My childhood memories are filled with Christmas at Chicago’s Marshall Field department store. My recollection is the center court of the store housed the tallest (I thought) Christmas tree in the world, reaching from the first to the 5th or 6th floors:
- One could spend her entire lifetime just looking at that tree and hoping, wishing, barely-able-to-wait for Christmas.
- One could go to each floor and look out from the balcony, getting a closer view of the tree’s decorations.
The 14th letter of the alphabet is N and Daniel Saboda’s Christmas Alphabet Book‘s popup is the nutcracker. Both of the only two I own have interesting stories:
The first – on the left – I bought around my 50th birthday from a major Washington DC department store – Woodward & Lothrop. Woodie’s (as it was fondly known ) was a real department store with 4+ levels and everything one needed, from clothes to furniture to toys, What I liked best about the store is that it was a smaller version of Chicago’s famed Marshall Field’s. I don’t know why but nutcrackers were a big part of my Marshall Field’s memory and when I saw this one, I bought it. All for a mere $19.99, then… I still have the box. Sadly, shortly after the holiday season, Woodies closed its doors forever.
The other nutcracker is a more recent purchase; I think maybe in the past 10 years. It – a “quilter” – usually resided in my sewing studio. Several years ago it disappeared; I couldn’t find it anywhere. This year when I looked in a storage bin, there it was! No doubt, time thieves at work again: building time, picking up something by mistake, realizing their mistake, and putting the missing object back where it belonged so it could, would be “found!” Eureka!
A lot of Christmas holiday magic is remembering and reliving childhood memories, don’t you agree?