Yesterday I tugged a heavy box out of the closet and slid it across the floor to a spot large enough that would fit both the box and me. In the box were hundreds of photos taken generations ago that my family is lucky enough to still have. Some of the sweet faces are still with us, but many are not. I was searching for a particular Christmas photo from generations past, but quickly became enchanted with the scenes laid out before me on the floor. Perhaps it was all the black, white and gray…perhaps it was the still moment of life and history perfectly captured in each photo…perhaps it was the lack of technological devices in the hands of every subject…whatever it was that paused my quest for that particular photo also stirred my imagination as to how these precious people celebrated their Christmas holiday.
I wondered…how did they decorate their Christmas tree? Did they buy it in town or did they cut it down from the backyard? Did they deck their halls with one or one hundred holiday decor items? Did they read the Christmas story from the Bible to their children and grandchildren as we would tonight? And what were the ladies in the kitchen preparing for their Christmas Day meals?
And so, I logged onto my own technological device and down the rabbit hole I went in search of Christmas menus from days gone by. Thanks to the efforts of a few sentimental folk like myself, I found several vintage menus that were as enchanting as my old box of photos. Perhaps your Christmas menu for this year includes Creamed Olympia Oysters or the ever-popular Parker House Roll. Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy this glimpse of the past as much as I did.
Wishing you and yours a day filled with cherished memories as you prepare your Christmas menu for tomorrow. And all of us at Classic Tassels and More would like to extend our warmest holiday greetings to the men and women serving in our armed forces that are unable to come home this Christmas. As always, we are grateful for the sacrifices you make to protect our freedom. We echo General Walt’s sentiments below.
With lasting pride in all of you and with the warm affection of comrades in arms, I extend to you my very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year. May God, who gave to the world its greatest gift on that first Christmas, grant you his blessing throughout this Happy and Holy season.
-General Lewis Walt