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Sag Harbor has a Christmas tree floating in a pond and so does East Hampton, but Water Mill has the beautiful, huge lighted Christmas tree “floating” in a farm field on Seven Ponds Road. It’s simply beautiful at night and makes us smile every time we drive past.

A call for holiday grist—anecdotes, holiday memories, wishes for the season—went out via e-mail to those in my address book that I know live in our hamlet and a few sent replies.

From my neighbor Sharon Wood: “This year seems to be a back to the basics kind of year for a lot of people. I remember moving onto Farmstead in late November 1992 just a month before Christmas. We bought a balled Christmas tree that year because trees were what we were all in desperate need of. That tree did not last, but the memory of being so happy to own our own home with our two babies in a great neighborhood is one of my fondest Christmas memories.

“Those babies are now restless teens, one in the midst of the college application process. It is amazing how fast time goes and how lucky we are to have family, friends, and such a nice place for our children to spend their Christmases.”

By the way, there are now three “babies” at the Wood household. Keara was born since the Woods moved to Water Mill.

Gary Beeber wrote: “It might be hard for some to believe that people are going hungry in the Hamptons, but it’s a reality. I’ve started working with the Sag Harbor Food Pantry that feeds more than 900 people a month. The pantry distributes fresh food, and a family in need can get enough food to help get them through a week.

“Our neighbors have been very generous. Before they closed for the season, Water Mill’s Green Thumb donated a van full of vegetables. The food bank is open on Tuesdays at the Old Whalers’ Church; for more information, call 725-0894.”

Rachel Verno wishes that her friend and Water Mill resident Steven Gorman finds success at his new venture here in Water Mill. She wrote, “Steven has had his own hair salon in Nassau County for more than 20 years and is branching out to the East End. He is going to be working out of the Salon at Water Mill (next to Suki Zuki) on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment 726-6766. He does men’s and women’s cut and color.”

Grist received “two fervent holiday wishes from the Dodson household.” Susan Dodson is praying for a road surface that doesn’t crumble into potholes within one year after it is applied. Her husband, Reynolds, is asking Santa for a heaven-sent solution to Water Mill’s traffic problems that doesn’t upset the Water Mill Citizens Advisory Committee, although “we suspect we have a better chance of getting a Red Ryder BB gun.”

As for my family, at this writing Jack’s list is filled with the latest toys and gizmos, Dylan just wants a Kit Kat bar, Sam is still thinking about it, and we grownups are wishing for the economy to make a full recovery, lower food and gas prices and snow only on the weekends.

Since this version of Grist will cover the next two weeks (no edition on January 1), make note that the traditional New England barn dance presented by The Long Island Traditional Music Association will take place on Saturday, January 3, at the Water Mill Community House. An introductory lesson will be offered at 7:45 p.m. and dancing to live music will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. Beginners are welcome, each dance will be taught, and no partner is needed. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for LITMA members, and $7 for students. Children up to age 16 are admitted free with a paid adult. More information can be had at 631-725-9321 or www.LITMA.org

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