Some people love spending the holiday season in the “big city,” but, to me, there’s nothing better than a small town Christmas. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to grow up in a the quaint and charming small town of Culpeper, Virginia. In the 70s and 80s, Christmases in Culpeper were magical . . . simply magical.
The crisp chill in the air, combined with the wonderful decorations, made for so many wonderful memories.
Beginning just after Thanksgiving, the decorations would go up all over town. Garland bordered banners would stretch across Main Street and the light poles were all decked out in their holiday best. Every year, I would get so excited to see these decorations go up. It really added to the excitement.
Then there were the store decorations. Newberry’s would paint Christmas scenes in their store windows and the A&P and Safeway would decorate their entire parking lots. It was enough to make a little kid’s head swim and heart swell.
But, to me, nothing was quite as exciting as seeing the mailbox go up at Aide’s Department Store. Every year, Aide’s would put in a special box to collect letters to Santa Claus. Somehow, they had worked out a special deal link directly to the North Pole. Kids would deposit their letters in the box and might even hear Santa read the letter live on WCVA radio. You just knew that your letter had been received when you heard Santa read it.
I have so many wonderful memories of those Christmases in Culpeper and I look forward to sharing them with you here. In the past, I’ve tried to make this site a generic Christmas website, but that’s changing. Now, the site will feature just what the name suggests: my memories of Christmas. I hope these memories help rekindle your own memories and help you create some new ones.
Merry Christmas, Y’all.