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The gifts of Christmas on display

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Manuel Gonzalez, with his new hoverboard and his mom. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Pastor Adan Liquin prepares for Christmas service and dinner. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A quiet Christmas Day unfolded in many parts of Roswell Wednesday, with an early afternoon of sun and mild temperatures and an opportunity to spend time with families, friends or nature, as most businesses, stores and offices were closed.

In a couple of scenes during the early afternoon, Pastor Adan Liquin of The Door Christian Church on South Richardson Avenue prepared a Christmas Day service and a free meal to all who wanted to attend.

“Jesus gave me a new life,” said the Roswell native, who explained he overcame addiction problems by his faith and has headed the church for about four years. “So I dedicated my life to Jesus and to talking to others about him and the gospel.”

At Cielo Grande Recreation Park, Manuel Gonzalez and mom Abigail Gonzalez took to the track to try out his new gift, a hoverboard.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.