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’Tis better to give, says Huntington

As people bustled around downtown Huntington on Christmas Day, many were just as excited to talk about the presents they were giving out as those they were receiving.

For the Kiely family of Cold Spring Harbor, the big gift of the year was an upright piano for the house. Denis Kiely said he bought the piano for his three sons, but hoped it would turn out to be more of a gift for the whole family.

“I’m excited for them to start taking lessons,” he said. “And I’ll probably take lessons, too.”

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Glen Gratton, of Huntington, bought his 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter a dollhouse this year.

“She still hasn’t stopped playing with it,” he said around noon, hours after she had opened the gift.

But the overriding message was still one of spreading warmth and joy.

Richard Tenga, of Commack, said his favorite gift to give during the holidays is a mass card -- which is given to inform someone there will be a prayer said for them, or a deceased loved one, at mass -- because it shows “the real meaning of the holiday.”

“That’s spreading the true spirit,” he added.

Also, watch these videos of Robert Incorvaia, of Lloyd Harbor, and the Levy family, of Huntington, talking about gift giving this year.


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