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t’s a fairly well-known fact that the holiday season is a very generous time, but generosity doesn’t have to come in the form of money. There are numerous ways to spend your holidays on a tight budget without disappointing family, friends and charities. I am always astounded by the spending frenzy that goes on every year around this time. I remember Chanukahs as a child, standing around the Menorah, awaiting my nightly present. And every year it was preempted by my father’s recounting of how his childhood Chanukah’s were spent. “We were lucky if we got a few pennies,” he would begin, “We didn’t get big, expensive gifts like you and we were happy just to have gotten anything at all.” Unfortunately, my grandparents aren’t around to verify his claims, but I certainly understand where he’s coming from. The holidays tend to snowball on us and every year my husband and I promise we won’t get as carried away as the previous year…and every year we seem to spoil ourselves and our children even more. Not only do we (and I mean all of us - I know it’s not just me!) seem to spend uncontrollably on our children around the holidays, we buy gifts for the teachers, our friends, our extended family. We dole out dollars and change to every charity bucket outside stores. We write checks to other charitable organizations. We know we shouldn’t, and yet we shell out even more of our hard6

earned clams on new holiday outfits, decorations, photo sessions, cards, gift wrap and postage, meals out while shopping for the ingredients to make the perfect Christmas dinner in and sometimes just a “little something for me” while I look for something for you. The last thing I want to do is encourage miserliness - there’s nothing worse than a Scrooge around the holidays. What I do want is to spread the word that everyone’s holiday will be much more enjoyable if we aren’t all spending every dime for a wonderful time! Ironically, many of the fantastic things you can do around the holidays to save money are also the things that promote togetherness among family, friends and other loved ones. Gifts and Giving There are so many people we love and care about and, naturally, we want to show them what they mean to us by presenting them with a gift around the holidays. I’ve learned, though, that my friends will still love me even if we don’t exchange shiny packages.

What we enjoy even more is spending time together, relaxing and having fun in an otherwise stressfully busy season. Each year I host an ornament exchange and luncheon at my house. We get to hang out and chat, share shopping techniques and eat. Each friend brings a dish to share and a wrapped ornament. For nothing more than the cost of a tree ornament and a few hours of housecleaning I get to enjoy all of my friends and treat them to an afternoon of errandfree holiday fun. I also decided a few years ago to try to hand make as many gifts as possible. For the kids’ teachers, bus driver, and a few friends I scan magazines, craft books and the Internet to find something new and exciting that I can make many of in a short amount of time. Last Christmas I made gift baskets of homemade marshmallows (they‘re easier to make than you would imagine), two mugs, homemade hot cocoa mix, a handcrocheted potholder and a fashion scarf handmade by my children out yarn. The gift baskets were very easy and a big hit. Another great, easy and inexpensive gift you can make is a mixed CD of music you and your family enjoys or of your favorite holiday songs or a photo CD of some of your best photos from the year - grandparents and remote relatives especially like these. The key to giving homemade is to Warrenton Lifestyle

plan ahead and try to find something that each person in the family can contribute. Holiday craft making is a great opportunity for the family to spend some quality time together and it really helps the kids learn about giving from the heart. For the remote family members that I usually buy and ship gifts to I refer to my wise cousin, Robin, and sisterin-law, Lana. They discovered an art to selecting and shipping gifts long before I caught on. Each year these beauties find the perfect family gift and have it shipped directly to us. I used to think this was an extravagant way to go - catalog items can be very pricey, then add their shipping and handling fees. Not to mention the present doesn’t come with a personalized message or pretty wrapping. All I have to say about that now is pshaw - I’m over that! In reality, it’s such a genius plan. Instead of spending $10 or $20 per person on a family of four (or five, in Lana’s case) you can get a nice gift for $2530 that can be used and appreciated by the whole family and can have it shipped directly to it’s destination for less than you could send a package on your own. As for making it pretty and personal - that’s what the holiday card is for. Other ways we give from the heart around the holidays typically involves mailing off a check to a favorite charity. This year perhaps the faltering economy has left you feeling a bit squeezed and you aren’t certain you can match the donations you’ve given in years past. Just remember that there are many other forms of giving. While you may already feel harried with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, try to schedule a day that your whole family can spend together helping a local charity by donating your time. There are so many worthy causes in our area and this is a very busy time for them. Even if all you do is help to answer their phones or sort through their mail for donations you are still performing a valuable and charitable service. December 2008

