Holiday Memories (by Shirley)

At this time of year as we all run around to multiple social gatherings and events, I like to remember past Christmases.  Looking at the group WhatsApp anticipating a drive by of Krinklewood Santas reminded me of a favourite memory from childhood.

When I was 8 or 9 my Brownie troop rented a school bus for us to go see the Christmas windows at the downtown stores.  Simpsons, Eaton’s at Queen and the one at College, had all their windows decked with beautiful and funny scenes of Christmas.  We were all excited and totally engrossed as we drove around downtown seeing so many wonders.  The streets were all decorated, and it was a beautiful thing.  As we drove back to our west end community, we got to enjoy the wonderfully decorated homes of many older neighbourhoods.

After getting off the bus we gathered in our Church basement for Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and lots of Christmas goodies.  It was a memory I cherish.  I think of our Brownie Owl Mrs. Needham and wonder if she realized what memories she gave us.  To all the volunteers who share their time with others, thank you.

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