Cleveland Christmas Memories: Looking Back at Holidays Past

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What made Christmas extra-special to a Cleveland kid? Come relive some of your fondest moments . . .

Seeing Mr. Jingeling (the keeper of Santa's keys) on TV or in person at Halle's. Gazing at the giant Sterling-Lindner tree. Stopping at Higbee's downstairs Frosty Bar for sweet relief after the long line to see Santa. Ice skating on Public Square. A dazzling and elegant Cleveland Orchestra concert at Severance Hall. Mouthwatering treats from Hough Bakery and traditional ethnic ...

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Overview

What made Christmas extra-special to a Cleveland kid? Come relive some of your fondest moments . . .

Seeing Mr. Jingeling (the keeper of Santa's keys) on TV or in person at Halle's. Gazing at the giant Sterling-Lindner tree. Stopping at Higbee's downstairs Frosty Bar for sweet relief after the long line to see Santa. Ice skating on Public Square. A dazzling and elegant Cleveland Orchestra concert at Severance Hall. Mouthwatering treats from Hough Bakery and traditional ethnic flavors from the local market. The brilliant holiday lighting display at GE’s Nela Park . . .

Join in as dozens of Northeast Ohioans share their personal stories of Christmas past; includes recollections of people who made Christmas happen, too: former Santas, retail window dressers, entertainers, and of course parents.

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Editorial Reviews

ClevelandClassicMedia.com - Tim Lones
Gail Ghetia Bellamy crystallizes the memories of Christmas in Cleveland . . . an amazing job . . . the pictures alone are worth the price . . . If you are from Cleveland, this book will be an exciting trip down Memory Lane. I highly, highly recommend it.
Cleveland Magazine - Jim Vickers
Every year that passes, the Christmas memories of our youth grow sweeter and more perfect. A 1965 photograph of holiday shopping at Higbee's or an original Atari 2600 box can momentarily transport us to times as treasured as they are impossible to revisit. That's the emotional territory author Gail Ghetia Bellamy covers in Cleveland Christmas Memories. The photo-heavy, 120-page book not only documents the city's bygone retail traditions, but also steps inside our homes to look at how we celebrated the holidays. . . . What resonates are the photographs of artifacts from Christmases past, be it a kid's shopping bag from the Higbee's Twigbee Shop, a WMMS advertisment with the FM rock station's iconic buzzard pulling the sleigh or Frankie Yankovic's 1964 album Christmas Party.
IHeartCleveland.com - Book Reviewer
Filled with great Cleveland holiday nostalgia reference, imagery and stories . . . I would recommend each CLE-lover have a copy on hand for those nights sitting around the fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa and holiday tunes in the air . . . Magical stuff in this book!
ChristmasTVHistory.com - Joanna Wilson
A nostalgic guide to the Christmas experience for the Boomer Generation living in Northeast Ohio However, the book may have an interest to those beyond Northeast Ohio residents from the 1940s to the 1980s. The many photos in this book will stir Christmas memories whether you've ever lived in Cleveland or not!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938441080
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/5/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 349,414
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Ghetia Bellamy is a Certified Culinary Professional with a Ph.D. in creative writing. She is the executive food editor of Restaurant Hospitality magazine, has written about food and drink for numerous publications around the country, and has contributed to more than a half-dozen books about food, dining, and the arts. She is also an accomplished poet whose work has appeared more than 80 publications and has been published in two books and featured in several anthologies. She is the recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship in Literature grant from the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture, funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Gail is a native Clevelander.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Christmas, Cleveland-Style Christmas Shopping: The Downtown Pilgrimage The Arts of Christmas in Cleveland Local Traditions With All the Trimmings Trees and Decorations at Home Christmas Cuisine: The Ghosts of Christmas Repasts Kid Stuff Visits to Santa Claus: They Laughed, They Cried, They Got Into Line Mr. Jingeling: Keeper of the Keys Toys: The Ghost of Christmas Presents Recapturing Christmases Past
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Great Gift!

    I bought this book for my father and mother-in-law for Christmas. Both loved looking back on the memories of their childhood.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Brings back wonderful memories.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    New or old ¿ our memories are not only our own

    I didn’t grow up in Cleveland, having arrived as a full-grown adult. However, I still did enjoy reading this book. The city was very much like it is in this book when I came here, and I do remember all of the downtown department stores and the incredible tree in Sterling-Lindners! Wow! doesn’t begin to get it for that one! Just try to visualize a tree wearing soccer-ball sized shiny globes all over it! And enough tinsel to outfit the Tin Man for his trip to Oz! It’s hard to believe that there were wooden escalators in Higbee’s, but there were, because I clearly remember losing my shoe to one of them. Being younger and more agile then, I was able to rescue my shoe and my dignity, while joining in the laughter and chuckles from other passengers and those who were just passers-by. The fabulously clever and decorated windows of the department stores were magic, and prompted one to stand for long minutes in the bitter cold, absorbing all the details. “Oh, look, that foot moves!” It did, too, looking for all the world as though the ice skate it was wearing was really moving on ice. Little creatures zipped around on the train or by their own flights of fancy, drawing oohs and ahhs from young and old alike. The smell of the roasting peanuts surrounded the onlookers at May’s and Higbee’s, enticing everyone to come in to the store and indulge in the warmth if nothing else. There was music everywhere—on the streets, in the stores, and in churches all over the city. The mid-60s were wonderful years here when creativity was still valued as much as the bottom line. Visits to Santa or Mr. Jingeling were such special occasions! We could only pity those poor souls in other cities who didn’t have a Mr. Jingeling. There was, after all, only one of him, while Santa had an awful lot of look-alike assistants. Being Cleveland, situated on Lake Erie meant there was almost always snow, making Santa’s trip that much easier. For some reason, snow wasn’t so obnoxious in those years, either. There are wonderful photographs—in color and/or black & white—throughout the book. It’s only 120 pages long but will keep you happily occupied for many, many hours. Reading the memories of folks who helped to construct the thrills for the inhabitants of the city will add depth to the finished product. In later years, I was an usher for Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concerts and helped construct costumes for the Cleveland Play House’s A Christmas Carol. I was there for the premiere of A Child’s Christmas in Wales at the Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square presented by the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. I saw The Nutcracker and Black Nativity. So even if my memories are not as old as some in this book, it still provided a poignant reminder of these warm and inviting events. You won’t regret spending time in the long-ago Christmas seasons re-visited in this book. Even if you didn’t grow up here. But if you did, it should be an extra-special treat. Sometimes you can go home again!

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