You might consider helping with handyman projects for downtrodden homeowners, serving warm meals at a shelter, singing holiday carols, reading to or simply visiting nursing home residents, delivering blankets, winter coats or groceries to less fortunate area residents or many other worthy activities. To see what you can do to help try contacting one of our many charitable organizations. Some local charities that may be able to use your help, now and throughout the year, include Fauquier Family Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Fauquier Free Clinic, SCORE, Transition Housing Barn, Inc., Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County, Hospice of Fauquier County and any volunteer fire and rescue station. It’s amazing how far your efforts can go. Just one day of family time on your part can mean so much to less fortunate fellow-community members. It’s a great way to spend

time with your family and could touch you in ways you never anticipated. If that’s so, consider making it a weekly, monthly or quarterly tradition in your family - there’s no rule that says charity should only be a holiday happening! Decking the Halls, Trimming the Tree and Making the Menu Part of the allure of the holidays is making your home warm, inviting and full of holiday cheer. If you’re like me, though, it begins with the drudgery of tunneling your way through the boxes of “stuff” in the basement hoping to find the ones marked “Xmas” and then dragging them upstairs. It may also mean shopping for replacement bulbs, new ornaments and wreaths, and other eye-catching holiday tchachkes. Last year I didn’t even bother bringing up all of the boxes, there were just so many. What I noticed was that the ones Time & Money Continued on Page 8 7

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I HAD to have included the handmade wreaths my mother made many decades ago, my own handmade wreaths, ornaments my mother-in-law made and all of the wall-hangings, ornaments and knick-knacks my children have made over the years. They are my real holiday treasures. If you feel your halls need more decking try making your own, it will cost less but be worth so much more to you in the long run. You can make wonderfully beautiful wreaths and ornaments with just the gifts that Mother Nature leaves in your yard. A careful combination of black walnuts, acorns, hickory nuts, pine cones, evergreen boughs and holly berries can make very elegant holiday decorations. By using your imagination you and your family can have tons of fun working together to decorate your home in an oldfashioned way. Don’t forget to have dad read Twas the Night Before Christmas 8

while you serve hot cocoa to the children as they string popcorn or fresh cranberries to be hung on the tree.

If your holiday feast will include extended family, neighbors or friends there’s no need to take on the whole enchilada all by yourself. Plan a tentative menu of the types of dishes you’d like to have but leave it flexible enough that

outside ideas are welcome, then ask each guest to bring something from your planned menu. If each person brings just one thing to help out then dinner will be a snap, much less work and expense for you. Not to mention you’ll have a great variety at your table as people will probably prepare things a bit differently than you would. Events and Entertainment The holidays are also a great time of diverse entertainment, but this, too, can be an added expense to your budget. Fortunately, many wonderful and exciting events take place in the community that don’t cost a dime. For instance, you can watch the Christmas parade down Main Street in Warrenton and greet Santa as he arrives by horse-drawn carriage, drive through some festive neighborhoods at night just to view the colorful and imaginative holiday displays, or even host a few of your own expense-free events. Time & Money Continued on Page 10 Warrenton Lifestyle

