Behns finally get Christmas
CHRISTMAS '08 will be a special one for the Behn family of Evans Head.
They will take the day off to do what the rest of us consider normal: Celebrate the day with their family.
For the past 30 years the dedicated business people have tended to the family service station - open most days of the week from 5am to 8pm, including Christmas Day.
“That sort of service gets you to where you want to be in a small town,” said Di Behn.
“It helps you to become part of the community spirit.
“But we are just excited to have the day off this year.”
The big reason to celebrate is the recent birth of the couple's first grandson, Max.
Max was born to eldest daughter Pru, who married her sweetheart Cameron Merritt and now lives in Melbourne.
It didn't dawn on the young couple that they had named their first-born after the renowned Kiwi-born R&B artist until Mrs Behn exclaimed 'Max Merritt and the Meteors'.
As a result grandad Doug Behn bought the band's greatest hits CD and listens to Slippin' away every chance he can get.
Along with Pru, Cameron and Max, the Behns' other children Janet, Heidi, Luke, Josh and Kirby will be in Evans Head for the festive season.
The family hasn't been together since their last reunion during the Evans Head Fishing Classic in 2007.
At that time Doug shut his garage for the duration of the classic, but not the service station.
As a result they almost had a normal holiday, with plenty of fishing from tinnies in the river and lots of laughs.
This time the children made a simple request: No presents, just shut up the shop and the servo and spend time with us.
“They said to us 'that would be better than all the gifts you could give us',” Mrs Behn said.
After all, what is Christmas all about but considering others and spending time with family?
It looks like this year, that finally the Behns have managed to score points on both these counts.