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Memory from an old-fashioned Department Store Christmas

Discussion in 'Traditions & Memories' started by Santa Johnny Boy, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Santa Johnny Boy

    Santa Johnny Boy Downtown Pittsburgh Santa MMC Lifer

    The great thing about growing up in the 1960's - Department stores really went all-out on their Christmas displays, not only in store windows, but inside, too.

    Here's a video of an in-store puppet show that was performed a few times a day at Hess's department store in Allentown, PA. "Pip, the Mouse Before Christmas", was created by George Creegan of Steubenville, Ohio in 1962. He also had a daily children's TV show, "Creegan & Crow" that played locally in Steubenville.

    This kind of stuff brings back great memories for me:
  2. joyful

    joyful MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    In my hometown we had an elite department store that had huge windows in front and every Christmas they had elaborate window displays. What a treat for kids growing up in the 50's/60's. This store also wrapped and delivered gifts for customers a service that is very rare today.
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  3. Holiday

    Holiday North Pole Resident MMC Lifer Alum

    TOOO CUTE! thanks for sharing! :grin:
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  4. XmasDreams

    XmasDreams North Pole Network Help MMC Lifer MMC Donor Christmas Crew ATC Alum

    Loved this thank you so much for sharing.
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  5. trackrebel

    trackrebel candy cane hustla MMC Lifer

    I love stuff like i am born in81..... But even then....i do remember our local
    departement store Kaufhof always had the most beautifull window display....and the toy area was off the has gotten less and less over the year.....and more elegant....i would rather use the word boring and stupid
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  6. whitney37354

    whitney37354 Rudolph's Groomer MMC Lifer

    I grew up in the 70's & 80's. I would go to the department store in town with my mom & grandmother. They had a Santa on the wall in the back of the men's department. His eyes moved back & forth. They had free gift wrapping year round. I learned to wrap gifts by watching them! They had the blow mold candles in the front windows. I've always wanted a set for my porch. Silver Bells is my favorite Christmas song. I remember the shopping trips, "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style..." "even stop lights blink a bright red & green, as the shoppers rush home with their treasures..."
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  7. katwkittens

    katwkittens Tinsel Straightener Merry Forums Member

    Growing up as a military brat we didn't stay anywhere for long, so visiting my grandparents in the northeast for the holidays was such a treat. Both sets had lived there most of their lives in the same homes, my grandfather had built his from local mountain stone. The longevity was such a contrast to my very nomadic life.

    My grandfather, a very large and gruff man...head honcho of a local factory and big cigar affectionado would take me into the city (NYC) at Christmas. My grandmother nor parents would not go, just me and my grandfather. I would tag along behind him, running usually out of breath since he took such big strides.

    He always made sure to have seats for the Radio City Music Hall Spectacular, lunch and dinner out, a trip through the department stores with all their wonderous Christmas displays and a fun train ride home. Every year I was beyond surprised that Santa KNEW HIM and was expecting me! He made sure the hot chocolate was just right, not too hot and always knew just what I wanted for Christmas.

    It made the Christmas' with my dad gone, overseas and deployed bearable and obviously, memorable. My grandfather was larger than life to me, and the department stores he took me to sparkled brighter than any child could imagine or I as an adult have ever seen since.

    Last edited: Sep 27, 2012
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  8. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award Kringle Radio DJ

    What marvelous memories! Thank you!
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  9. Petronius

    Petronius Sugar Cookie Tester Merry Forums Member

    Pip the Mouse was pleasant to watch. It was informative to learn that Pip was a house mouse.
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