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“Corey Pries stepped onto the front porch of his Osceola Avenue home to answer a knock as the off-key rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” came to a close and was replaced with laughter and applause.

“Holy crap! It gets better every year,” a beaming Pries exclaimed as his son, Hunter, joined him on the porch.

Pries, 43, knew exactly what was going on. His father, Richard, was the recipient of the “honor” two years ago. But to say he was surprised would be an understatement.”

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This tradition has been happening every year for 35 years. While it doesn’t seem like recipients get to actually keep and use the water heater, it’s more about the Christmas spirit. What started as a gag has turned into an annual celebration that local residents have become accustomed to.

Apple Valley Eagan Appliance would also like to wish everyone happy holidays. If your water heater or other appliance is on the fritz, contact us at 952-953-0080 to schedule an appointment. We even offer coupons for first-time customers!