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Christmas in M'ville Long, Long Ago - 11
12/22/09     Judy Crews  (1964)      jcrews123@hotmail.com
I read Debby Davis Gagliano's (1967) post about Christmastime past and it made me reflect on my memories as a child growing up in M'ville. Christmas was such a special time for my siblings and me. I remember the carolling and choir performances at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. One of my fondest memories was the most beautiful rendition of O Holy Night sung by Buster and Suzanne Kitchell. I remember Jean Branham and me sitting in the front pew of church totally disrupting the minister's sermon and being severely reprimanded for it. I remember a life-sized nativity scene on the front lawn of the church where my brother painted the angel's eyes cross-eyed. I remember those parties put on by DuPont for the children of employees held at movie theaters where we would get all sorts of goodies and a visit by Santa. Does anyone out there remember one very snowy Christmas eve when someone arranged for Santa to land in a heliocopter at the bottom of Prospect Hill Drive or am I making that up? I do remember the city blocking off traffic to our street and Gratton Road so we could sled down it--what fun that was! It was truly a winter wonderland back then. I hope some of you will post your fond Christmas memories. Regardless, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year!
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