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Christmas Memories

~ No Other Holiday Evokes Memories the Way Christmas Does ~ 

A load of Christmas trees in horse-and-buggy days.

A load of Christmas trees in horse-and-buggy days.

Three generations of a family gather around the Christmas tree wearing their funeral faces.

Three generations of a family gather around the Christmas tree wearing their funeral faces.

1930s movie star Norma Shearer gazes wistfully out a Christmas window.

1930s movie star Norma Shearer gazes wistfully out a Christmas window.

Barbara Stanwyck in a scene from the 1945 movie "Christmas in Connecticut."

Barbara Stanwyck in a scene from the 1945 movie “Christmas in Connecticut.”

1950s movie goddess Jayne Mansfield in a Christmas publicity photo.

1950s movie goddess Jayne Mansfield in a Christmas publicity photo.

When I was in grade school, they showed it on TV every year around Christmas time, so, for me, "The Wizard of Oz" came to mean Christmas.

When I was in grade school, they showed it on TV every year around Christmas time, so, for me, “The Wizard of Oz” came to mean Christmas.

Reginald Owen as Ebeneezer Scrooge in the best film adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," made in 1938.

Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge in the best film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” made in 1938.

Store circa 1928. Get the boy something he wants!

Store circa 1928. Get the boy something he wants!

At the now-defunct Famous-Barr store in downtown St. Louis, the Christmas shopping experience for those too young to understand the concept of "money."

At the now-defunct Famous-Barr department store in downtown St. Louis, the Christmas shopping experience for those too young to understand the concept of “money.”

What American boy didn't wish for a bicycle for Christmas?

What American boy didn’t wish for a bicycle for Christmas?

Home sweet home at Christmas.

Home sweet home at Christmas.

The tree. The centerpiece of every Christmas home.

The tree. The centerpiece of every Christmas home.

Wise men journey far, guided by a star.

Wise men journey far, guided by a star.

The Birth. The reason we celebrate Christmas.

The Birth. The reason we celebrate Christmas.

 

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