In these days we liked Ike (Eisenhower) and we loved Lucy. Father knew best but Uncle Miltie made us laugh. Bing Crosby was dreaming of a White Christmas while Rudolph and Frosty became part of our family celebration. Greeting cards were fondly displayed and our stockings were hung by the chimney with care.

Our local Five & Dime was stocked full with our favorite tree trimmings including these new plastic ornaments, silvery tinsel and fascinating bubble lights. What we put under the tree was just as important as what went on it. Lionel trains traveled a constant circle and the Nativity set reminded us what it was all about. On Christmas morning we’d awake to delight in finding the treasure trove left for us by Santa and anxiously looked forward to our grand family gathering for dinner.