In search of story

Connections: December 18.16


2015-12-14-uncle-mistletoesBack in the day

when shopping was grand

with a hat on your head

and a glove on your hand

Marshall Field’s was the place

to wander slack-jawed

wide-eyed and gasping

covetous and awed.

Field’s was the place

to play “let’s pretend”

with your grandma, your mom

or your best girlfriend.

Uncle Mistletoe, Aunt Holly

in Christmas benevolence

nodded and twinkled

amid grandeur and elegance

part of a world

that flattered and taunted

and taught us we couldn’t

have everything we wanted.

More thanks to the S.W. Berg Photo Archives

and to the D.J. Berg Christmas Panorama.



4 thoughts on “Connections: December 18.16

  1. I remember the anticipation of walking downtown on the day after Thanksgiving to see the decorations in the stores. The store windows had winter scenes, and inside there were decorations everywhere. It was always a magical time. 🙂 It tends to lose a lot when the season starts the day after Labor Day, and the entire purpose is the ring of the cash register.

    • I could not agree more! Change may be the constant but some things — like that magic — ought not change. Thus do we unpack the old ornaments and the old Uncle Mistletoes and tell the stories that go with them. And, oh, those windows — “Star Wars” cannot compare when it comes to special effects!

  2. I think I’ve actually heard of Denby’s, but I don’t know how or why. You know those Christmas windows in “A Christmas Story”? Those were mine — “Hohman” is where I grew up. I bet Denby’s wasn’t too different from that or from the other department store in “Hohman.”

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