1960's Christmas Retrospective

Some of my favorite family photos are pictures of my parents and grandparents celebrating Christmas in the 1960's. The aluminum trees, the tinsel, the glass ball and homemade ornaments, many of which we still have today...

...bring about a great sense of nostalgia and for me, an admiration of the classic 1960's Christmas. I asked both of my parents to share some of their favorite memories from Christmas during those years.

Mom: "Waiting for the Sears catalogue to arrive, then picking out our presents from it. French Onion dip, which was only made for the holidays and Chex mix. Macramé handmade, homemade presents. Specifically macramé candleholders that hang from a hook in the ceiling for our mom. My sister wanted a Chatty Cathy and all the boys wanted BB guns. Wearing pink foam curlers to bed the night before, which were extremely uncomfortable, because we would be taking pictures on Christmas day. Getting out the camera with the separate flashbulb that actually made a popping sound."

Dad: "The Christmas tree decorated with colored glass balls and tinsel. Except for a few homemade ornaments there were no figurines, Disney characters or similar items. Other glass ornaments with fancy shapes or decoration were extra special. 'Classic' creche with ceramic figures and cardboard stable like the one we still have from my mom. Again, nothing modern or unusual. Big colored bulbs on the house -- no icicle or white mini lights. It may have been more economic than style related but we had few Christmas decorations: stockings (homemade from felt) tree, creche, maybe one or two others at most. Nothing like the whole house decoration of modern times. Colored construction paper garlands. Making wreaths with IBM punch cards used in computer programming. We really did string popcorm and cranberries."

Images: Used with permission from the Hunt Huey family.