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Mark in Maine Christmas Card

12/23/2014
Santa stands on top of an oil can at an abandon antique store in Stockton Springs, Maine.

Santa stands on top of an oil can at an abandon antique store in Stockton Springs, Maine.

We live in an endless evergreen forest and shoveled out of an early November storm; but did I find a picture of a snow-covered pine tree to share during the holidays? Nope. I shot a mini-Santa standing proudly atop an empty quart of Valvoline.

Why? Because the Christmas-Tree-in-the-snowy-forest photo is a Maine cliché – like big red lobsters and weather-beaten lighthouses. Everyone knows Maine grows enough pine trees to connect the North Pole and the South Pole, they’re very green, very photogenic, very beautiful and you’ve seen those pictures thousands of times.

Well, I like being different.

Jen and I stumbled upon an antique store at the end of a mostly empty Main Street in Stockton Springs this fall. The store was closed and a peek through the windows indicated it wasn’t reopening soon. But it was worth a stop. An inventory of old junk overflowed out the building, once a gas station, into a small front parking lot and overgrown backyard. It looked like a scene Mike & Frank would stumble into during an American Pickers episode.

Then I saw Santa.

I snapped a picture.

The scene is rusty, ramshackle, quirky and wonderfully charming.

Just like Maine.

Merry Christmas from Mark in Maine.

 

 

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One Comment
  1. Tim Fischer permalink

    Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year to you and Jen!
    -Fish

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