So that had me thinking about the good old days when we would beg and plead with mama and daddy to hurry and put our tree up. This always took place after we got out of school for the holidays. That meant that no amount of begging, pleading or nagging would entice my parents to put up a tree before December 18th. Daddy frequently reminded us that in "his day" Santa brought the tree. In the 1950s, not too many people put lights outside but most of us had a wreath or candy cane (fake) on the front door. One year mama made (with Daddy's help I am sure) a cut out of Santa and a chimney made of plywood that she hand painted and then placed in our flower bed by the front door. Most of the decorations in our home were pretty simple and often handmade. We made paper chains of red and green construction paper at school and brought those home to drape on the tree. We had a collection of glass ornaments for our tree that were quite delicate and some got chipped or broken nearly every year. The lights that we used back then were most frustrating and sure to make a father pull his hair out in rage when one single bulb burning out could make the whole darn string go dark. Finding the offending bulb was a tedious and unpleasant chore. We had some friends who had the "bubble lights" that were long, skinny tubes that had colored liquid in them that made sparkling bubbles. I always coveted those lights but, alas, we never had that kind.
And then I remembered the decorating stuff I wanted most of all back then. It was called Glass Wax and you bought it in cans along with a set of holiday stencils and a sponge. It was really easy to use and even pleasant to remove since it was designed to go on glass and essentially was a cleaning aid that not only dried to a whitish finish (perfect SNOW!) but left the windows clean and shiny when you polished the stuff off when the holidays were over. Not so with the fake spray on snow. You could rub that stuff for days and it stayed stubbornly on whatever it touched! I think mama probably consented to buy the Glass Wax for us maybe a time or two and I am sure that our joy knew no bounds. Such a simple time with simple pleasures and entertainment.
|34 designs for 59 cents!|
|Ginny, Marcia and Rebecca 1959, Christmas in Jackson, Mississippi|
Blessing our Tea Party----while one of us sneaks a peek at the camera!