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If you choose to provide some entertainment of your own there are tons of fun things you can invite your friends to do that won’t cost them or you any money at all. You can have guests bring a batch of homemade cookies to share and nibble while you watch a classic holiday movie together. Another option, which will also save you and your loved ones a bit on postage, is to invite everyone over for homemade hot cocoa and a holiday card exchange. If you need some time alone for secret gift shopping time, arrange a few of these get-togethers with your friends, rotating houses, and at each gathering a few adults can chaperone the kids while the others sneak out for a few hours. While ‘tis the season for so many fabulous things like holiday cheer, hustling and bustling to great shops, Jack Frost nipping at your nose and visiting with people you may not see much of the rest of the year, it doesn’t have to be the season for breaking the bank and leaving you wondering if it was all worth 10

it come January. Give a little extra thought this year to what the holidays truly mean to you and what you want the holidays to mean to your children. While we always want the best for the people we love, taking more time to show our love with handcrafted unique gifts and time spent in

each other’s company can be a better way to make more memorable holidays. When you look back upon holidays past the gifts you received may not always spring to mind - even the ones that seemed so cool at the time - what we will remember are the moments we shared enjoying the people we love. Warrenton Lifestyle

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Fauquier at 250: A Virginia Story New county history honors the past, explains the present, points to the future.

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n early 2001, the late Julian Scheer contacted Maxwell Harway of Warrenton, then the president of the Fauquier Historical Society, about heading a committee to publish a new county history book in connection with the county’s upcoming 250th anniversary. Although at first reluctant to take on the responsibility – Harway noted that he would be 96 years old when the celebration would take place in 2009 – he assented anyway, and would be the driving force behind the project until it was completed nearly eight years later. The organizational meeting held in 2001 was attended by a group of county people from diverse backgrounds and interests, but all were there for the same reason: their love of Fauquier County history, and their commitment to tell the county’s story in an accurate, inclusive and ultimately readable way. From the beginning, they considered their involvement in the project a privilege and an honor. Among those present was the late John K. Gott, who as a young man had written most of the county’s Bicentennial history book, published in 1959. John made many excellent points at this first meeting, setting forth the standards of 14

accuracy and completeness that were the hallmarks of his long and distinguished career. His death in 2004 was a great loss to the county, as well as the committee. Others serving included The Plains businessman Mark Ohrstrom, whose family had been involved in the 1959 Bicentennial celebration; Suzanne Scheer, wife of Julian Scheer; Janet Hofer, who worked on the initial contract; and Richard Gookin, who became president of the Fauquier Historical Society in 2004. Like most volunteer efforts, each person on the committee brought their particular talent or ability to the table, whether it was planning, fund raising, research, writing, editing or negotiating. Early on, it was decided that the committee would work with a recognized academic institution to assemble the history book, which would be published under the auspices of the Fauquier Historical Society. This arrangement would offer two benefits: a scholarly “first draft” of

the book, and an impressive university imprint – and the cache’ that comes with it. Chairman Harway made contact earlier with Alan Merton, president of George Mason University in Fairfax, and Jack Censer, then head of the

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the project. Initially, it was decided that GMU Press would provide the research, writing, and editorial review of the book. The manuscript would then go to the University Press of Virginia – the book publishing division of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville – which would do a final review and handle the design, production, printing and distribution of the book. The work begins Kathi Ann Brown of Charlottesville, a former GMU history department graduate student and owner of Milestone Publications Inc., was contracted to write the first draft. It was to be a 50,000-word book, covering the history of Fauquier County from the earliest times to the present. Working with graduate assistants and contract researchers, primary and secondary research was done, along with the gathering of photos and maps and permissions to 16

reprint them. Brown completed the first draft for examination by the committee in October 2006. The committee then contracted

with Walter Nicklin, publisher of the Piedmont Virginian magazine, to rewrite the final chapter of the book. It was also decided that committee member John Toler, editor of the Fauquier Historical Society newsletter as well as author of numerous articles on local history, would add his expertise to the earlier chapters. Once their work was completed, Toler and Nicklin edited each other’s contributions, and presented them to the committee. The final chapter written by Nicklin addresses the changes and challenges the county has faced from the early 1950s to the present time, focusing on the rapid population growth and the pressures brought on by development. Toler went through the rest of the book, and using a variety of sources – including some of his own research and writings – added significantly more historical information, vintage photos and local color. It took several months to complete Fauquier Continued on Page 18 Warrenton Lifestyle

