Christmas at Lydia Village


This time of the year is my favorite, especially with Christmas just a few weeks away. All of the towns and cities are having their parades and all of the stores are decorated with their pretty things.

As a youngster at the Lydia Village, I was always excited when our Lib McLendon and some of the other workers at the Company Store had the Christmas toys on displays.

That has been a long time ago, but I still remember my early Christmases just like they just happened.

I know that many of you my age or a little younger or maybe a little older still remember the toy basement at the old Belk store on Musgrove Street or the toys at the Dan Yarborough’s store on West Main and the wonderful toy display at Bob Cox’s Home and Auto on Broad Street.

All of these stores with their arrangements and displays were quite a sight for our young eyes. 

Would it not be great if we could “time travel” back to those wonderful Christmas times so that our children and now grandchildren could experience the greatness of those times.

Once a fellow told me that I dwelled too much on the past, and maybe I do, but it seems to me that a lot of things from years ago were more fun and enjoyable than today’s. 

Are our lives today filled with too many gadgets and distractions that our youngsters do not get to experience some of the fun things we did in our young years? 

How many hopscotch games have you seen drawn on a sidewalk lately or how many times have you seen a group of young boys and girls shooting marbles in a dirt yard?

These were things which youngsters of my age did every day. And I find it sad that our grand boys do not and have not been shown some of these things.

Probably yours as well as ours had rather play a game on a cell phone or iPad than to have grandpa or mama and daddy play some of the old time games with them.

Maybe, just maybe, if the today’s youngsters were shown some of the “time gone by” games, they would enjoy them as we once did. 

Anyway, whatever our grandboys want to do is most of the time ok with me, for just having them close is pure enjoyment to me and I cannot believe that once I thought that I never wanted any “rug rats” in my life. 

Maybe, just maybe, if the today’s youngsters were shown some of the “time gone by” games, they would enjoy them as we once did. 

Still remembering,


(Tommy Kitchens lives in Clinton.) 


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