Nov. 24, 1978: “That rotund, white-bearded wonder — Santa Claus — who stirs children’s imaginations and parents’ pocketbooks on Dec. 25 each year, got away from his frigid North Pole homestead to warm up in the Florida sun today. He arrived at the Palm Beach mall to warn youngsters to be on their best behavior for the next month and to take their Christmas orders.” (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Dec. 26, 1979: “Jolly old St. Nick waves a holiday greeting to a group of underprivileged children who gathered in Palm Beach to meet the white-bearded man with the hearty ho ho ho. Santa forfeited his sleigh and reindeer for a ride aboard a lime green fire truck, but he certainly didn’t forget his Christmas cheer. He brought sacks of gifts — donated from a number of Palm Beach shops — for the children and plenty of Christmas spirit for everyone who gathered to see him. The children, recruited from orphanages an satate agencies, were also treated to plump sandwiches and sweets at Angelique’s, a Palm Beach restaurant.” (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Dec. 26, 1980: “Santa Claus visits all good little girls and boys, even if they aren’t at home with their own chimneys. The bearded fellow dropped in a The Breakers in Palm Beach Christmas day so that children who were staying with their parents at the resort wouldn’t think Santa had forgotten them. Jon Levine, 4, gets a lift from Santa after the jolly old gent drive up in a fire truck for the occasion. What would Rudolph say?” (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Dec. 12, 1983: “E.T. presented gifts to children at the Convalescent Center of the Palm Beaches with assistance from Santa. Or was it the other way around?” (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
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Nov. 25, 1983: Christmas shoppers at the Palm Beach Mall. (Palm Beach Post staff photo)
Nov. 28, 1981: Hoards of shoppers jam the Palm Beach Mall on the first day of the Christmas shopping season. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
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Dec. 8, 1977: Even the ‘Christmas in Dixie Parade’ has traditional fire trucks. (Palm Beach Post-Times staff file photo)
Dec. 12, 1983: Even though there may not be any snowflakes or cold weather to mark the season, the holidays still deserve a parade. Yesterday’s Christmas in Dixie parade began at the Twin Lakes Mall in North Palm Beach and traveled south on U.S. 1 to 30th Street in Riviera Beach. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Undated, uncaptioned photo from another Christmas parade, likely in the 1970s. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Dec. 13, 1979: About 400 students from Belvedere Elementary School dressed Christmas costumes this year to sing in celebration of the International Year of the Child. The school has been holding a children’s Christmas program for 20 years. (Palm Beach Post-Times staff file photo)
Dec. 18, 1980: Christmas players at Belvedere Elementary, from left, Louis Nunez as Santa, Melissa Scott as Mrs. Santa, and Paul Neff as Mr. Mean. Tommmy Kovarik plays Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. (Palm Beach Times staff file photo)
Dec. 8, 1987: Jamie Temdemerath leads the baton twirlers from Lantana and Barton elementary schools in the Lantana Christmas parade. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
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Some Christmas decorations are timeless. Others are not.
From the Dec. 24, 1982 Palm Beach Times: “Yule like E.T.: The unlikely character wishing a Merry Christmas to all who pass the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce may not wear a red suit, but his holiday greeting is just as sincere as — ahem — the other popular seasonal fella. E.T. came compliments of the Glades Central High School art class taught by Lester Finney. His heart glows at night by hooking up a battery.” (Times staff photo)
The residents of this house (above) won for the most humorous category in the 1980 Lake Clarke Shores Christmas decoration contest. From the Dec. 24, 1980 Palm Beach Post
There’s no year marked on this Palm Beach Post file photo showing decorations in the 2400 block of South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, but it’s likely between 1964 and 1979, based on the car, and the signs for the camera shop and tax accountant on the west side of Dixie. Those businesses show up in the city directory from 1964 until 1979. Click on the image to view a larger version.
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The caption on this photo in the Dec. 6, 1983 Palm Beach Post: “‘Tis the season to brave the sunshine, wear shorts, sweat a little and stand in endless lines — like the one yesterday at the United Parcel Service office in West Palm Beach — to mail those holiday packages.”
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