Wednesday, December 25, 2013
It's finally here… Christmas day! This will be a slightly smaller-than-usual Christmas, since some of my family will be in other parts of the country. We'll make up for it by getting together sometime in January.
Anyway, I decided to share a series of photos from one young boy's Christmas, circa 1958. Hopefully you can all enjoy a bit of holiday nostalgia through these 55 year-old pix, even if you are much younger.
Looks like this boy (what do you think, 5 years old?) has grabbed his Christmas stocking and run upstairs so that mom can see what Santa brought him. Walnuts? Well, they're traditional I guess, and better than a lump of coal. A kaleidoscope, that's more like it... those things are still cool! And a toy plastic boat - he is already imagining many creative ways to sink it while playing in the bathtub.
That is a pretty nice tree, but I can't help being distracted by all of the boxes under it! Just look at all that stuff. And Santa has been nice enough to set up a circular railroad track right in front where nobody can miss it.
Looks like mom is fixing an untimely and derailing. Everybody knows that the way to a boy's heart is through tiny trucks, boats, automobiles, and yes, trains! Everybody is wearing those red rubber flip-flops.
Take it all in, kid! I still remember running down the stairs straight to the tree, completely missing the brand-new Schwinn bicycle in the front hallway (metallic blue, with a banana seat and tassels on the handlebars). Notice the little nativity scene right next to the railroad tracks.
A new wagon! If you are lucky enough to live near a hill, those things are great; they really pick up speed. You can tell from the look on the boy's face, he thinks it is swell.
This one might be my favorite! The kid is so amazed by whatever his mom is holding… it is a mechanical bank? A birdhouse? A music box? All of the above? I can't help noticing the chair that the boy is sitting on… my mom has one almost just like it (brought back from Mexico in the 1950's) sitting in the den.
And for a bit of extra Christmas cheer, GDB reader Melissa has been inspired by the legend of "Linda" (you might recall her), and she has created some fun alternate universe pictures featuring Linda (both happy and sad) with old Saint Nick. Or maybe... Linda was REALLY THERE every time (cue "Twilight Zone" theme)!! Take a look, it'll make you smile.
I would like to wish all GDB readers a Very Merry Christmas!