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Do You Remember? Nostalgic Moments for the Season

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Do You Remember? Nostalgic Moments for the Season

Christmas and memories go hand in hand. The accumulation of experiences over the years, both good and bad, fuels the nostalgia we feel when we think about the holiday season.

Traditions revolving around Christmas are as numerous as the countries and families in the world, and this fact makes it exciting to share your own memories with friends here at Bethesda Gardens Monument and to listen to their stories in return.

Comparing Christmases past and present with the youth in your life can also be a fun experience, and it can help generate new memories and strengthen your bonds as you learn more about each other. Here are some ideas for topics to get conversations about the past started.


Putting up decorations is one of the most anticipated tasks of the holidays for any generation. Whether your memories involve trips to cut a live tree or the unboxing of an aluminum tree and a rotating color wheel, odds are some of your best memories are decorating it alongside you family.

Clip-on ornaments and candles, strings of popcorn and cranberries, bubble lights and cardboard fireplaces are among the baubles not often seen today. The act of covering the tree in angel hair tinsel one strand at a time may surprise some of the younger folk you chat with, though the creation of colorful paper chains continues to be a favorite craft project at any age.

Holiday Menus

The sense of smell is a powerful trigger for memories. As you prepare for the Christmas season, strike up conversations with your neighbors around Monument and ask them what they remember their family cooking and what dish they looked forward to eating the most when they were children. The more people you ask, the more opportunities you'll have to see the similarities and varieties of meals served over the years. Use the chance to trade recipes, and then try making some of them in your apartment or the kitchen.

Television Specials

The sound of a beloved holiday special starting up can feel as wonderful as hearing the voice of an old friend. Christmas episodes of the Andy Griffith and I Love Lucy shows allowed us to see how our favorite characters spend the holidays, and animated cartoons let kids (and kids at heart) laugh with talking snowmen and discover the true spirit of Christmas alongside the Peanuts gang.

DVD releases and online streaming services have made it possible to enjoy many classics that have faded from conventional TV channels. Whether you opt to watch them alone or with others, here is a list of movies and specials to help you get started down memory lane:

The Little Drummer Boy

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Jack Frost

The City That Forgot About Christmas

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol

Bob Hope Christmas Special

Lawrence Welk Christmas Show

Andy Williams Christmas

White Christmas

Babes in Toyland (1961)

Christmas in Connecticut

Radio Programs

 Many classic radio shows are listed in the public domain and free for anyone to give a listen. The Lux Radio Theater, Cinnamon Bear and Kraft Music Hall programs live on through audio collections on dozens of websites and mobile apps, and Christmas episodes of Dragnet, the Whistler and Fibber McGee and Molly continue to delight fans with the chance to hear and picture in their mind the featured stories.