Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas in the 60s Toronto

Christopher Lee Grant
Casa Loma, Toronto
Christmas 1964

As a young urchin growing up in 1960s Toronto.  Christmas Eve started in Simpsons’ parking garage and rode the elevator down at the Queen Street location.  The doors opened all the busy shoppers marched back and forth in front you, blocking your way to your intended destination.  The windows.  At Queen and Yonge Streets, Simpsons’, Woolworth’s and Eaton’s Stores had what seemed like dozens of windows featuring moving things and sparkly displays of Christmas Time themes.  Then off to the Woolworth’s counter for hot chocolate before skating at Nathan Phillips Square.  With frozen feet the trip to Casa Loma for light displays and pictures with Santa soon warmed them up inside your boots.  Upon returning home you couldn’t wait to tune in to CHCH TV eleven for Bill Lawrence’s “Santa Update” as his progress was tracked from the North Pole to the roof of your house .  AT some point you went to bed and woke up to Eaton’s and Simpsons’ window’s …. right in your living room. 

Christopher Lee Grant