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the revisions, but in the end, the book was expanded from six chapters to nine, and the word count increased by about 20 percent. Also added were dozens of photographs provided by the Fauquier Historical Society, Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Society, AfroAmerican Historical Society of Fauquier County and private collections. Dr. Censer and the GMU Press editorial team went through revised manuscript, making the necessary refinements to bring it up to professional standards. Where AP Style (as in newspapers) conflicted with Chicago Style (for books), Chicago Style was used. The original wording, the “War Between the States” became the “Civil War,” which according to Censer is the correct terminology used by historians. “That’s how you’ll have to do it, if you want your book to be seriously considered by other historians,” he advised us. So, “Civil War” it is. At this time, it was also decided 18

Maxwell Harway of Warrenton, headed a committee to publish the new county history book in connection with the county’s upcoming 250th anniversary.

that GMU Press would assume the responsibilities for the design and production, and partner with the University Press of Virginia for the promotion and distribution of the new book, including listing in their widelydistributed catalogue and on their Web page. A History in Nine Chapters In its final form, Chapter One, “The Beauty of These Parts,” deals with Fauquier County’s Pre-history to 1720; Chapter Two, “From Back Country to New County,” is the colonial period from 1721 to 1759; and Chapter Three, and “War and Revolution,” is about the years 1760-1814; and Chapter Four, “Settlement and Western Migration” deals with the years 1815-1860. Chapter Five is about “Transportation, Industry and Slavery in the 19th Century.” Chapter Six, “The Debatable Land” covers the Civil War Years, 18611865, and Chapter Seven, “”Quieter Times in Fauquier” deals with the period 1866-1910. Chapter Eight, “War, Depression and the Seeds of Change” is Warrenton Lifestyle

about the years 1911-1951, and Chapter Nine, “Into the 21st Century” concludes with the years 1952-2009. With text approved and artwork assembled, the manuscript and graphics were submitted in digital form to Spectrum Creative LLC of Fairfax, the design firm used exclusively by GMU Press. Marcella Drula-Johnson, owner of the company, and designer Andrea Harris met with Harway and Toler several times to go over the work. Basic issues such as page size, column width and design elements were explained and discussed in the first meeting. The designers soon came up with several cover designs, as well as recommendations for the typography and interior layout. All aspects of the work were reviewed by GMU Press. Deadlines and an interim proofing schedule of the book were set, and soon the first publication draft – in actual book form – was completed. The choice of book covers “went to committee” for a decision, with the finalists being a color aerial photo of the Linden Vineyard by Ken Garrett, competing with a tinted 19th century woodcut of Courthouse Square, and a color photo of Neavil’s Mill. After much debate, it was decided that the striking vineyard photo would go on the front cover, the courthouse picture on the back cover (for softbound copies and the dust jacket) and the mill photo used in the color photo section inside. The first publication draft was reviewed by the committee and GMU Press. A second draft was produced, implementing the recommended changes and corrections. This draft was used to catch typographical errors, and to make final adjustments. The third draft, which was later shared with the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors and some of the main contributors to the project, looked very much like the final product, although spiral bound. The final task undertaken by the committee and the designers was building the index of the book, an

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important part of any publication that is to be used as a reference as well as a record. This was painstakingly done over a two weeks, with proofs sent back-and-forth between Harway and Toler and the designers. Finally, it was completed and approved. Originally planned for 208 pages, the book finally weighed-in at 240. What others are saying Pre-publication reviews of Fauquier at 250: A Virginia Story have been very positive. Warren Hofstra, professor of American History at Shenandoah University, describes the book as an “Elegantly designed, thoughtfully illustrated and expertly written volume that represents local history at its best.” Ted McCord, assistant professor at George Mason University, added that the book is “Beautifully written, in the tradition of such Northern Virginia historians as Fairfax Harrison, Edith Sprouse and Charles P. Poland Jr., and can be relished by anyone interested in Virginia history.” 20

