Wednesday, December 22, 2010
More Christmas Pasts, the 1950s....
Christmas the 1950s____
For some reason, as good as memory as I usually have, dating back to the time I stuck a hair pin in the wall outlet when I was 2 years old, ouch, that knocked me on my ass. I don't have a total recall of any Christmas before our 2nd one in Venice, Florida, back in 1955. Grandma Houseworth was staying with us at our humble abode located in the old tourist camp called Alston's Cottages, located in South Venice, some 4 miles down the Tamiami Trail, on Highway 41.
I never thought of us as poor, just average middle class, but in reality we didn't have a lot. Mom still tells that when we moved from Scott, Ohio, to Florida in the late Summer of 54, Dad has $40 dollars in his wallet, and another $100 stashed in a pouch around his waist. That, the 48 Buick, and the clothes on our backs is about what we had when we arrived in the Sunshine State. I don't remember the Christmas of 1954, our first in Venice, but I do recall vividly the following one in our small 2 bedroom "house".
The tree was pretty decent, by south Florida standards, which were usually scrub pine trees. Grandma, Wilda Waldron Houseworth, was staying with us for the winter, and the area under the tree was filled with plenty of toys and other items. Maybe I remember this Christmas so well, is because I still have photographs from that year, and not so much from others....with the one exception of 1959.
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