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December 10, 2012


Display brings the North Pole to Peabody's Brooksby Village


“Not quite,” he begins, before confessing, “I keep asking her if I can put it up for the Fourth of July.”

She shakes her head.

Knowing it will soon be time to take it down, he gives it a longing look. “There’s not much more I can do to enlarge it. Joan won’t let me extend it into the living room.”

It does the job pretty well at this size, Pappalardo said. Watching her friends crowd around the display, she nods and says, “They come in here, and a lot of them start crying.”

The winter scenes, the cheerful figures and the brightly colored houses harken back to an era when Christmas seemed cheerier, less hectic, more about love and wonder.

“And they remember when they were children,” she said.

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