Remembering The Past: Highland Park Christmas Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

HIGHLAND PARK-Memories from a former resident: “It wasn’t until after 1950 that the Highland Park Fire Department used to drive a fire truck down Raritan Ave. with Santa aboard and threw candy to the kids. They also had Christmas parties at the firehouse and gave the children presents. At the same time the Highland Park First Aid Squad had a Christmas party with presents for the children.

“There were a few churches that held Christmas plays for the Birth of Jesus and the high school also gave pageants at Christmas.

“Around the 1970s the Borough decorated the lampposts with lights and garland.

“You have to realize that from 1940 to 1945 there was no activity or lights allowed and windows were either painted or blocked out to show no light. We were all rationing our food, gas, shoes and could buy no appliances. Only 1 in every 4 friends had a car.”

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your past material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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