WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Santa's Village By the Numbers And hundreds of cars, trucks, lampposts, walls, and people. 325 buildings 5 trains 1 trolley 8 skating ponds 25 small illuminated wooded mountains 2 Santas, one seated and one climbing Last year's big headache was a climbing Santa. The big guy was sup- posed to go up and down a ladder, presumably to help trim a tree. The problem was that he got stuck at the top. It wasn't a case of arthritic knees, but of wobbly arms. His hands no longer triggered the switch that would reverse his movement. With a little orthopedic surgery, Drs. Meagher and Dutcher put Santa in working order. * * * Growing up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Meagher reveled in Christmas, but never woke to a railroad zooming around the family tree. "I must have been a naughty boy," he says. "I asked for trains a few Christmases." A great uncle, though, had turned his three-room apartment into one giant train set. A carpenter, he constructed his own wooden buildings and lighted them with candles. "It's a wonder he didn't burn the house down," Meagher says. Decades later, in 1995, Meagher, then managing partner of Arthur Andersen in Boston, was spending his lunch hour in Faneuil Hall. He noticed a store display that would change the course of his life: a Department 56 village. "When I saw the houses, it just brought back memories of my great uncle and my mother, who loved Christmas," he says, adding that his uncle "wouldn't be too happy that I didn't build them individually." Was Meagher at last releasing his inner whimsical side after years combing through corporate spreadsheets? "Maybe," he says. "It's been a wonderful hobby." 60 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 Snow Village

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