Everyday going by, is a day closer to “Dec. 25th” and this is how I remember the days going by in the 1940’s!
The first ” Advent ” Sunday in December – we “Orphans” would put on our Sunday best clothes, and board the waiting Greyhound Buses – 4 of them. These buses really looked good sitting in the driveway at German St. Vincent Orphan Home! Some of the “Nuns” also going and dressed in their “Winter Cape” and I as a small little girl – thought they looked “beautiful” – the million dollar look!We sang songs most of the way, until we reached downtown.
Famous Barr, was the destination, and their employees and Christmas Elves were directing us into the store and up the “escalators” When we reached the 9th floor, we were walking pretty fast and directed to seats in the auditorium. There were other children associated with other institutions, and all of us were having a great time! On the Stage , were live “Actors and Acts, some Three Stooge Movies, and “Santa” with singing!
Instructions were announced to follow the Elves to Toy land, there each child was given a wrapped gift. Still following directions to the escalators and going down, near the end of our being in the store, each child received a stocking full of candy!
Back on the Bus, we were singing, and everyone was letting the world know what a wonderful day it was to be an Orphan. Some Orphans had no family and no visits, and an occasion like this – was a real blessing!
For making me feel good — Thank You God Almighty — and bless the Benefactors you sent to Orphans — to make our day!
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