Memories, like birds, fleeting. One must grasp with heart hands.
Of course, Christmas was celebrated on 5th Street, and celebrated in a big way. But, alas, times have changed and the way of celebrating has changed dramatically, literally. Blogger was there for only two Christmas assemblies, but recalls that they were really big, held in the old auditorium (3rd floor, or 2nd?) Weren’t there little gifts or favors for everyone? Was there a prayer service also? Who remembers? The archives would be blessed to include some accounts of what is remembered from “the good old days,” and from Hilton Dr. celebrations (once much bigger than the current ones). Today we are down to the nitty-gritty of the feast, focusing on THE FEAST with a prayer service at the end of semester exams. Otherwise the observance is in making other people’s needs the focus through collections of necessities for the less privileged and candy for local jails.
So what is preserved in the archives? Lots of photos, if one had the time to fish for Christmas photos. But what was retrieved of the 5th Street celebrations is shown below. If anyone is recognized, let us know.