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A 1940s Christmas morning.
June 11, 2011
10:25 am
FlorrieMay
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I'd wake up to find an ordinary woollen stocking on my bed, usually one of my father's as it was the biggest. In it would be an orange, an apple, a few nuts in their shells, a few chocolate coins in gold paper and a small toy. I wasn't allowed downstairs until my parents were up and my father had laid and lit the fire. Then I could go and see what Santa had left under the small tree in the living room. Usually it was a book, a scarf and gloves knitted by my mother and a doll or a pair of roller skates. I loved Christmas morning!

June 11, 2011
4:11 pm
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I know that is extremely different than what I have experienced as far as Christmas morning goes. I love hearing anecdotes like this though. It's hard to believe how memories of a holiday morning have changed throughout time. Now I think a lot of children (not all by any means) will only remember getting loads of toys.

June 12, 2011
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What a wonderful memory and so vividly told.  Thank you for sharing!  Christmas in the 1940's especially during war time must have been very hard on so many to know their loved ones were so far away.  Moving the hands of time forward, I must say that I especially enjoy Christmas time tremendously and I owe this great thanks to the 1940's.  For instance, I just could not imagine, nor would Christmas be Christmas without Miracle on 34 Street, or It's A Wonderful Life!.  But it doesn't stop there.  Music creates the moment too.  White Christmas, and Silver Bells top the list, and have endured the test of time to still be my personal favorites with very special memories attached. 

June 12, 2011
4:53 pm
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Zootsuit said:

Music creates the moment too.  White Christmas, and Silver Bells top the list, and have endured the test of time to still be my personal favorites with very special memories attached. 


 

I totally agree with you on the music. I often forget about the roots of some of the popular holiday songs. I love Silver Bells. I think that the song Silent Night is much older than the 40s but that's another one that reminds me of an older era of Christmas.

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