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Johnson City once considered The Christmas Town

Bob Cox • Dec 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Although Christmas 2019 has come and gone, let me close out the year with some very flattering information:

“In 1957, Johnson City acquired the name, 'The Christmas Town.' Each year saw it grow with thousands of yuletide delights. I have warm memories of our family going downtown to shop for gifts. It was truly a delightful wonderland.

“Everywhere you looked, you saw dazzling, frittering arrays of gifts to put under the highly decorated Christmas tree, toys to make a child's eyes grow wide with excitement, beautiful brilliantly glowing lights and sparkling ornaments for decoration.”

“This Yule-Tide, Santa's pack was overflowing with magic from all over the world to make Christmas the merry, happiest and most thrilling you've ever had … so hurry. Time's a-wasting … join the holiday shopping throng now!

“That year, many stores stayed open at night until 8:30. Those remaining open included: Advance Store, Carder Hardware, Charles Store, Cooper's Office Equipment Co., Davis-Mottern Jewelers, Dossers's, Free Service Tire Stores, Gregg Electric, Hannah's, H.E. Hart Jewelers, Kyker Furniture Co., London Hardware Co., Masengill's, Parks-Belk Co., Penny's, Sears-Roebuck Co:, Singer Sewing Machine Co., Sterchi's, The Jewel Box, The Music Mart, The Nettie See Ladies Shop, The Nettie Lee Boy & Girl Shop, and Wallaces.”

That was a very impressive list.

Truly, Johnson City acquired the name of “The Christmas Town” and was said to be ready for the season with thousands of yuletide delights.

Reach Bob Cox at [email protected] or go to www.bcyesteryear.com.

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