It all began as a typical Christmas get-together for a small group of friends. After a delightful meal of East Coast seafood — lobster and shrimp — and homemade lemon pie, the guests gathered around the blazing fireplace adjacent to the 12-foot Christmas tree.

While sharing after-dinner cocktails, the hostess, Tricia, thought she would enliven the evening’s festivities with a conversation starter. “So, everyone,” she declared, “tell us about your most memorable Christmas ever.”

Mike Fitsko is a retired principal and longtime columnist from New Braunfels.

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