Cleveland Christmas Memories

Looking Back at Holidays Past

Gail Ghetia Bellamy


What made Christmas extra-special to a Cleveland kid? Relive some of your fondest memories: A visit to Mr. Jingeling at Halle’s; gazing at the giant Sterling-Lindner-Davis tree; the long line to see Santa at Higbee’s—followed by a Frosty; a concert at Severance Hall; mouthwatering treats from Hough Bakery; lights at GE’s Nela Park; and more.

Softcover / 120 pages / 8.5 x 10 in. / 234 color and B&W photos / ISBN 9781938441080


What made Christmas extra-special to a Cleveland kid? Come relive some of your fondest moments . . .

Seeing Mr. Jingeling (the keeper of Santa’s keys) on TV or in person at Halle’s. Gazing at the giant Sterling-Lindner tree. Stopping at Higbee’s downstairs Frosty Bar for sweet relief after the long line to see Santa. Ice skating on Public Square. A dazzling and elegant Cleveland Orchestra concert at Severance Hall. Mouthwatering treats from Hough Bakery and traditional ethnic flavors from the local market. The brilliant holiday lighting display at GE’s Nela Park . . .

Join in as dozens of Northeast Ohioans share their personal stories of Christmas past; includes recollections of people who made Christmas happen, too: former Santas, retail window dressers, entertainers, and of course parents.

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Weight0.88 lbs

Table of Contents


Christmas, Cleveland-Style

Christmas Shopping: The Downtown Pilgrimage

The Arts of Christmas in Cleveland

Local Traditions

With All the Trimmings

Trees and Decorations at Home

Christmas Cuisine: The Ghosts of Christmas Repasts

Kid Stuff

Visits to Santa Claus: They Laughed, They Cried, They Got Into Line

Mr. Jingeling: Keeper of the Keys

Toys: The Ghost of Christmas Presents

Recapturing Christmases Past

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