"The glimmering lights appear as stars of the night radiating hope
as they guide the way even in the darkness hour." ~SLS
Sitting in front of a fireplace on a cold wintry evening lends itself to relaxing and reflecting on Christmases past. Centuries ago times were much rougher, winters harsher, distances greater, travel slower, food scarcer, sufferings deeper but not without the comfort of family and friends. Life was built on hope, faith and courage with struggles and loss of loved ones occurring at any time. Both young and old could be stricken at any given moment for life 'back then' was most uncertain and totally unpredictable.
Take a few quite moments in the presence of your family and friends. Hold hands, snuggle, wrap your arms around each other: Listen to the Fireplace Native American Christmas Music. Let the spirits of ghosts of Christmases past embrace your soul and warm you heart.
children encountering Santa in a workshop where toys were prepared
for distribution by "Chicago's Own Christmas Benefit",
sponsored by Chicago Mayor Edward Joseph Kelly.
(Tribune archive photo)
Chicago Christmas 1935: Frantic shoppers on Christmas Eve
pause at State and Madison streets to listen to horse-drawn carolers
that were making a tour of the Loop. (Tribune archive photo)