Letter to the editor:
I was thinking after the controversary of the Nativity in the town square, of my memories of growing up in Oskaloosa during the holidays. I remember what a big deal it was to come to town shopping on Friday nights when all the stores were open and seeing the Christmas displays in the store windows downtown. Oskaloosa was a busy metropolis with some of the businesses of the time like, Alsop’s department store, with a wonderful housewares section in the basement, Sunstrums, Seiferts, Grahams and Younkers department stores, Kresge’s and Woolworths, Montgomery Ward and Pennys. As a child one of my favorite places was Western Auto toy section. It was a simpler life with families dressed up and shopping together, visiting Santa, the Salvation Army band playing on the corner. I remember food counters and the bulk candy departments at dime stores. I remember a huge Nativity scene on the hill in Forest Cemetary. A new special Christmas dress to wear to the church and school Christmas programs and going caroling in Cedar with my church youth group. Going to Grandpa and Grandmas and seeing all my cousins, the special Christmas foods and baking together. Christmas music and shows with Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Perry Como. My wish for this Christmas is that parents think about the memories they are creating for their children of Christmas. We need to all think about the true meaning of the holidays and how important family and friends are. Let us reach out those less fortunate, those who are alone, or whose loved ones cannot be with them. I would hope that for one day we can all put away all the technology that is consuming our lives and truly enjoy the season with our loved ones. We are so blessed to live in Oskaloosa and we need to slow down and enjoy the season and be thankful we can create special memories. Oskaloosa square is like an old fashioned Christmas card.