Thoughts of Christmas Past

| 12/16/2014 2:49:00 PM

Ginnie BakerIt’s almost Christmas and it makes me think back to when I was growing up and how special Christmas was when I was a child. My mom made Christmas a very special time for us as we grew up.

She began by baking the infamous fruit cake right after Thanksgiving. I have to admit, her fruit cake was really good! After baking it, she put it in a tin container with a shot glass of whiskey, Scotch or my grandfather’s homemade wine.

Grandfather began making his wine right after they came to the United States from Austria-Hungary. He had a 50-gallon oak barrel in the basement and had grape juice delivered. He would then use his magic to turn the grape juice into his wonderful wine. He put quite a few bottles of wine from that first batch aside in his root cellar and on their 50th wedding anniversary, he served that great wine. I still have a lot of the wine-making equipment including bottles and the bottle capper.

Mom would begin Christmas shopping early, hiding the presents from us so we would be surprised on Christmas morning. She shopped at the old Higbee’s in downtown Cleveland, taking the bus downtown to do her shopping.

Higbee’s was a big deal at Christmas with the windows and the store all decked out with beautiful displays. The windows always had animated displays.

animated display

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