CEDAR CREST CHIROPRACTIC
Dr. Paul Braadt
1028 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103 • 610-776-2005 • www.CedarCrestChiropractic.com
THE HOLIDAY SEASON THEN AND NOW Christmas With Dr. Braadt
childhood train set, which was in working order. It was a very festive time of year.
As a young boy, the day after Thanksgiving meant that Christmas was almost here, starting with Santa’s arrival at the end of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. All six of us were on our best behavior because we knew that Santa was now watching! My mom began to decorate our home starting with the Advent calendar, wreaths on the doors, candles in the windows, and colorful poinsettias throughout the house. We all had stockings with our names on them, and they hung from the mantle in the living room. A week before Christmas, Mom would start prepping for Christmas dinner and going through our holiday clothing to make sure we were all ready for the pictures that would surely come. As the weather got colder up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, we were all hoping for a white Christmas. As Christmas drew closer, the holiday movies began. Every year we watched Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Holiday Inn,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, and, of course, Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” We also gathered around the TV with my parents for the variety show holiday specials, including “The Milton Berle Show,” “The Red Skelton Show,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “The Carol Burnett Show” and “The Bob Hope Christmas Special” for our troops overseas. From a Christian tradition, we also prepared for the upcoming Nativity. Our Jewish friends and neighbors began their preparations for Hanukkah on Dec. 22. My dad would always bring home a fresh tree that he put on a platform so the tree touched the ceiling. He surrounded the tree with his
On Christmas Day, we got up early and were escorted to the living room by our parents. All the gifts were around the tree, so we knew that our good behavior was rewarded. Then we took turns opening gifts and playing with our favorites. After a while, we got dressed in our holiday outfits and went to church. The music and choir were especially grand. I loved “Joy to the World,” which ended the service. Then we went home, played with our gifts, and waited for our extended family and friends to start arriving for a delicious dinner my mom had spent the entire week preparing. We continued many of these traditions with Michelle, our daughter. Georgette and I always laughed that we had to wake her up on Christmas Day, even when she was very young. Once up, she was ready to go. The two of them would sit on the top stair while I took the traditional picture. Michelle always checked the kitchen table to see if Santa had eaten his cookies and drank his milk and the reindeer had eaten their carrots. Santa always left a letter acknowledging her good works while making a few suggestions for the upcoming year. We taught Michelle that Santa was very busy but stopped by with three special gifts for her and her stocking, which she loved the most. Then we went off to my sister’s home for a celebration, which always included our single friends and extended family. With so many family members, each individual received one gift from their Secret Santa. The kids loved keeping the secret of who they got and making a gift for them, and they especially enjoyed presenting their gift to
their special family member. It really helped to emphasize the value of giving. You can still see many of the handmade gifts at everyone’s homes. At this time of year, it’s a great opportunity to reach out to family, friends, neighbors, and those in our community who are less fortunate. Activities like donating to a food drive, visiting nursing homes and hospitals, participating in Toys for Tots, etc. make a difference. Whatever your traditions and whoever you celebrate with during this time of year, we wish you a happy holiday season and a merry Christmas. Thank you again for trusting me with your health!
In knowledge and in health,
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