Local author Nick Kotz, of The Plains, who is also the president of Protect Historic America, says, “This new book on Fauquier County brilliantly brings its past and present history alive. It is a book which should give immense pride to anyone who lives in Fauquier, and should be required reading in schools and for anyone who wants to truly understand our past and see why we should preserve our historic heritage,” With the book in the hands of the printers, those involved in the project had time to breathe a sigh of relief – and enjoy the sense of anticipation until the final product arrived. Having gone through the process, everyone recognized the tremendous amount of detailed work -- including the research, writing, editing and photo selection -- that went into the book. At times it seemed that as soon as one problem was solved, it would be followed by another; staying on schedule and on budget was a continual challenge. To be sure, there were debates and compromises made along

the way, but as it was in the beginning, the goal was to produce out the most accurate, complete and readable history of Fauquier County, and that is what as at the heart of each decision. For everyone involved, it was a learning process, and if ever done again – say, in another 50 years – it will be much easier.

Fauquier at 250, A Virginia Story is available in softbound ($29.95) and hardbound copies ($49.95) at the Old Jail Museum, the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitors Center and select local bookstores. Also available through the University Press of Virginia. For more information, call the Fauquier Historical Society at (540) 347-5525, or write to the Fauquier Historical Society at P.O. Box 675, Warrenton, VA 20188.

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Historic Old Town Warrenton Happenings The falling leaves haven’t turned to falling snow yet, but Christmas is still on the way. Five weeks until the big day and your head is spinning from Thanksgiving? You haven’t even started shopping much less thought of decorating cookies, trimming the house in festive greens, and raking the last of the oak leaves that fall five minutes before guest arrive? I know you are waiting with baited breath for the first Christmas letter to arrive telling you how fabulous someone’s life is going and the mere fact they had time to write the letter before Easter makes you want to send it back…address unknown. There is a calmer way of getting ready for Christmas, shopping in a quaint atmosphere, and finding just the right gift for that special person on your list. Come to Old Town Warrenton where Christmas comes to town with an Illumination Walk bringing Santa to GumDrop Square, where the streetscapes are nostalgic

and return you to the days that “used to be.” Watch for ads and mail-outs from Warrenton merchants informing you of their holiday hours and offers. You will be happy you shopped in Old Town. Be sure to leave room in your schedule for the local restaurants. The restaurants are ready with their winter menus to serve you some of the finest cuisine in the metro area. If you are entertaining, there are many shops that offer the perfect entertainment items that will make your dinner or cocktail party perfect. The Partnership is having a Sock Drive for the Fauquier Family Shelter in Warrenton. When asked what they needed most this time of year, “its socks”. So in order to make that part of the winter easier for them we are collecting new socks at several Old Town Warrenton locations. Be Boutique, GumDrop Square, Molly’s Irish Pub, Toddlin’ Time and the Partnership office. Thank you for helping in this project. The Old Town Illumination Walk will kick off Christmas and GumDrop Square.

Friday, December 5th at pm, Santa will arrive in Warrenton and light Old Town. gumdrop Square will open immediately upon Santa’s arrival. Gumdrop Square and Santa’s Secret Shop will be open every weekend in December until Christmas. Friday nights promise horse drawn hayrides, carolers, a live Nativity, entertainment and much more. Check the Partnership’s website for holiday updates, and see our ad in this magazine on page 22 for the complete GumDrop Square schedule. Please contact the Partnership office if you have any questions about any of the events or to volunteer at 540-349-8606, e-mail us at amy@partnershipforwarrenton. org, or visit our website at www. partnershipforwarrenton.org. The Partnership for Warrenton is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the economic and aesthetic development of Old Town Warrenton through a comprehensive process of economic revitalization that seeks to protect, enhance and promote its architectural and historical heritage.

