4 12, 2020

Santa Banned from Annual Christmas Parade at Reading

2020-12-04T02:31:41-04:00December 4th, 2020|Christmas, Culture, Holiday|0 Comments

In 1950, Santa Claus was banned from the Reading Christmas parade. Not that the city didn't believe in Santa. But the parade sponsors, the young men of the Reading, Pennsylvania, Junior Chamber of Commerce, also known as the Jaycees, wanted the observance to [...]

3 12, 2020

Mistletoe – Christmas Customs and Traditions

2020-12-03T22:22:33-04:00December 3rd, 2020|Christmas, Culture, Holiday|0 Comments

The mistletoe Americans are familiar with -- phoradendron serotinum -- grows primarily in the Southeast and as far west as Texas and Oklahoma. In swamps, it can be plucked off low-hanging branches by hand. It can sometimes be taken by ladder or by [...]

2 12, 2020

Koziar’s Christmas Village

2020-12-02T17:34:34-04:00December 2nd, 2020|Christmas, Culture, Holiday|0 Comments

William M. Koziar, the creator of Christmas Village, began decorating his home and property in 1948 for the pleasure that he and his wife, Grace, and their four children derived from the unusual display. People appreciated and applauded the beauty of the Koziar's [...]

5 06, 2020

Richards’ Toy Corner Reading, PA

2020-06-05T08:40:58-04:00June 5th, 2020|Christmas, Holiday|0 Comments

Richards' toy corner, located on the northeast corner of Front and Buttonwood, was probably the largest store devoted to toys ,year round, in the city. No "youngster" of whatever age, passing by 101 Buttonwood Street, could resist the enormous temptation to go inside [...]

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