Remembering The Past: Christmas Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

EDISON-Remember when Santa landed at the old Menlo Park Mall in a helicopter? Remember when Christmas trees were sold at Joseph’s Landscaping at Route 9 and Plainfield Avenue? Did you ice skate and sleigh ride in Roosevelt Park?

NEW BRUNSWICK-Remember when Santa used to come to Arnold Constables?


OLD BRIDGE-Remember when Christmas trees and wreaths were sold at Kenridge Gardens, which used to be on Route 9 North?

PERTH AMBOY-In December1954, Guttman’s Hardware at 492 Amboy Avenue sold Lionel trains sets from $11, beacons for $3.95 and operating towers for $7.95. They also sold Christmas lights, ornaments and decorations.

SOUTH RIVER-Remember sleigh riding down the high school hill and ice skating at Daily’s Pond?

WOODBRIDGE-Remember when you went to Sterns in Woodbridge Center in 1972 and saw Santa on the third floor of the building? You could also have your picture taken with him here.

If you would like to see my Remembering the Past column continue in 2011, please send your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties. You can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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