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Locks Of Love by Jennifer Scheulen he holiday season is upon us and mailboxes are overflowing with requests for contributions to various charitable causes, all worthwhile but overwhelming in sheer volume. With the economy in a state of disarray, it’s easy to feel that you just can’t possibly afford to donate anything this year. Most everyone is worried about making ends meet and preparing for an unknown future with a new president. What people often forget is that you can always give more than money. You can donate items to your local charitable thrift stores or shelters, and you can certainly donate your time to help with various organizations, whether they are year round causes or special holiday projects. A very worthy group that you may not be aware of is Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Most of the recipients suffer from alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair follicles to shut down. Others have undergone radiation treatment for brain cancer or long-term chemotherapy for other cancers, or suffered severe burns. It’s hard enough being a kid in today’s society without the added stigma of being bald. Locks of Love helps children regain a sense of confidence and self-esteem. The Locks of Love hairpieces don’t require any tape or glue—they “vacuum seal” to the scalp and can only be removed by breaking the seal at the temples. Kids can shower, swim, play sports and even do



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Celebrate the Holidays with Lights for Life The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary’s annual program to honor loved ones with holiday lights on Hospital Hill will be held this year on Wednesday, December 3. Visitors will gather near the Fauquier Hospital Emergency Department entrance at 7:00 p.m. to see five Norway spruce trees illuminated. The lights will represent hundreds of special individuals who have been remembered or honored by friends and family. Money raised from the sale of the lights will go toward the Auxiliary’s pledge to Fauquier Hospital’s cardiopulmonary unit. The Lights for Life celebration is always festive and never fails to put everyone in the mood for jingle bells and gingerbread. The St. James Episcopal Church Junior Choir will provide music this year.

The Lights for Life program began in 1983, when Airlie donated the beautiful evergreens and the community was invited to remember loved ones by purchasing lights. Every year, on the first Wednesday in December, the hospital’s Auxiliary has continued the tradition. Each year one person is chosen as the top of the tree honoree, for his/her contributions to the hospital and the auxiliary. The 2008 topof-the-tree honoree is Blue Ridge Orthopedic Associates surgeon David M. Snyder, M.D. He is being honored for years of service to his patients and to the community. For more information on the Lights for Life celebration, those interested may call the hospital information desk at 540-316-4636.

The Helping Hands of the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary is an integral part of the Fauquier Health team. Founded in 1954, the Auxiliary’s original mission was to help hospital personnel by providing necessary funding and a wide variety of supplemental services. The Auxiliary pays for equipment and the development of patient-centered programs. The Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop, now located on Main Street, was established in 1955 as the group’s first fund-raising project. Still going strong, the Thrift Shop has proven to be one of the most prosperous sources of funding for the Auxiliary year after year. In addition to generating funds to support Fauquier Health, the store also provides donations of clothing to families within the community. Items for sale range from household items, books, jewelry and toys to dresses, pants, shoes and even gently worn prom and wedding dresses. The shop’s volunteers generate $30,000 to $50,000 each year. Another source of revenue for the Auxiliary is the hospital Gift Shop. The all-volunteer staff sells everything from candy and flowers to handmade jewelry. From $25,000 to $60,000 is raised each year through the Gift Shop. In 1959, the Auxiliary began one of its most important and rewarding projects, the Nurse Scholarship Program. The program has since been expanded to include scholarships for all health care-related fields and for young men as well as young women. The Candy striper program, introduced in 1961, has evolved into the current Jr. Volunteer program, which attracts more than 60 young people every year. It’s a yearround program that gives young people in the community the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of the community. Junior Volunteers also broaden their horizons, acquire knowledge and expand their experiences by working in all areas of Fauquier Health. Fifty years after the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary’s humble beginnings, more than 330 volunteers and auxiliary members support the day-to-day operations of the 86-bed hospital, contributing more than 36,000 hours of dedicated service each year. 36

