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Yesteryear - Dec. 29, 2015

32 YEARS AGO -- Dec. 23-26, 1983

Posted: January 3, 2016 5:54 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2015 1:00 a.m.

The Christmas Rush in Camden

We know, we know. You’re probably saying that every post office in America is suffering through the throes of holiday traffic jams. Well, here in Camden, folks take it seriously. Snowed under with boxes to be mailed are postal employees Bill Christmas and Ed Rush. Now, if they can just hire an employee named Tim to team up with P.M. “Tiny” Matthews…

She’s all dolled up

Pat Deal has all the dolls she can handle.

Visions of Barbie, Madame Alexander and Cabbage Patch dolls have replaced dancing sugar plums in the holiday dreams of most little girls.

But Pat Deal of Lake Wateree is one slightly older doll fancier who doesn’t hope to find a computer-designed baby under her Christmas tree. She even says, a little wistfully, that Santa Claus won’t be leaving her one of the older dolls she cherishes.

Mrs. Deal has been interested in them for a long time. “It wasn’t just a sudden thing. I was one of those that had tea parties every day when I was little,” she says. She used to force her mother to participate, she adds.

She got the last doll for her childhood collection when she was 14 and working at a Newberry variety store in Camden. “With my first paycheck, I went and bought a little Bye Lo baby doll,” she says. After that her interest turned to boys.

She didn’t have time to think of them when she was rearing her two children, she says. It was a few years ago, when Suzanne got married and Johnny went to college that she became interested in the hobby again. “It was just a time that I was left without anything to do,” she says.

Lugoff home gets dressed up for Christmas season

Anna and Burgess Newsom, who live on Ridgeway Road in the Lugoff vicinity, have a Christmas kind of home. Touches of the season are in evidence inside and out.

Numerous poinsettias, many candles and wreaths of various kinds make one feel that the spirit of Christmas is alive and very healthy.

Anna is quite the decorator and has wonderful ideas so her home would be a showplace any time of year. But especially during this season.

The Newsoms’ grown sons are Burgess Jr., Gary and Wendall.

The family has settled happily into life in Lugoff and are quite an addition to the community.

Christmas wreaths

(Photo cutline) Henry Robinson examines one of the dozens of wreaths he puts together each Christmas. He said that members of his family have been selling their wreaths at the corner of Laurens and Lyttleton street for nearly 60 years. 

Singing carols is the most fun

(The writer, Will Gurley, is a fourth grade student of Nancy Wylie’s at Camden Elementary School.)

I feel that Christmas is a time for being happy and loving people. I don’t think it’s just a time for receiving gifts, but that is a part of Christmas.

On Christmas morning everyone has a gift under the tree. It’s such a special time at my house because everyone is happy all December. You have to be good to receive presents from Santa Claus. 

But most of all I think it is a time for singing Christmas carols and being nice to everyone.


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