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MyNameIsMaam 11-28-2010 02:47 PM

Remember When?
 
Do you remember when stores didn't decorate for Christmas or play Christmas music until AFTER Thanksgiving?

We used to go to a large department store downtown that had a HUGE display of little animated people and animals set in a winter wonderland scene. The last 2 Saturdays before Christmas, Santa was there for picture taking.

What do you remember?

Jade 11-28-2010 04:27 PM

I remember, as a little girl, being so enchanted by the lights and treasures on the tree, that I fell asleep beneath it. Today, I look at the tree as a task to be accomplished. Maybe I need to remember there is magic in it.

polychronopolous 11-29-2010 04:09 AM

When my family moved to the U.S. in the late seventies, we were very poor. My parents didn't see any need to have jobs and "run the rat race", so we made a living as singing street performers. Most days people browsed by, looking at us as oddities singing random songs on sidewalks and storefronts. The ambivalent crowds would file by and occasionally some would stop for a minute to listen, and maybe throw some change into the open guitar case providing us the possibility of something to eat that night. Sometimes we would not get much and would end up at a fast food restaurant just before closing, asking if we could have whatever leftover food they would be throwing out in exchange for a few songs.

Christmas season things were different. We would ditch our usual list of songs in favor of the seasonal favorites people wanted to hear. The warm well lit summer evenings gave way to cold dark nights. The streets were full of activity. Banners, garland, and lights hung from street lamps and store windows. The ordinarily uninterested crowds stopped and gathered in mass to listen to what we were singing. I remember how they would always form a half circle in front of us, smiling, sometimes swaying, sometimes singing along, always more generous. People were active, bustling, busy, but at the same time much more attentive.

I remember lights, the smell of coffee and chocolate, cigarettes, crowds, things that sparkled. The once plain streets transformed by the seasons change. I remember the generosity of strangers. Even when it was measured in handfuls of change, the little gestures of kindness were the difference between eating and being hungry that night. I like to think that we gave them something in return as well. I like to think that we gave them a moments break from their busy days and nights trying to bring everything together for they people they were close too.

I still fight the urge to cry every time I hear "O Holy Night". It brings back the feelings of wonder and beauty I used to feel as a child. Sorry if this reads sappy. :)

Phoenix.

Ariakas 11-29-2010 04:23 AM

I always thought/hoped that would be the rule.

Karma 12-02-2010 02:47 PM

I remember when Arcades were awesome, and my friends and I hung out there all day and bumed cigarettes and other... things... from the "older" kids, and blew our allowances on video games that you just couldn't play at home.

Nowadays, you're lucky to even find a single arcade game, let alone an actual "Arcade" housing 20 or 30 coin-op games.

MonoVCPHG 12-02-2010 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Karma (Post 54804)
I remember when Arcades were awesome, and my friends and I hung out there all day and bumed cigarettes and other... things... from the "older" kids, and blew our allowances on video games that you just couldn't play at home.

Nowadays, you're lucky to even find a single arcade game, let alone an actual "Arcade" housing 20 or 30 coin-op games.

I remember dates that started off in arcades while we waited for the movie next door to start! Air hockey and people everywhere...talk about a flashback!

FlameKat 12-02-2010 04:27 PM

I remember the arcades too - the local hangout for the cool crowd :P they shut my local hangout down when I was 19 - the whole town became like a retirement village within a few weeks...

Francesca 12-22-2010 07:53 PM

We still have an arcade
 
My friends think it is pretty cool, I am just not that into it.

I remember when gardening was something I loved instead of a chore. I would play in the Chrysanthemums after I planted them with my father. :)

Breathesgirl 12-23-2010 02:42 PM

My first date was at an arcade:D. That was many moons ago though. I didn't play then, still don't play even when we can find one.

I can remember being happy with the presents we got whether it was big or little, clothing, books, a crazy carpet (thing to slide down snow hills on, for the uninitiated.)

Our presents weren't hundred dollar gifts PLUS the smaller stuff. If it was one large present that was all we got

I can barely remember the awe of our first snowy Christmas. I'm originally from Georgia where the snow might stick around for a couple of hours, none of this months on end crap!

Kay 05-04-2011 10:05 PM

I remember playing out side with my friends till it was time for dinner then wanting to go back outside to play more. Riding bikes and roller skating walking on the beach. We always ran into friends around town to spend our allowances with at the local candy shop and would all get some thing different so when we split it up we all had a little of everything. I had a great childhood :)


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