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December 2008


By Jennifer Heyns


here is truly something special in the air surrounding the holiday season. Somehow the stress of the hustle and bustle intermingles with the excitement, joy and generosity of the coming festivities that brings a certain spring to the step and a glimmer to the eye. Still, I can’t help but wonder what this magical time was like when times were much simpler. How were the holidays celebrated before the invention of electronic and battery-operated gadgets, before the onset of shopping malls, Internet commerce, before the attitudes of entitlement, instant gratification and abundance? One hundred years ago, things were, in fact much simpler. In 1900 the population of our nation had just surpassed 76 million people, only a fraction over 25 percent of the number of Americans in the year 2000. Newly introduced to our counterparts of a hundred years ago were the light bulb, skyscrapers, phonographs, typewriters, escalators and diesel fuel. Around this time the Brooklyn Bridge and the Eiffel Tower were erected. Americans in 1900 were dazzled and held in awe at the newly emerging technology that brought them recorded music and motion pictures. A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, made its cinematic debut as a 15 minute silent film starring Thomas Ricketts in 1908. 40

In the year 1900, William McKinley was re-elected as the nation’s president, with Theodore Roosevelt serving as Vice President. Towns were smaller, families were larger and many people still lived

without electricity, indoor plumbing and motor vehicles. Imagine how different your Christmas or Chanukah would be without these things. Today we adults generally run around trying to prepare for the perfect holiday while the children are at school and spouses are off at work or running in different directions, hoping to pull it all together in time for quality family time on the eve and day of the holiday. A century ago, though,

preparing for the holidays was an exciting time of togetherness for the entire family. A book of memories was written by Helen Cooper, who was born in 1899, and she included her memories of what Christmas shopping was like a hundred years ago: On Saturday they [her father’s work] would shut at 3 o’clock. I was dressed in my best bib and tucker and best button boots. We would go to the grocers on the corner of Worcester Street, Jarvis, they were called, a very old-fashioned shop. A great coffee machine stood in the corner with a funny top like a chimney on a train. The coffee smell was lovely; also there were chairs for the customers to sit on. Miss Jarvis was a very plump, jolly woman who was very fond of children and always gave them a bag of biscuits. Also you were given a Christmas box, unlike today when you’re supposed to give the shops one instead. You could choose between a bottle of port, a pork pie or a lovely Christmas case covered with almonds. The shops went out of their way to celebrate Christmas. The port butcher had a pig with a rosy apple in his mouth and a rosette in his ear; even the sausages were decorated with paper roses… The stalls were crowded with people shopping and decked with oil lanterns shining on the goods. The fairy lights outside St. Martins Church and two Father Christmases, one at the top of New Street and one lower down by the market. It looked like a picture from a children’s Yesteryear Continued on Page 42 Warrenton Lifestyle

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storybook. Everyone seemed so happy, they would join in the carols from the church. Barneby’s in the Great Western Arcade was the leading toy shop. It was a shop full of old world charm. There were penny dips for the children that was a real treat to have a dip from Father Christmas’s sack. I would clutch my penny until the last minute. He was such a jolly Father Christmas. It was such an innocent and simple time when children were delighted by grocery shopping and church songs. One thing was apparent from all of the memories I gleaned from accounts of the early 1900s: Christmas held far more focus on thankfulness, respect, family and indulging in a beautiful and bountiful meal. Children were overjoyed at the one or two presents they found under the Christmas tree something simple, often hand-crafted, like a doll or miniature China set for the girls and a wooden train set for the boys. Stockings held goodies like fresh fruit, nuts and perhaps a few pennies. 42

