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The "Ashamuttie"
This story dates back to the early 1920s. When I was a little girl, my grandmother used to tell me about "the Ashamuttie." She was a legendary make-believe person like Santa or the Easter bunny, but she became quite real to a small child -- especially if the child was being naughty and overly excitable around Christmastime. That is when my grandmother's stories usually began.
By Vivian Kleisl Shaw Lawrence as told to Carol Lawrence Rusnak

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