Christmas Memories

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It is 10:00 pm as I write this and I have fond memories of Christmas past.  One of my fondest memories is the television show aired in 1950 on WHYY Channel 12 “The Spirit of Christmas”. The same year I was born.

The opening credit announces this show is “Presented By Your Telephone Company” . AT&T and the Bell Telephone System monopolized the telephone industry until 1984. My very first job in  1967 was as an information operator for Bell Telephone in Center City Philadelphia, and it was a family environment.

During the 1950s, my siblings and I still believed in Santa Claus and, more importantly, Christmas Day was the day Jesus was born.  We enjoyed hanging our stockings over the fire place, trimming the tree and watching this wonderful marionette presentation. Just in case you have never seen this program, my Christmas gift comes to you from YouTube. The Night Before Christmas and The Nativity were performed by The Mabel Beaton Marionettes “The Spirit of Christmas”.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Joyous New Year!

With Love,

Pearl (P.J.) Richardson and
Deborah Wilson Smart

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Our Theme Song

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Deborah and I selected a theme song that inspires us as we write. http://youtu.be/No_C0FNCwKo  In the 50s and early 60s my taste in music was defined by watching a daily television show called, “The Early Show”.  I would rush home do my chores and watch the musicals faithfully.  I saw myself as one of Fred Astaire’s dance partners.  I know. I know, not what you expected from an African-American.  But you have to understand that I was born Colored, then redefined as Negro, then Black and now African-American.  We didn’t have the ethnic faces that surround us today.  During my defining years, the United States were transitioning from segregation to integration.  Nat King Cole was our Arsenio Hall. Times have changed.