Daily Archives: December 14, 2009

Vintage Christmas – Good Housekeeping 1964

Good Housekeeping, December 1964 front cover

My mother was not much of a keeper , perhaps that came from losing almost everything she had in a severe flood when she was 23.  She didn’t save a lot of the things from our home; I don’t have any old Christmas ornaments or decorations, but I do have 2 issues of old Christmas magazines that she kept. Actually, I think I rescued them in 1976 when we had a joint garage sale.

I remember looking at these magazines through the years and how wonderful I thought the cover was – a Santa Claus sugar cookie all covered in red hot candy and marshmallows dancing on a cake covered in even more candy. Yes, Virginia, I do have a sweet tooth.

Red Skelton

This issue featured a photo essay of Red Skelton, one of the most beloved television stars at that time. Also pictured with him is Chatty Cathy doll, a very popular doll in the early 1960s.

Included in this issue was a celebrity cookbook with recipes from those pictured above.

And lest one think that our society hasn’t changed much in the last 45 years – well, when was the last time there was an article like this in a popular magazine? I picked up a new issue of Good Housekeeping at the dentist’s office last week and would not have recognized it if the name hadn’t been on the cover. Now they are suggesting yoga mats for a Christmas present.

What happened? No more Jesus, but they want you to sort of celebrate His birth by engaging yourself in eastern religion.

Very sad.

This post linked to Vintage Christmas Monday Number 4 at Anything Goes Here.


Filed under 1960's, Ephemera, Fashion, Vintage Christmas, Vintage Magazines