The recent Black Friday
commercialism signaling the start of the
pre-Christmas shopping spree makes one think back
to the days before the media deluge that today
signals Christmas shopping.
Think back to the days of the
Eaton's catalogue, the source of much Christmas
shopping. Back in the 1940s, a gift as simple as a
vanity set (comb, brush, mirror) was considered a
very fine treasure. And because there was much
more visiting between neighbors and family
members, games for all ages were a common
A dresser set consisting
of comb, mirror and brush
deserved a special place in the bedroom.
rolling-the-dice party game,
first appeared in the 1950s.
By the 1970s, many advances had been made in
electronics and life in general so that by 1975,
Eaton's catalogue was selling snow-blowers! And
rather than a comb and brush, the lucky lady could
just order a wig (but not C.O.D) in whatever
colour she chose, even to match her own hair
Why use a shovel
when you can buy a snow-thrower?
"Wear one or both
for a new and different you!" –
hairpiece, that is.
Little Golden Books were first
published in the early 1940s and were much loved
gifts for young readers – they covered every topic
from Bible stories and nursery rhymes and
favorites like "The Poky Little Puppy". But times
were changing and by 1986, with distant vacations
becoming the norm, the young reader read all about
"Hey! Do up your
School teacher Mrs. Ulmer used this
music for many years.
Some things don't change though.
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" made its debut in
the 1930s and has become a traditional Christmas
song, hitting the top of the charts with
performers like Perry Como and Gene Autry. It
hasn't changed much over the years.