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Letter: A Wonderful Holiday Tradition

To the Editor:

Year after year, the Christmas Mystery is a highlight of the holiday season in the Upper Valley.

It is one of the oldest Christmas observances in New England and a great way to get into the holiday spirit. After enjoying a Christmas Mystery performance with friends, family and the community, one is filled with the true meaning of the season, which is the joy of coming together in the spirit of giving.

The 2012 Christmas Mystery Committee generously gave its time, energy and many talents to organize, plan and maintain the long tradition of the Christmas Mystery. Students, community members and parents rehearsed and performed together to enact the story of Christmas in such a special and meaningful way, all under the expert direction of our director, Kay Morton, and Jane Woods, our music director. We were lucky to have Mark Harley as our organist and Dan Grossman as our photographer. Our host, Dartmouth College, was wonderful, helpful and instrumental in making the Mystery happen.

We are grateful to the Upper Valley community for its extraordinary generosity in giving gifts at the manger during this year’s performances. Children from the Upper Valley Haven were the primary beneficiaries of the gifts, and a few were distributed to the remaining clients at Hannah House. Your financial donations allow this annual tradition to be free and open to all, as well as enable The Mystery to offer a monetary donation to the Haven.

We thank all who participated, performed, contributed and attended the 96th annual Christmas Mystery.

Jan Sayles

Elizabeth Young

2012 Co-Chairwomen, Christmas Mystery Committee