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 The Christmas I received my tricycle came to mind. It was just after World War II, the country had just emerged from wartime footing. Things made of steel were probably hard to get. But my uncle, who had recently come back home, found a big old tricycle somewhere. My little brother and I were the only children in the family at the time, as my father was the only male who was not only married pre-war, had children starting right after Pearl Harbor (me), and engaged in war work at a steel mill. All my uncles were in the Army or Air Force, and still unmarried. Anyway, Santa left this big tricycle, freshly painted, with big blocks on the pedals, at my grandparents' house. How I loved it!


Thank you for sharing your memories of your special gift!!  Merry Christmas 🎄❄️

 

 

 

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I remember when Mom used to make a batch of taffy on the stove and then call for us kids as we went with her outside to watch her pour it in a line across the deep snow. As soon as it was cool enough to handle, us four kids would take turns pulling and twisting it to keep it pliable for storing. While we were doing that, Mom  would take a large soup pot and gather some nice clean snow in it (back when it was still "kinda" safe to eat) and make us a batch of "snow ice cream" to reward us for our efforts in helping her with the taffy. Of course, the whole family got the reward of both recipes - except for Dad who was at work. Boy, was he happy to find that when he got home! Those were the days!!! I still miss them.


Thank you for sharing your memories.  

They are truly special to each of us. Marry Christmas ❤️🎄

 

 

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@bgsdaughter wrote:

I found out very early there was "no Santa Claus".  I was about 3 or 4, my two brothers and I would leave cookies and hot chocolate (did we really think it would stay hot for him?) for Santa.  The next morning I noticed my Dad had a chocolate moustache!  End of Santa for me!  Maybe that was why I never had my picture taken with Santa!


Wow you were very perceptive for your age.  I hope you enjoy Christmas anyway!  

 

 

 

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From a poor family, growing up and I never felt poor at Christmas.  Because as a farmer's daughter, we had raised a pig and put it in the freezer, so we had ham, pork chops, sausage and bacon.  Lived on a tobacco farm, and it sold in early December, so we had extras around that time that we had done without the past few months.  We had apples and chestnuts from our trees in the cool basement.  Wonderful chestnuts roasting on the top of the coal stove, seemed like it took forever for them to roast. There were three of us kids sitting around just waiting to eat them.  Because after we waiting for them to roast, then you had to wait for them to cool.  Goodness sakes. Also at Christmas, we would send an uncle a box of our apples to Florida, and our uncle would mail us back a box of oranges, that he raised.  The country store would give certain low income families a free box of sugar candy sticks, yes we got one!  My Uncle would roll the oranges on the floor in front of the coal stove fire, and get the juice loose in there.  He would take his pocket knife and cut a hole in the top and place one of those sugar sticks inside the orange.  Then we would sip sweetened orange juice, the greatest on a snowy day.  Later after lunch, .we collected snow for snow cream.

I miss those days of long ago so memorable with love.


I loved your memories ❤️  Thank you for sharing.  Merry Christmas!

 

 

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One of my favorite Christmas memories is when I was growing up in the Cleveland Ohio area of my family taking us downtown during the holiday season. Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, going downtown shopping was really special. Stores were only open past 600 PM on Friday evenings. So on a Friday a week or two before Christmas, after school my mother would take us kids to the bus stop a couple of blocks from our house and we would go downtown. We would meet our father after he got done with work, usually at the Frosty bar in a department store. >>>>

 

The site of the old Higbee's store made famous in the movie A Christmas Story is now a downtown casino. The casino has preserved a lot of the old fixtures from the store and at the Christmas season re-creates the window displays. But it is not the same. 


We have the same memories of those trips downtown. Those were special magical times for us kids. Thanks for sharing the memories!!  ❤️🎄

 

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This will be a memory some day.  This past Sunday our public library held a Christmas concert sing-along.  The musicians were 11 local women who call themselves the Ukuladies.  They played ukuleles and sang popular Christmas songs such as Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Silver Bells, and about a dozen more.  The audience sang along and even the youngest child seemed to know the words to these songs.  I  think everyone in the room sang for the entire hour.  I hope this is going to be an annual event - it was so upbeat.  I think everyone left with a smile on their face and a song in their heart!

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My best memory of Christmas was when I was a little guy I was awakened by a noise on Christmas Eve.  I tip toed over to the top of the stairs just in time to see Santa emerge, all sooty, from the fireplace.  I watched as he placed packages, from his bag, under the Christmas tree.  He then filled all the Christmas stockings that were hung from the mantle.  He went back into the fireplace and, much to my surprise, he disappeared back up the chimney.  I ran to the window and peered outside, only to see a sleigh, pulled by flying reindeer, disappearing into the distance.  The last thing I remember was hearing "Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight"!  🎅

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 The Christmas I received my tricycle came to mind. It was just after World War II, the country had just emerged from wartime footing. Things made of steel were probably hard to get. But my uncle, who had recently come back home, found a big old tricycle somewhere. My little brother and I were the only children in the family at the time, as my father was the only male who was not only married pre-war, had children starting right after Pearl Harbor (me), and engaged in war work at a steel mill. All my uncles were in the Army or Air Force, and still unmarried. Anyway, Santa left this big tricycle, freshly painted, with big blocks on the pedals at my grandparents' house. How I loved it!

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 The Christmas I received my tricycle came to mind. It was just after World War II, the country had just emerged from wartime footing. Things made of steel were probably hard to get. But my uncle, who had recently come back home, found a big old tricycle somewhere. My little brother and I were the only children in the family at the time, as my father was the only male who was not only married pre-war, had children starting right after Pearl Harbor (me), and engaged in war work at a steel mill. All my uncles were in the Army or Air Force, and still unmarried. Anyway, Santa left this big tricycle, freshly painted, with big blocks on the pedals, at my grandparents' house. How I loved it!

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I remember when Mom used to make a batch of taffy on the stove and then call for us kids as we went with her outside to watch her pour it in a line across the deep snow. As soon as it was cool enough to handle, us four kids would take turns pulling and twisting it to keep it pliable for storing. While we were doing that, Mom  would take a large soup pot and gather some nice clean snow in it (back when it was still "kinda" safe to eat) and make us a batch of "snow ice cream" to reward us for our efforts in helping her with the taffy. Of course, the whole family got the reward of both recipes - except for Dad who was at work. Boy, was he happy to find that when he got home! Those were the days!!! I still miss them.

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