White Christmas?

A Lakewood Log holiday ad and editorial—December 11, 1942 (Lakewood Log loaned by Milt Davidson, Steilacoom):

By Charles Mann

Ad for Christmas items at Rederich’s 10 Cent Store, 5427 S. Tacoma Way

Paint books, story books, crayon books: 10 and 15 cents
Large assortment of paper dolls, 29 cents
Baby dolls—in wicker chairs, bassinettes, or high chairs: $1.49
Famous Houseman dolls: lifelike—from $2.79 to $3.59
Tree trimmings:
One dozen glass ornaments: 30, 40 cents
Chenille wreaths: 39, 49 cents
Tinted pinecones: 20 cents

White Christmas???

Don’t be silly! It will keep on raining and getting warmer and warmer, and roses will bloom instead.

Poor old Santa Claus finds this goofy old globe all shot to pieces, with practically every loving and generous human impulse stymied by utter lack of anything practical or fancy to buy in the Marts of Trade.

So, why not a new mop handle for Mother? A nice box of six corncob pipes for Father? Five pair of cheap cotton sox for Junior, and a new Trifle for the Deb. Daughter? Or a nice glass jar of toothpaste, with a drab canned Cherry-sized top?—tubes are out of style, you know

Our eccentric neighbor on Mud Lake is buying his missus a 100-pound bag of Navy beans in memory of Pearl Harbor, and his family will enjoy endless activity for several weeks after Christmas…

There is one serious item about Christmas that won’t seem right. Lakewood’s traditional Christmas Eve celebration has been called off. Mrs. Hormel and her staff (at the Lakewood Terrace Restaurant) cannot operate with one-third of the necessary help and two pounds of butter per day. The Terrace will operate ‘til New Year’s Day and then close for a long period, a month or more while things get on a more even keel.

This Winter into which we have slipped rapidly and fatalistically is, after all, more on the be-deviled, Rationed, Regulated and Squeezed Civilian American than for the millions of fighting men on the Front.

Americans won’t cry. They’ll keep on laughing if they feel their life, sacrifices and energies go for a purposeful, directed and vital and useful fight with a noble vitality as the end product.

So like Virginia wrote in these columns last Christmas, again we say, “Don’t do a Christmas Blackout.”

Happiness doesn’t cost a dime, you know.

Around the Sound: Steilacoom’s ‘All Comers Concert’ set for Sunday

During December, Steilacoom’s Town Hall, long-time locale for numerous dances, council meetings, anniversaries, and more, has also been the setting for several holiday events.

Such as the one planned for 6 p.m. on Dec. 14—the 7th annual “All Comers Concert.” Since its 2008 inaugural year, Steilacoomites of all ages have joined in this community celebration that includes local musicians, singers, scouting groups; even a guest appearance from Santa.

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Around the Sound: Tree lighting time in Steilacoom

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A six-year-old Cherrydale Primary School student got an unexpected birthday surprise on Dec. 4.

Well, actually, the surprise went to her older brother, who learned that day, on his sister’s birthday that he’d been chosen to “light” the tree on Friday night. “I’m happy to be picked,” grinned eight-year-old Maximus Molina, posing with Clifford the Dog and his sister in the school library earlier that day. “It’s pretty neat to get to turn on the tree lights,” he added. “I’ve never done it before.”

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Steilacoom Parks & Trails Task Force to visit town parks

To become better acquainted with our parks, and to enable the Parks & Trails Task Force to have a clearer understanding of park needs, the next Parks/Trails activity will involve a visit to a number of parks in town.

We will meet at Sunnyside Beach Park at 1200 (noon) on Sunday, 7 Dec, and carpool on to Pioneer Park, Charlies Park, past Byrd Mill Park to Mary Perkins Park, Cormorant Park, Farrells Marsh Park, Cherrydale Park, Community Center Park, and Webber Court. We will complete the tour by 2 PM.