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Back in the Day: Thoughts turn to Christmas

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A Mother Goose Christmas tree highlights the sunroom of Dr. and Mrs. Michael House.


The Daily Reflector

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Now that the turkey has finally digested and the thrill of Black Friday has come and gone, many local residents are settling into the spirit of the Christmas season.

Back in 1987, the season began with an unusually realistic visit from Old St. Nick. Not only did Santa come to see children in Greenville, he brought along live reindeer for youth and their parents to meet and greet. 

The deer, plucked from a herd in Alaska, more recently had been housed in Redmond, Ore. They were on a cross-country tour allowing folks to learn about Santa’s transport team first-hand.

Beyond Santa, many local residents were decorating for the season. In Ayden, a tour of homes allowed visitors to peek into some of the most lavishly decked out residents in the county.

Homes selected belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Arlo Blocker, Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Daughtry Sr., Dr. and Mrs. Wesley Gooding Sr. and Mrs. Michael House and Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Robinson.

In the Blocker house, ornaments from Europe adorned a Christmas tree in the entrance hall. Greenery was draped throughout the home, including along the stairway.

In the Cannon home, a highlight was four Christmas trees, including one decorated with old-fashioned teddy bears. A gumdrop tree also was featured.

The home of the House family featured a traditional theme, with native greenery and poinsettias throughout. The tree in the living room was decorated with a number of limited-edition ornaments.

In the Robinson house, one tree was elegance itself, draped with lace, pearls, beads and white lights.

Back in the Day is a weekly feature compiled from The Daily Reflector’s archives.