|The Cohen Brother's Dept Store Santa|
|Dad In his Christmas Shirt From Rosenblums|
|I Always had Great Transportation To Show Off On Christmas Afternoon - Thanks to Santa.|
My Father wasn't hard to please on Christmas. Mom and I used to come up with some great presents for him and we knew we hit a home run. His favorite saying while opening presents was always. "Hmmm, just what I wanted-but not very badly." He loved new golfballs or a new putter and he always wore all of the beautiful ties I picked out for him.
|So many WONDERFUL Christmas Dinners-Just the four of us.|
|One of Many Artificial Trees|
We were one of the first on our block to have an artificial tree. My father was allergic to whatever molds and pollen hitchhiked in on the tree and he either broke out in the hives or had a stuffed up nose for duration the tree was in the living room. I convinced myself I was allergic to real Christmas trees also, but was told by George Winterling to WASH THE TREE before bringing it into the house. This worked for me. No more tree phobias.
My mother usually kept her robe or housecoat on while we opened presents and my father was usually quick to get dressed. Seeing him in a robe usually meant he was sick or in the hospital. Neither one of my parents wore bed clothes or lounge wear after 7:30am, unlike me who can stay in my pajamas for an entire day and think nothing of it.
|The Wrapping Paper Mess Intrigued Spot|
Two Christmas mornings stand clear in my memory. One when I was only in elementary school and lived in Lakewood and one when I was seventeen living in San Jose Manor. It goes without saying that these two Christmas’ were trumped after I had a child of my own and witnessed his disgust on Christmas morning with the mess that Santa’s reindeer left on our front porch after we were nice enough to leave carrots out for the reindeer to snack on. Leaving Santa a beer one Christmas Eve to go with his cookies seemed normal to me. On one Christmas, my granddaughter woke up to a brand new bicycle under her tree and the first thing she said to her parents was, “Hey, I’d like to have one of those!”
|Suzy Today ( Left) Hanging Out With My Mother's Childhood Dolls|