Christmas memories through the ages

Dec. 16, 2017 at 4:46 p.m.
Updated Dec. 17, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Students on the Victoria Christian School float get ready before the start of Victoria's Lighted Christmas Parade.

Students on the Victoria Christian School float get ready before the start of Victoria's Lighted Christmas Parade.   Olivia Vanni for The Victoria Advocate

Victoria Advocate photographers asked Crossroad residents for their favorite holiday memories. The following are their responses.

Dahlia Poore

81, Victoria

When Poore was about 5 years old, she received a doll for Christmas. Her sister received a piano and the sisters shared their gifts with each other. Their family was poor and the two gifts were the only Christmas presents the sisters ever received. Poore's father was a fisherman and her mother sold fruits and vegetables in a marketplace. "Between those two, that's not a very high income," Poore said. " I'll always remember that. So now I love dolls. I have all kinds of dolls."

Robert Matis

66, Shiner

"We got engaged 44 years ago on Christmas Day."



Maria Matis

66, Shiner

"I didn't even think about that. I thought you would've said something about being with the kids."

Tobyn Stary

10, Inez

When Tobyn was 5 years old, he received a bike for Christmas. The rims were orange and the paint made it look like a dirt bike. "It was my first big boy bike," he said. "I was very surprised."

Brittany Cabrera

24, Goliad

Cabrera grew up in Alabama. Two weeks before Christmas, her family would participate in a charitable tradition. "When we were kids, we used to go pick out toys or figurines at the dollar store and we used to take them to hospitals," she said.

Julie Pearl Caldwell

93, Goliad

As an Army nurse, Caldwell spent time in Europe. While taking time off between Christmas and New Year's Day, she vacationed with other nurses on a mountain top in southern Germany. "From cable cars, on a clear day, you could just see. It was out of this world," she said. "They called it the German Alps."


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