Forty plus folks gathered in South Upton on Saturday for the Brown's annual Christmas party/auction. It was great fun and good food. Steve and Deb Furlong from Standish, and their daughter, Andrea, from Los Angeles, left their car at Joe's and Penny's and walked up. Just past Bernier's, at 2 in the afternoon, a coyote sat on a little knoll and watched them walk by. The Furlongs accepted the offer of a ride to their car when they left at dusk. There are too many coyotes around here at all times of the day and night. We have coyote tracks all around our house and into our driveway.
For us, one of the greatest parts of the day was introducing our new daughter-in-law, Amy Bergeron, to friends and family. On Sunday, we had all three of the kids and their spouses (in Ben's case, his girlfriend) home for our family Christmas. We got lots of coal for Christmas!
Ahhh... Upton's snow has returned in time for Christmas.
The Ladies Aid Association members have made preliminary plans and set dates for the annual sliding/skating party and an Italian supper in February. In March, Krys Bernier will be chairperson of a carnival. That activity is a first for the group and we're all excited about it. More info later.
Have you been to the Upton House for their socializing and coffee time yet? It's a welcome addition to this little town, having such a gathering place -- similar to the chairs and stools that used to be gathered around the wood stoves in the general store.
According to The Yankee Trivia Book by Pete Farrow, the word "Yankee" came from the Indians' attempt to pronounce anglais, the French word for English. One Abenaki Indian said it meant "rude stinker." Its use as a suffix for "damned" is confined to Southerners and overcharged summer complaints.
I hope that each of you has a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. Selah