No one's life is sane. It is learning how to live with the insanity that is the trick. Sure, down South, we all have our skeletons in the closet. The difference is - we open the doors and let them dance on the front porch. After all, who doesn't have a mother who thinks she knows it all, a father who knows best, at least one irritating sibling, and that weird uncle no one wants to sit by at supper. I'm not sure what "Normal" is, but whatever it is, I know I live a bit south of it.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Christmas in 1950s
A new item found on the Christmas trees in the 1950's were satin covered balls.
'Spray on Snow' (aka flocking) was very popular now that it was more than just soap flakes.
Staring in the 1950's Santa's flight was tracked by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) And it all started with a wrong number. Answering an ad for Sears in Colorado in the newspaper that said “Hey, Kiddies! Call me direct and be sure and dial the correct number.”
However, the number on the ad was mis-printed. Instead of Sears and Roebuck, the number rang CONAD (the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Luckily, for the kids, a Colonel was on duty and made it his mission to tell every child that called that night where Santa was on his around the world journey. The tradition continued. CONAD became NORAD in 1958.
Now it take 1500 employees and volunteers to man the Santa Flight line and answer the calls and emails from youngsters inquiring about the current location of the Jolly Ol' Elf. Calls are received from over 200 different countries and territories, on average around 140,000 each Christmas eve. Keeping up with today's social media, Santa can now be tracked on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Probably the most iconic (well, at least curious) holiday introduction from the 1950's is the Aluminum Christmas Tree. The tree did not need lights since there was a spinning light wheel of red, green, and blue that was projected onto the tree.
Fun Fact - The death of the tinsel tree came about with A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965 with the infamous "Charlie Brown Christmas Tree."