Merry Christmas Happy New Year

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For as long as there have been Christmas cards, people have been sending them late, haha. Here’s a nice card showing stair step kids in coordinating pajamas. It appears that Mrs Smith intended to mail these before the Christmas rush but missed the opportunity due to late delivery, and just wrote over the Christmas greeting with wishes for the new year, 1959.

The note on the back indicates the family will not “view the parade” with Lucille & Fred, which suggests to me anyway that they lived in Southern California, since the parade here is the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. My family used to live around the corner and down the street from the Rose Parade route and we could walk over. Back in the 60s, it wasn’t the free for all madhouse it is today. After we moved away from Pasadena, we still had friends in the neighborhood and would drive up, park in their driveway and walk over. Miss Parr, a long time neighbor, would have hot chocolate and these cookies with giant sugar crystals on top for us. When it got too cold to stand and watch the parade, we would walk back to Miss Parr’s house and warm up. She had the parade on the television so we didn’t miss a thing. After the Rose Parade finishes its route, the floats are taken to Pasadena City College and parked for several days so spectators can view them up close. They are gorgeous and detailed to say the least.

I hope that you have been enjoying your Christmas holidays. I am submitting this to the Sepia Saturday “open house” for the holidays and hope you will click over and visit some of the other contributors. The theme of course is the holidays.

Merry New Year!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. postcardy
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 07:07:28

    Sounds like a great experience to be in the neighborhood where the Rose Parade is held and watch it in person. I didn’t think it ever got “too cold” there.


    • Mrs Marvel
      Jan 01, 2013 @ 20:03:13

      It was 27 this morning when the parade started. Lows tonight in the mountains will be -2 to 2. That is pretty cold for this area, but we do get chilly winds of the ocean that make it feel colder than it probably is.


  2. Far Side of Fifty Photos
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 21:11:08

    I enjoyed reading about you attending the Rose lucky duck! It sounds like a great event when you were younger!
    I suppose this Mom sewed all those matching Jammies on her new Singer sewing machine:)


  3. savethephotos
    Dec 29, 2014 @ 09:19:02

    Do you still go over? I was just at the Gamble House yesterday and saw the bleachers set up for the Rose Parade.


    • Mrs Marvel
      Jan 01, 2015 @ 00:20:16

      We havent been in ages but we hope to go again one day. Our old neighborhood friends are long since gone so parking is no fun.


  4. CatM
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 14:40:44

    Oh dear. I wish I could go back in time a week and send you an invitation.


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