My mother remembered what her mother had told her of Christmases from the turn of the previous century. “Times were very tough then and I remember my mother saying they were lucky to get an orange in their stockings,” she told me, “She and her sisters and brother made their Christmas gifts.” My, how far away from that we are today. Back then, Chanukah was even simpler than those uncomplicated Christmases. Originally Chanukah was a minor Jewish holiday that paled in comparison to many others like Passover, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Chanukah literally means ‘dedication’ and the celebration was derived from the Jews who, under the direction of Judah Maccabee, reclaimed their Holy Temple from the Syrians and rededicated it to their religious purposes. Upon lighting their oil lamp in the newly rededicated temple the Jews found only enough oil to light the lamp for a single day, but miraculously the illumination lasted eight days.

After generations of Jews lived and practiced their religion in fear of persecution by oppressive European and Asian leaders, many of them found it liberating to be able to openly claim their religion in our fairly new nation. By 1900, celebrating Chanukah became a way for American Jews to candidly show pride in their own religious identity. It became a way to share in the joy and celebratory excitement that Christmas brought to their fellow countrymen, since Chanukah came near the end of the year as well. Although they began to celebrate Chanukah more widely, American Jews still held the holiday’s simplicity at home, merely lighting the Menorah, reciting the Hebrew prayer for the holiday and giving their children just small tokens - about the equivalent of what Christian children could expect in their Christmas stockings. “We knew it was Chanukah when we tasted our favorite food - potato latkes,” said Phil Goldman, who grew up in New Yesteryear Continued on Page 44 Warrenton Lifestyle


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York in the 1930s and 40s, “They weren’t the wimpy latkes you get today, fried in pure vegetable oil. In those days the delights were fried in rendered chicken fat prepared by Momma with onions and garlic. There were no leftovers, no matter how many Mother made.” As for gifts, Goldman recollected that there wasn’t all that much to speak of. “What gifts?” he asked, “The Christians still considered Christmas a religious holiday and stocking stuffers sufficed. We received a few pennies and it was called Chanukah gelt.” By the 1940’s however, toy manufacturers and shops decided to capitalize on the end-of-year holidays and declared them children’s holidays, urging parents to lavish their children with indulgences not typically seen the rest of the year. “The gifts were modest but very much appreciated,” recalled Janet Goldman, who was raised in a Christian household in Colorado through the 1940s and 50s, “I remember one Christmas I got up in the wee hours to check out the gifts and stumbled over a bike. I was thrilled - I had been wanting a bike but didn’t think we could afford it. My father found a used bike and painted it and it looked great. That bike got lots of use for a long time.” She reminisced about the abundance her family’s living room held with all of the presents from each other in addition to the parcels sent by aunts and uncles. 44

“The whole living room looked like a toy store as far as I was concerned,” said Goldman, “There were dolls and doll clothes, paper dolls, toy guns and holsters.” Sally Heyns recalled similar celebrations from her Christmases in the same time frame in Texas. “It wasn’t a lot different than it is today for me,” she began, “maybe the toys were a little less technical. Dolls, dolls, dolls for three girls. My sister, Carol who was a tomboy, actually got a Beebe gun one year. We went to my grandmother’s in Patterson, Texas and managed to shoot all the neighbors guinea hens - we were definitely in trouble over that. We didn’t really know any better - we thought they were wild, but they weren’t and I imagine my dad was in more trouble than we were for buying her that gun!” At least she didn’t shoot somebody’s eye out! It’s easy to see how the holidays have escalated into the tremendous celebrations we enjoy today. New innovations, technology and prosperity have allowed us to take pleasure in offering abundance to our loved ones at the end of a hard-working year. Still, I can’t help but long for simpler pleasures - more modestly spoiled children, more respect and thoughtful reflection, more togetherness. Although I think I’ll still forego inviting the children to trudge along as I scour the aisles for the makings of a perfect Christmakah dinner, perhaps I’ll let them help prepare the feast, decorate the house and select the holiday music….perhaps. Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and God Bless! Warrenton Lifestyle

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