Today’s Holiday Joy: Remembering so many of my favorite childhood Christmas decorations - and finding so many on sale on the internet! I even remember that red box the lamppost candle came in…
Today’s Holiday Joy: Watching an old favorite Christmas TV special while unpacking decorations:”Santa 1985” from “Amazing Stories”.
Today’s Holiday Joy: Reembering “Christmas bells, those Christmas bells..”
Today’s Holiday Joy: Walking home late at night down an empty street. Snow crunching under my feet and Stevie Nicks singing Silent Night in my ear buds.
Today’s Holiday Joy: My favorite holiday book as a child.
Today’s Holiday Joy: Finding this for sale at HMV!
Today’s Holiday Joy: Listening to the title track of this song on YouTube over and over and over… Kinda wish I had it on CD (or 8-track)
Today’s Holiday Joy: Seeing flocked Christmas trees making a comeback - just like the NOMA 6’ Scotch Pine with Sno-tipped Branches we had when I was a kid. I remember unpacking the twisted wire branches with the stems dipped in paint to tell you what order they went into every year and frantically searching for the instructions that laid out the order they went into the splintery green-stained wooden pole that made up the trunk and screwed into a large round smooth plastic base. I loved that tree as much as I love run on sentences.
Every year Mum would buy a can of spray snow and touch up the tips where the flocking had flaked off. Ah - the chemically smell of 70’s Christmas!i can still see the plastic Disney ornaments we bought from sears hanging on those thickly flocked tips - Micky Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Winnie The Pooh all dancing in red Santa outfits.
Damn - now I want to be eating a soggy bowl of Winnie the Pooh Cereal in the wood paneled rec-room while watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and listening to Charlie Pride sing “Christmas in My Hometown” from the 8-track player in the cabinet stereo upstairs. It was good to be a kid then.
Funny thing - the same look is being sold as “Stockholm Pine” now, though there is no such thing in the plant world (there is Stockholm Pine Tar - but it doesn’t come form any one type of pine tree). I suppose an artificial tree with artificial snow can have an artificial name.
Today’s Holiday Joy: Vintage plastic elves. We always had these around the house - a couple that hugged a pair of flocked red reindeer, and another pair later that climbed a ladder up the Christmas tree. Recently a good friend gave me a book that added a mythology to these wonderful little sprites called “Elf on a Shelf”.
"Will you shut up? It’s a goddamn beautiful day, shut up" - Big Edie
Photography by the handsome and talented Jason Stead
Today’s Holiday Joy: The 109th annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade. The famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which began in 1924 and celebrated in Miracle on 34th Street was actually inspired by our own Santa Claus Parade which began in 1905 by Eaton’s department store. That year Santa arrived on a train and met Mr and Mrs. Timothy Eaton, then walked to the Eaton’s Downtown store. The first float was introduced in 1908. It was one truck with a band to accompany Santa. It now has over 24 floats, 24 bands, and 1,700 participants, and is broadcast in several countries.