Cars of beauty and art:
The 1956 Sky Hawk, A Studebaker
I just came from (https://thenanadiana.blogspot.com/2018/11/christmas-fantasy-house_13.html) Nana Diana’s blog. She has a tour of a Christmas house. Fantastic decorations. Things set me to thinking. Back up in Gaston County the little mill town of
McAdenville has earned the title Christmas Town. I wouldn’t want to live there during Christmas season. The Mill owner used to pay the town power bill for the month of December. Now that is no longer a mill village, I don’t know if there is any compensation to the residents. There is one main street and it is a constant procession from dark until 9PM for over a month.
There are people who decorate elaborately in every town. So much so that parades of cars drive by. As I said, I started thinking, at times that is dangerous, but Old people do that.
The earliest I remember Christmas is about 1943. We lived in a community of High Shoals, we were actually in the country. Daddy and mama would drive up to Lincolnton, a few miles away. We would walk the downtown streets looking in store windows. They were closed of course. Back then everything closed at 5 or 6PM. It was the Jewelry Stores that always caught my interest. The music boxes with little dancers’ spinning and ALWAYS an electric train going around the window loaded with little toys. At near 80 years old I still remember the thrill of standing there until I was forced to get in the car.
Later living in towns, daddy would drive us around to see the Christmas Decorations. Downtowns were the only places with outdoor decorations. Just seeing the lighted Christmas trees in every house window was a thrill.
I remember when no one would dare start decorating until after the Thanksgiving Festivities. Thanksgiving was a time of GREAT EATING, Thanks and Food was the King.
BUT Christmas was the time of gifts. Most kids got ONE gift. You could about list them on your hand. Toys were, cowboy pistol and holster, baseballs and gloves, Skates were big. BUT, oh man, when you actually got a bike or a BB gun, which was super. Walky-Talkies and Plastic helmets with a wooden gun.
Kids were out to show everyone what they got for Christmas. Funny how kids could appreciate the time and love from that gift.
I know it will not come back, simple can be fun, even today. But not much is simple to this old man anymore.