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Why is this the final Christmas Buddy and his cousin spend together?

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In Truman Capote’s short story “A Christmas Memory” Buddy and his friend spend one last Christmas together making and delivering their fruitcakes, cutting down a Christmas tree, and secretly making each other presents of kites. When they were making the fruitcakes, they purchased some moonshine whiskey for soaking the cakes. There was a bit leftover which Buddy and his friend drank. The family became upset with the pair, especially with his friend because it was inappropriate for a seven-year-old boy to be drinking whiskey. The family celebrated Christmas but soon after, they decide that is time for Buddy to go to military boarding school. He exchanges letters with his friend until she is no longer able. Buddy knows, without being told, that his friend passed on. They were never able to spend another Christmas season together.

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