Holiday Shopping

By Boomer Staff | December 9th, 2016

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Nothing recalls holiday shopping of the past for longtime Richmonders like memories of Thalhimers and Miller and Rhoads: Eddie Weaver at the Tea Room piano and organ, cheery holiday window displays and the real Santa Claus. Though there are indeed benefits to downplaying materialism, the holidays do provide a chance to turn our thoughts to buying gifts that will please our loved ones.

“My favorite memory from holidays childhood was the windows at Thalheimers and Miller &Rhoads,” recalls BOOMER columnist David Robbins. “Fantasy came alive. Then a macaroon from the Thalheimers bakery, a book from Cokesbury and pistachio ice cream at The Clover Room. Richmonders will know.”

From “A Charlie Brown Christmas”:

Lucy: I know how you feel about all this Christmas business, getting depressed and all that. It happens to me every year. I never get what I really want. I always get a lot of stupid toys or a bicycle or clothes or something like that.

Charlie Brown: What is it you want?

Lucy: Real estate.

Miss Irene Siegle Christmas shopping downtown, Dec. 19, 1967. Photograph by Lee Gupton, courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection, The Valentine
Ruby Hendrick at Miller & Rhoads department store with grandson, Dec. 22, 1982. Photograph by Gary Burns, courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection, The Valentine

Richmonders have also shared their memories of snow fun, holiday traditions and what gets them into the spirit of the season.

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