WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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do images of multi-course feasts and ribbon-topped packages come to mind when you hear the words "Christmas" or "Hanukkah?" That's typically not the case for older people who grew up during the Depression. Their holiday traditions were often simple, and without an abundance of food or presents. Several elders living at Norumbega Point and Sunrise Senior Living in Weston and Waterstone in Wellesley, as well as those participating in Wellesley Friendly Aid's Friendship Circle shared stories of their Depression-era childhood holiday traditions. Without a touch of remorse, virtually all the men and women recounted modest celebrations. In fact, most were quick to point out that they did not feel cheated out of lavish holidays. "Without TV to see how 'the other side' lived, we were unaware of another way and content with our own. Before World War II, we were thankful for any gifts, even pajamas, or a woolen skirt," explained a resident of Waterstone. Perhaps the following stories of past holiday traditions focused on family and friends will inspire the making of new stories of your own. 47 winter 2012/2013 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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