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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!

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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.

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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. 

 

If you ever saw the movie A Christmas Story, there really was a Higbee's department store in downtown Cleveland and it looked just as the store looked in the movie. I remember the decorations and the window displays. Us kids got to see Santa Claus, but not just at Higbee's. There were four major department stores in downtown Cleveland then and they all had toy departments and Santa Clauses and we wanted to see all of them. 

 

Halle's was special since they had Mr. Jingaling, the keeper of the keys to Santa's workshop and sleigh. But the most special was Sterling - Linder which was across the street from Halle's. They had this ginormous Christmas tree in a central atrium surrounded by the shopping floors. The ornaments were the size of bowling balls! Then also had a train for the children that took them through a "winter wonderland" to Santa Claus. Then we went to see Francis the talking mule and if we were good, we got a toy. Also they would have local sports heroes there under that ginormous tree. I was able to get autographs from Bob Feller and Lou Groza. Here is a post card of that tree as well as the back side autographed by Bob Feller.

 

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But alas, those great department stores are all gone now. The Sterling - Linder store closed when I was in college in the late 1960s and the building was torn down. Halle's closed in the early 1980s and the Higbee's store became Dillard's in the early 1990s and the downtown store closed in 1996. There was also another store, the May Company that was across the street from the Higbee's. It became Kaufmann's in the 1980s and the downtown store closed in 1991. Kaufmann's became Macy's. Dillard's and Macy's still have stores in the suburban shopping malls, but those stores are on borrowed time. 

 

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. 

 

 

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Decorating sugar cookies, shopping for that special gift, decorating the tree, and all the events leading up to Christmas were what made the holidays special for me growing up.  They still do.   I come from a musical family, so it was always fun to sing Christmas carols & play holiday music to add the spirit of the season. 

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Decorating sugar cookies, shopping for that special gift, decorating the tree, and all the events leading up to Christmas were what made the holidays special for me growing up.  They still do.   I came from a musical family, so it was always fun to sing Christmas carols & play holiday music to add the spirit of the season. 

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@mimi0000 wrote:

Mine is Christmas Eve 1965 - kids were in pajamas ready for bed. It was snowing big white snowflakes outside. We heard bells. We looked out the window and saw Santa Clause walking up the middle of the Street. We went on the out on the porch and he waved and called Merry Christmas.That night we all believed in Santa Clause. Every Christmas since then someone mentions that Hallmark Christmas card experience. (Spoiler - It was our neighbor from around the corner)

My second best is the year my daughter called from College to ask if she could bring home 5 Jewish students who wanted to experience our Holiday. It was 2 days before Christmas. I dashed to the grocery store, bought presents and stocking stuffers, borrowed sleeping bags and took a deep breath.
We decorated cookies, sang carols and did all the usual traditions.
It was a fun filled Christmas.

 

wow    these are terrific!  Your neighbor had a great idea!  Hope he got some hot cocoa and cookies!  and I bet those 5 students told their story of their Christmas celebration for many years!   thank you for sharing!!

 

 

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Mine is Christmas Eve 1965 - kids were in pajamas ready for bed. It was snowing big white snowflakes outside. We heard bells. We looked out the window and saw Santa Clause walking up the middle of the Street. We went on the out on the porch and he waved and called Merry Christmas.That night we all believed in Santa Clause. Every Christmas since then someone mentions that Hallmark Christmas card experience. (Spoiler - It was our neighbor from around the corner)

My second best is the year my daughter called from College to ask if she could bring home 5 Jewish students who wanted to experience our Holiday. It was 2 days before Christmas. I dashed to the grocery store, bought presents and stocking stuffers, borrowed sleeping bags and took a deep breath.
We decorated cookies, sang carols and did all the usual traditions.
It was a fun filled Christmas.

 
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@Epster wrote:

Okey-dokey. I'll see about getting a pic. Smiley Happy

 

 

One year I built a trio of trees with one 5' tomato cage and two 3' cages. I stuffed them with dried weeds and put huge red and gold bows on the top. The weeds were different hues of tan-rust-brown-golden with different seed plumes and seed heads on them. This was for the front porch. I skipped the light strings because of the dried weeds, but lit the porch, so the display was visible at night. I had to weight these weedy 'trees' down with milk jugs filled with water, but otherwise they were a lot of fun. (Afterward, I took all the weeds --and their seeds-- back to the field from whence they came. Smiley Happy)

 

 


That sounds really pretty as well!  Sounds like you are very good at creating.  I am better at purchasing : )  

 

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Okey-dokey. I'll see about getting a pic. Smiley Happy

 

 

One year I built a trio of trees with one 5' tomato cage and two 3' cages. I stuffed them with dried weeds and put huge red and gold bows on the top. The weeds were different hues of tan-rust-brown-golden with different seed plumes and seed heads on them. This was for the front porch. I skipped the light strings because of the dried weeds, but lit the porch, so the display was visible at night. I had to weight these weedy 'trees' down with milk jugs filled with water, but otherwise they were a lot of fun. (Afterward, I took all the weeds --and their seeds-- back to the field from whence they came. Smiley Happy)

 

 

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One of my longest and enduring holiday traditions is my yearly Christmas trip to New York with my sister..  we have been doing this for more than 30 years and have countless pictures and memories from these trips.  From time to time we have taken other family members with us on one of the trips and they have all been fun but the trip is special for the two of us and I will not stop until one or the other of us can no longer make the trip.  I hope that is a long way away!

IMG_0167.jpgCHRISTMAS NYC 2016

 

 

 

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