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Christmas memory

Photo credit: Provincial Archives of Alberta, BL1243/2 — Eaton’s Santa Claus Parade, Edmonton Alberta

I remember when Mom used to take me to Eatons. We never had much money but Christmas is when we would go. Everyone was always dressed up in those days (the 1950’s), even if we didn’t have a lot of money. Men and women wore hats, nice wool coats, gloves, and that was usually your ‘Sunday best’. It was wearing our Sunday best that marked that outing as one that was so special. Eaton’s always had model trains set up that would be running on elaborate tracks and with lots of ‘moving’ decorations. It was always so exciting for me — a great snippet of a memory.

Above all, the memories that linger are those that do not involve presents. What matters most are the gatherings, the laughter, the music, the traditions and experiences, and the times shared with loved ones.


Whether you have read my blog once or twice, for months or for years, I want you to know how grateful I am. Thank you for reading and especially, thank you so much, for taking time to leave your thoughts or comments — that’s the best part for me. It feels good knowing I’ve shared a photo, or thoughts, or one of my experiences and it has connected with you.

Part way through this year I tried to do regular every-Monday posting. It lasted for several months but in recent months, as you can see, I’m off-side again when life snuck it’s way in to my schedule. I do like posting with regularity and some months, the posts will come each Monday and other times, there will be gaps.

As this lovely year comes to an end, I wish you and yours a warm and cozy Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate) filled with joy, traditions, and all that you embrace during this season of wonder.

Warmly from our home to yours,
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Toffeeapple - December 24, 2017 - 8:33 am

I wish you and yours a very festive holiday Diane, it has been interesting keeping up with your postings.

Sherry - December 24, 2017 - 11:42 am

A very merry Christmas to you and yours Diane!

(Eatons was a favourite trip for me as a child too! The one in Halifax had brass revolving doors. I felt like I was entering a magical kingdom. Thank you bringing back that memory. ?)

Gabriele - December 24, 2017 - 11:44 am

Happy holidays to you and yours and thank-you for beautiful pictures and words.

Lisa Gordon - December 28, 2017 - 8:21 am

Dear Diane,
Wishing you a belated, but very, very Merry Christmas, and a bright and beautiful New Year.
I feel so fortunate to have “met” you here, and look forward to your posts in the coming year.

Jessie - December 30, 2017 - 7:26 pm

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

stephanie o young - January 1, 2018 - 6:06 am

your home looks lovely this season……and that photo reminds so much of going to ‘the city’ (Pittsburgh) on the trolley with my mom at the holidays….all dressed up in Sunday best (hat, gloves…yep, it was the 50s!) and wandering between Kaufmann’s and Gimble’s department stores. Great window displays, crowds, and a special lunch on the top floor of Kaufmann’s!! The kids today are missing so much!!!

Candace - January 1, 2018 - 6:34 pm

That sounds so fun, going to Eaton’s. When I was 9-12, we lived in Indianapolis, IN, and the big downtown department stores, L.S. Ayres and William H. Block’s, would have all their windows decorated with little Christmas vignettes during the holidays. Some might have little trains like you said or maybe children sitting around a fireplace opening gifts, things like that. It was all really beautiful and such fun to go down there at night to see them. Neither of those stores exist anymore…

Carol - January 8, 2018 - 12:15 pm

I love reading your posts, Diane. I accidentally came upon your website, years ago. And am so happy that I did! Happy New Year to you and your family.

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