriarch of Lloyd family clan was the centre of Christmas celebrations for multiple generations of local family for many years
Recalling the magic of Christmas on Christian Island

Recalling the magic of Christmas on Christian Island

Tracks in the snow on the roof of family's little house were evidence that Santa and his reindeer had visited
Christmas Eve blizzard snowballed into a tradition for mayor's family

Christmas Eve blizzard snowballed into a tradition for mayor's family

Guided by The Shepherd, the family found its way home and, in the process, discovered a story that has become a talisman of sorts
Good morning, Orillia!

Good morning, Orillia!

Mainly cloudy with light winds.