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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: December 18, 2018

7 ways to get out of your house on Christmas Day

Written by: Ray Routhier

Certainly, there’s a lot to be said about gathering by the hearth and tree and staying in your cozy home all day on Christmas.

But what if your home’s not so cozy, or you have no hearth, or you’re just the kind of person who never wants to be in one place for too long?

Lucky for you, there are lots of fun things to do on Christmas Day in southern Maine. There will even be business as usual at some local stores, in case you forgot the wine, the cheese or the kayak.

Here are some ideas for places to get holiday cheer beyond your own four walls on Christmas Day.

And don’t forget to check out our list of bars and restaurants  that will also be open on Christmas Day.








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