A Look Back Throughout The Years: The Holiday Season

You might think this is about my holiday but actually this post is not. Recently I found this article in the AARP newsletter I saw laying around when I was at a family members home. The title of the article was “50 Years of Holiday Memories.” It caught my eye because of the content. Basically it is an article about how times have changed. From the sixties to present day 2000s the things we do as a family and for the holiday have changed. Just as technology has changed. So I thought I would share this with you and yes I will list my source for this article at the end. So here it goes! 



Remember – Bob Hope performing for the troops

Kitchen Smelled Like – Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon

On the hi-fi – Nat King Cole The Christmas Song

On the tube – Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty, Grinch Specials

In theatres – Babes in Toyland, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Under the (flocked) tree – Hot Wheels, Easy-Bake Oven, Etch-A-Sketch


Remember – Waiting for our polaroid photos to develop

Kitchen smelled like – butterball turkey

On the 8 track player – Jackson 5 Christmas Album

On the tube – The Waltons Homecoming

In theatres – Scrooge with Albert Finney and Alec Guinness

Under the tree – Pet Rocks, Legos, Wonder Woman dolls, Atari 2600


Remember – Cutting down your own tree

Kitchen smelled like – honey baked ham

On the cassette player – Do they Know Its Christmas by Band Aid

On the tube – Roots, The Gift, Johnny Carson’s fruitcake jokes

In theatres – National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Scrooged

Under the tree – Transformers, Cabbage Patch Kids, Rubik’s Cube


Remember – Merry Christmas gives way to the secular Happy Holidays

Kitchen smelled like Organic, free-range turkey

On the CD player – These are Special Times by Celine Dion

On the tube – Seinfeld’s Festivus for the rest of us episode, Elmo Saves Christmas

In theatres – Home Alone, The Santa Clause

Under the tree – Beanie Babies, Pokemon, Furbies


Remember – Mulling whether to get a green-er -or is it? – artificial tree

Kitchen smelled like – Turducken

On the icrap dock – Harry for the Holidays by Harry Connick Jr

On the flat screen – Marathons of A CHRISTMAS STORY (HELL YEAH), 007 movies

In theatres – Elf, The Polar Express, Bad Santa, Harry Potter movies

Under the tree – Wii, gift cards, Razor Scooters


So that about does it for the article contents. These are NOT my interpretations but that of the person who wrote this article. It was quite interesting and funny to read. Just going from one era to another the changes. So thats what I wanted to share with you. Just thought it was quite interesting and in a way funny. Sorry I had to rename the apple product to my usual icrap because yes I dont like their shitty over-priced products. 

Sorry this post came a bit too late since it is already New Year’s Eve. You wont see this guy out partying. Been there…done that….besides im not exactly too keen on going out and watching every couple practically fuck at the strike of 12 while im standing there with a drink going….”hey what about me mother fuckers! lol” So hope you enjoyed this post.


Article Source:

AARP Bulletin December 2012 Vol 53 No. 10. 50 Years of Holiday Memories by Betsy Towner, Page 46



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