Holiday Season Downtown USA
December 17, 2013
When I was younger, it was a tradition in most families to go downtown and look at the decorations and the store windows. If you did not have a car, you rode the bus. This was a tradition that could be found in towns and cities across the United States.
The department store windows had scenes depicting winter and holiday activities, such as children sledding or Santa and his reindeer flying to their next destination. The village scene usually had an electric train (“O” or later “HO” gauge) passing through it. When animatronics were used in the early 1960s, they became more impressive. People were particularly impressed with Harzfeld’s window of Mrs. Claus pulling her fresh baked cookies out of the oven.
Then, there were the decorations up and down the streets. Kansas City had crowns that were found at each intersection and sometimes in the middle of the block. These have been refurbished and can be seen at Zona Rosa.
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