Finding Nostalgia In Paradise - Dallas, Texas

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'Tis the Season to feel nostalgic during the month of December. This is Part 3 of my visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on November 29, 2023. Pictures tell a story. Let the journey begin.



You don't have to believe in Santa Claus but celebrating the memories and sharing your family stories brings us all closer together. The Dallas Arborteum and Botanical Gardens created a quaint Christmas Village apart from the Garden but within the Arborteum. The Village is open until the end of month.



What seems so far away is closer than we think. Starting the season early eliminates a lot of crowds and encourages thought provoking ideas and memories. Although there was no street sign outside of Santa's House, I call it Memory Lane.


When was the last time you felt like a kid? Walking inside these tiny houses make magical memories reappear. 

Do you have fond memories of writing letters to Santa Clause, friends, and family and dropping them off at the Post Office? Receiving letters and writing Christmas Cards was always a quiet time to sit down and read or write. Ironically, I was looking for some important papers yesterday when I stumbled upon an old letter addressed to my Grandmother from a relative in Poland. I couldn't read the letter but I recognized my Grandmother's name. The date of the letter was 1901.


Do you remember walking as far today as you did when you were a kid? My mother never drove a car. We walked all over the avenues just about everyday. Whether she shopped or not, she made sure we at least window shopped. I remember holes in my shoes often from all that walking and my mother would have to buy me new shoes. When I came upon the Cobbler's Shoe Shop at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, I was reminded of a pair of red wooden shoes in my mother's mother's house. I wonder what happened to them? As a small child, I walked in them at her house.  Listening to the sound of wooden shoes on wooden floors was fun!

If you are a Baby Boomer, do you remember your family doctor who really was a part of the family? Dr. Zelik was our family doctor. In our doctor, we trusted! He usually did house calls but when we did go to his office, it was tiny. Basically, it was like a house with three rooms. The waiting room had a few chairs. The Drugstore within the Doctor's Office was a private room behind glass and a thick wooden door. It is where he mixed medicines. It was only on rare occasions he gave us drugs. Most of the time, he spent valuable time in my mother's kitchen teaching her how to make healthy meals or giving us chamomile tea that did not come out of box at the grocery store. The best part about going to the doctor was whether I was sick or not, I always left with a lollypop from my doctor.

Did you ever go inside an old fashioned Butcher's Shop? Where I grew up we had one grocery store stocked with everything except meat. My mother walked us to the Butcher's Shop. Seeing links of sausage in the Christmas Village window at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens reminded me of our trips to the Butcher's Shop. We stood in line to wait our turn to buy the meat. There were fresh chicken's out back in the yard and my mother got to choose which chicken she wanted. Then we waited until the butcher was done doing his job so that we could have dinner. 

Did people where you lived speak other languages?
My mother spoke multiple languages. I never knew what she was talking about, such as to the Butcher. I always liked the scale best and to watch the interactions between my mother and the Butcher. I'd watch the needle move as the Buther flung more meat on the scale or took some off. Shopping at the Butcher's Shop took hours!


Did you have a Bakery Shop where you lived growing up?
 The Bakery Shop was always my favorite! It was a rare treat for my mother to take us to the Bakery Shop but my friend Pat who lived across the street always had money in her pockets and together we'd march down to the Bakery and she split with me whatever she bought. Hot apple slices right out of the oven was our favorite! She was a really good friend!


Did I leave you with good memories today?
 These are smells I have the fondest memories of from my nostalgic days of Christmas: 

The smell of rising bread in the oven

The sweet scent of candy

Cinnamon hot chocolate

Pine trees indoors dripping & glistening with silver strands down the tree

Baked Ham and Turkey

My mother's homemade cookies


As you journey through life, savor the moments with family and loved ones. And please, don't forget the seniors without family or children without parents.  Wishing all of you a very happy December. Now is a good time to give back to your community. 


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Comments (14)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Patricia. Your post brings back memories of Otto's meat market on Diversy Avenue and The Village bakery on Belmont some distance away. We shopped a a local corner grocery store until the late 50's when a Jewel opened and put him out of business. Thanks for the memories of growing up in a Chicago neighborhood. Enjoy your day.

Dec 03, 2023 06:23 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Good morning Wayne Martin! I am so happy to hear I stirred up good old memories. The name Otto's meat market rings a bell. We went to the Butcher's Shop on Chicago Avenue in between Ashland and Damen Avenue. Those were long walks! I do remember The Village Bakery! Oh yes, when Jewel's opened, my uncle drove my mother and my grandmother to Jewels quite often. They left us kids behind - home alone! Can you believe it!  

Dec 03, 2023 06:31 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia:  I have never seen my mother drive a car.  I She learned to drive but when her one year younger sister became of age, she became the passenger.  Years later, my father drove.  With one car, I can identify with your walking experience.

Identifying with nostalgia in places and events seem to make memories unique.   More special at times too.

Dec 03, 2023 06:35 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hello Michael Jacobs - After I was married, my oldest sister took my mother for driving lessons but I never saw her drive and she never got her driver's license. I remember my oldest sister getting so frustrated with her because she wanted my mom to drive, but she wouldn't do it! She was too stubborn. Whenever there were grandchildren at my mom's house, she dragged those little grandkids with her marching down the avenue. However, to my sister's credit, she converted my mother from wearing dresses to pants. She told my mom, if she didn't wear the pants, she wouldn't drive her anywhere. So my mother complied and I don't remember her ever wearing a dress again (except for weddings or Christenings, or funerals). 

As long as I can remember, my dad had a car and drove. However, when it was my turn to taking driving lessons in school, he never once took me out to practice. Even after I got married, I didn't drive a car. Walking was second nature. It wasn't my choice, but I didn't have options until much later in life. 

Isn't it interesting how similar some memories are but always very unique to the individual? The old shoes don't last, my memories can last a lifetime!

Dec 03, 2023 06:56 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That looks like such a fun way to spend a day, and all just need to use a little imagination and get instantly into the Christmas spirit. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 03, 2023 07:08 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 - Childhood memories and a "little imagination" goes a long way to increase our endorphines and return that good old fashioned Christmas spirit once more!

I'm so glad to learn you enjoyed my Photo Journalism! 

Thank you. 

Dec 03, 2023 07:21 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Happy Christmas, Patricia! I loved your post this morning (then again, I am all about Christmas)... the photos made me feel as if I was right there with you... although I'm sure it's much more wonderful in real life. 

Dec 03, 2023 07:30 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - thank you for your heartfelt comments and for the smile you just gave me! Vicariously, you were on that journey with me and I appreciate you, so much! I took a lot of photos and will be adding to this segment of Photo Journalism. Deep down inside, I am a storyteller based on personal life experiences.

Thank you!

Dec 03, 2023 07:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Patricia, for sharing your photographs and some of your memories.

Enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.

Dec 03, 2023 12:11 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - When you ponder the meaning behind Christmas, there is an abundance of joy!

May fond memories be with you always. 

Dec 03, 2023 05:50 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia this Christmas Village would be something my granddaughter would love to visit and spend time at.

Dec 03, 2023 05:54 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, the Christmas Village is really cool.  I love that you shared photos of it with us!  I hope that you had an enjoyable weekend!

Dec 04, 2023 04:09 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

George Souto - Just watching the faces of children at the Christmas Village brought sparkles to my face! Their curiousity is infectious!

Dec 04, 2023 04:43 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - Making others happy is what I strive to do. Taking photographs of places of joy gives me happiness too!

Dec 04, 2023 04:44 AM