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Christmas Memories by Susan Waggoner

Every year after Thanksgiving, I bring out a handful of Christmas books that I’ve collected over the years and set them out on the coffee table. Visitors love picking them up and browsing through them. I love having a hot cup of tea or coffee and reading bits and pieces from them, getting me even more in the holiday spirit. This is the most recent addition to my Christmas book collection.

Christmas Memories is just that — a wonderful and happy nostalgic look at Christmas celebrations and trends from the 1920’s through the 1960’s. Chocked with delightful, colorful images of old-time Christmas advertisements, holiday magazine covers and Christmas artwork, it’s sure to put a smile on your face.

The book is in chronological order starting with Jazz-Age Jublilee 20’s through the 60’s Holly Jolly Christmas. Each decade includes colorful photographs and gifts of the season, homespun letters, the cost of Christmas presents (a man’s silk tie was .45 in the 1920s), trends, fashions and more.

You’ll get a good feel for how Christmas has evolved through each decade and trends that have come and gone. The articles on Woolworths, photos of holiday ornaments and trimmed trees of the past recreate memories of simpler times gone by.

At 7 ½” wide x 9 ½” tall and 130 pages, it isn’t a huge book, but packs a punch with Christmas memories. Bring a little bit of history of Christmases past into your home this year for yourself or a friend.