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Christmas was once more about family and food than presents

Vivian Hopkins, 91, shares stories from the Christmases of her childhood growing up in Schenectady. She is a resident of the Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Glenville. (Bethany Bump/Gazette Reporter)
Vivian Hopkins, 91, shares stories from the Christmases of her childhood growing up in Schenectady. She is a resident of the Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Glenville. (Bethany Bump/Gazette Reporter)
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Their dads went out to snowy hillsides and chopped down great big pine trees. Their Christmas trees weren’t strung with flashing lights but were just as pretty with popcorn and cranberries. Their Christmas lists weren’t lists at all, but a smile and a “thank you” for some socks and underwear, maybe a doll. Children who grew up in the 1920s, spent their teens during the Great Depression and started families at the height of World ...


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