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Donut Day tradition lives on in New North End

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Time to make the donuts for the Couture family -- it's an annual Christmas tradition.

"We don't send out invitations, it's done by word of mouth... And smell -- you can smell us a mile away," said Janice Couture.

Donut Day is also an open house for family and friends. Up to 100 people have a donut, or two or three.  Four generations of the Couture's participate.  "Well this is something my dad used to do," Janice said.

Their folks, Alfred and Marguerite, had nine kids.  The Couture's grew up in the Old North End of Burlington.  Sunday was a  tradition of church and treats.  But as the children grew up and some of them moved out of the area, the early routines faded away.   It was when Alfred was elderly, the family decided to renew what was so much part of their youth -- making and eating donuts.  That was 15 years ago -- both of their parents have since died, but the gathering carries on.

They say the family that cooks together stays together. In this case the Coutures will make over 400 donuts, a new record in this family tradition.

Eventually guests trickle in. Even the mail carrier who delivered a package took a donut in return. A memory of the past coming alive with family and friends every holiday.  Now that's a treat.

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