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“What is your favorite holiday memory?”

To help celebrate the joy of the season, The Colletonian reporters asked many of our community leaders and residents to share with you their favorite holiday memory. Here are their answers. Merry Christmas!

“What is your favorite holiday memory?”

Betty Hudson, Clerk for the City of Walterboro
“This was one year Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday that it snowed in Walterboro, which is very rare.”

Walterboro Police Chief Wade Marvin:
“One of my fondest holiday memories would be our tradition of picking out a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving and decorating it with my wife and children. I love helping my children write their letters to Santa and then seeing their faces on Christmas morning when their Christmas list come to life.”

Lt. Amye Stivender, a police officer and spokeswoman for the Walterboro Fire Department and Walterboro Police Department: “One of my favorite holiday memories was when I was a little girl, I remember helping my great grandmother, Georgie Stivender, decorate the Christmas tree while making pecan sands and divinity fudge. I distinctly remember the smell of her cooking and the pure sense of awe as I admired the beautiful glass ornaments she had collected throughout the years. I could never accurately describe the sense of joy that a small moment gave me.”

Ladson Fishburne, community activist, and Walterboro City Councilman:
“My favorite memory is Christmas caroling with my family and friends in Forest Hills. As a much younger boy at the time, I would always cover my hands in candle wax as we walked to the next house. I was always tasked with knocking on the door and then sprint back to the group before the door opened. I remember the smiles when they opened the door.”

Barry McRoy, chief/director of Colleton County Fire-Rescue:
“It was Christmas 2015. My brother, Mark, announced at our family Christmas gathering that we would be adding a new member to our family. The child would be his daughter’s first child, making the baby his first grandchild, of course, my parent’s first great-grandchild. In August the following year, we welcomed Rivers, who is now a rambunctious 3-1/2-year-old.”

Iris Hill, administrator for The Town of Edisto Beach:
“My favorite memories …. coming from a large family, my favorite memory is Christmas morning reading the birth of Jesus in the Bible and then that night everyone piling in the family van to ride around and look at Christmas lights while singing Christmas carols.

Cokeitha Gaddist, a freelance reporter for The Colletonian who is seeking her Ph. D.
“My mother was in the Army and deployed on most holidays. My most memorable holiday was Christmas when she came home from deployment. It was the best Christmas memory of my childhood. She brought me a pair of roller-skates and every time I put on a pair of skates I remember that very first Christmas I spent with my mother.”

Mandy Hathcock, Owner/Publisher of The Colletonian
“My favorite Christmas memories are those spent with my children and grandchildren. The excitement on their faces is priceless.”

Nicki Maxey, Advertising Manager for The Colletonian
“My favorite Christmas memories are from when my children were young. Wrapping gifts and placing them under the tree late at night was one of my favorite things. Then seeing the kid’s faces when they walk in and see all the gifts on Christmas morning. The look on their little faces will always hold a special place in my heart.”

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