Christmas Memories


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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