Should We Go Back to “Christmas Past”?

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Dec 22, 2008 No Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Should We Go Back to “Christmas Past”?

Why would anyone want to go back to “Christmas past”?
Christmas trees looked kind of scrawny sometimes; branches were missing, needles turned brown and started falling off well before Christmas, although we could slow that process by putting the trunk in water. (For those of you who are mystified by this, the trees were REAL.)
Decorations were not nearly as ornate as they are today, and they broke easily. Often we made the decorations ourselves: paper chains, stringed chains of popcorn — plain, but kind of fun. If we put lights on the tree, we had to be careful that they didn’t touch the tree, because they were hot (If that sounds barbaric, remember that not too many decades earlier people decorated their Christmas trees with lighted candles!)
Christmas presents were nothing like today. If we were good (that was before we realized that calling kids “bad” hurt their self-esteem), we’d probably get a present, maybe two or three, and they’d be simple toys, or maybe socks or mittens. And we’d save the money we’d earned from shoveling snow to buy a few nice presents for family members, maybe 25 cents or so.
But in our minds, Christmas carried something that is largely missing today: a sense of wonder, beauty, miracle…

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