Lebanon Reporter

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December 19, 2013

Distant echoes of Christmases Past

It’s not very difficult to hear the echoes of Christmases past, if one really tries hard enough. Just like all of the other four senses, echoes play an important part in our remembering the past. There is something different about the sounds that play over and over in our minds, compared to just smelling cookies baking in the oven or the aroma of a turkey wafting throughout our homes. Not everyone can hear the chatter of grandparents long since gone from our lives so very many years ago, let alone the scampering and screeching sounds of children running down the stairs on Christmas mornings past. I don’t believe that a person has to have a special gift, similar to that of extrasensory perception, to be able to draw on the long ago happenings of the distant past. Every generation seems to lose something special when it comes to this time of year. Just during my life span, I can remember so many ways that the Christmas season was celebrated. It really doesn’t take much to draw back on those wonderful memories of the holidays when I was growing up. Anyone over the age of 50 can surely remember just how beautifully downtown Lebanon was decorated this time of the year. Christmas lights were strung across the streets around the square along with lighted wreaths and other doodads that were symbols of the holiday season. And how could we ever forget all of the bright lights that were stretched from the courthouse dome to every building around the square? I can remember that we could be miles out of town in any direction and still be able to see those vivid colors of reds, greens, blues, oranges and whites glimmering brightly in the darkness of winter’s night. If any of the early astronauts were whizzing overhead at that time, I’m just certain that they would have been able to see our small city’s brilliant tribute to Christ’s birthday. What added even more to the ambiance was that we seemed to always have a heavy blanket of snow covering the ground at that time of year. The temperature seemed to be so much colder in those days of the 1950s and 1960s and that too, added to the atmosphere of the Christmas holidays.

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