I have always been a Christmas nut! Perhaps it’s because I’ve enjoyed a 35+ year career in the retail industry. Perhaps it’s because I have always been a cold weather person, enjoying snowfalls to the weeks of sweltering hot days during the summer. Whatever the reason, Christmas has always started early in my mind, in my house and in my life. I have never been one of those old curmudgeons that complain about stores putting out their Christmas items too early or getting upset when they hear ANY reference to the holidays before Thanksgiving Day. I love that time of year and I have always fully embraced it rather than pushing it away.
I have been waiting all year to be able to share with you, some heartwarming items and stories from our youth. For this particular post the year is 1956, but there are plenty more years to come in upcoming posts. For those of you who fit into the “old curmudgeon catagory” regarding the holidays, hang on, it’s going to be a snowy ride!
Virtually everything that was published in The Duquesne Times during November and December had to deal with either some election or the holidays. Just skipping through the articles, photos and ads would give you a solid picture of life in those days. Holiday greetings, recognitions and Christmas wishes filled the pages. Via the images that follow, you may just be transported as I was, into a completely different frame of mind about the holidays. So, grab a hot cup of coffee or cocoa, slip on your favorite pair of fuzzy slippers and flannel pj’s, and enjoy going back to a time that you didn’t even remember forgetting!
Perhaps my favorite part of the newspaper during the holidays were the “Letters to Santa” that were published each year. Be sure to read through them, they are beyond adorable. I checked back and it looks like the letters were published as far back as 1900! Who knows, you might see one that you had written and had forgotten about, or even one that was written by one of your relatives as a child. Enjoy the following letters that were written in 1956…..
One of my favorite articles was the following that boasted the most recent Honor Roll for Duquesne High School. The date was December 13, 1956. Perfect timing for these students!! What great leverage for asking for additional gifts on their list!!!
Merchants each took out a small ad to wish their customers and the City of Duquesne their Christmas Greetings and thanks. There’s even one for my dad’s garage. This is just an example of the many ads….