Christmas Greetings

Incorporated in 1892 as the village of Lestershire, in 1916 it was renamed Johnson City in honor of George F. Johnson , who led the company that was known as Endicott Johnson (Home of the Square Deal).

Vintage “Christmas Greetings from Lestershire, NY” postcard from my collection.
Our Endicott-Johnson home built in 1916 seen here December 1996 Johnson City, NY. ©Joe Geronimo

If you are interested in some great historic Endicott-Johnson images please visit this link http://www.frankchetko.kwikfold.com/index.html#1

30th Anniversary of Christmas Vacation

Last evening Julie, the boys and I along with another couple traveled to Syracuse, NY to see the 30th anniversary of the classic film “Christmas Vacation”. This event was held at the beautiful Landmark Theater in downtown Syracuse and was followed by an hour long Q&A with none other than Clark W. Griswold himself.

The Landmark was completely sold out to the tune of 2,800 seats. I won’t lie the seating is cramped. I loved this event and to see Christmas Vacation on the big screen was just great. At the end of the movie where aunt Bethany sings the National Anthem the entire theater sang right along.

A few minutes after the movies end Chevy Chase came out for a Q&A about this movie and others along with some Saturday Night Live stuff as well. I didn’t realize until last night that Chevy Chase is 76 years old. I’ve always envisioned him as Clark Griswold.

Cheers,

Waiting for the start of Christmas Vacation at the Landmark Theater Syracuse, NY December 17th 2019.

 

Traditions End

For the past 20+ years Julie and I have amassed a very large collection of glass Christmas ornaments that hang from our four trees each year. Some are new and some very old.

When the boys were born we began the tradition of purchasing them each a Christmas ornament every year. As they got older we would all jump into the family truckster and head for the Hand of Man in Owego where we would pick our ornaments together. The thought was that Michael and Max would look forward to putting their ornaments on the trees every year all the while building a small collection of ornaments for themselves to take with them once they leave home.

Last evening we took our annual pilgrimage to Owego for our Christmas cheer one last time. Pat Hansen the owner will be retiring and Hand of Man will close their doors in April 2020.

We are truly sad but this evenings outing was wonderful family tradition complete with a  few slices of pizza to finish it off.

Cheers

Hand of Man Owego, NY December 4th 2019.
Shopping at Hand of Man Owego, NY December 4th 2019.
Michael, Julie & Max looking at Christmas ornaments Hand of Man Owego, NY December 4th 2019.
Goofing around Hand of Man Owego, NY December 4th 2019.
Max picked cards and a flask this year.
Julie chose hot coca and a diner.
Michael went with a coconut and a ice cream sandwich.
My choice was a T.V. and a toaster.