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For All You Youngsters Out There… Linda Knight Seccaspina — Sherbrooke Record

For All You Youngsters Out There… Linda Knight Seccaspina — Sherbrooke Record

CLIPPED FROMThe ProvinceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada05 Jan 1966, Wed  •  Page 24

For All You Youngsters Out There… Linda Knight Seccaspina

One of my top ten childhood memories is the late great Eaton’s Department store in Montreal, Quebec. It didn’t matter what province you lived in–everyone made a trip to some Eaton’s, no matter where they lived, and most of us also got the Eaton’s catalogue.

The Eaton’s catalogue was such a valued part of Canadian life and it seemed to offer all things to Canadians. In Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne’s House of Dreams” Anne and Mrs. Rachel argued over the propriety of the Eaton’s catalogue, and so did our family.

Canadians found practical uses for old Eaton’s catalogues. They were used as pads for hockey games; boiled down to colour Easter eggs; used as readers in classrooms– and of course reading material for outhouses.

I remember my Grandmother telling me about one of the local gossipers who worked at the Eatons catalogue office. She told us a story one Friday night on the South Street verandah about two local sisters. Every few weeks they would order dresses and then always returned them without a belt. They would keep the belts and then you would see them walking down Main Street and they would have a dress on with a non-matching belt.

Back in the days before shopping malls flooded the land and when the Bay was still Morgan’s: going to Eaton’s meant taking a trip to downtown Montreal in December. Eaton’s was the Blue Cake counter, the Penny Bank shop, and most of all, Eaton’s was Santa.

The Christmas Wish Catalogue and the Santa Claus parade signalled the coming of Christmas for all of us. Every child that I knew understood there was only one real Santa – and that man of Christmas was only at Eaton’s. My Mother brought me to the Santa Claus parade a few times, and all I can remember was the cold, and then bright lights, and crowds inside Eaton’s as we all pushed our way to go meet Santa. I can still see the frost over the windows as we went up the escalator with my stomach churning from a cold drink that we had at the Honey Dew Restaurant.

In 1968 Eaton’s became the store that liked young people and they were a sponsor for the popular TV show “ Like Young”. I lived right around the corner from the TV station and every Saturday afternoon I lined up outside CFCF-TV sporting my grandmother’s orthopaedic brown lace up shoes and my Le Chateau pants ready to dance. 

After the show was over we would all head downtown and refresh our spirits at the Honey Dew restaurant on Saint Catherine Street. One giant glass of Honey Dew along with a hot dog and then it was off to Place Du Soul. Eaton’s had become the store for young people and as I was going to fashion design school I spent a lot of time downtown at Eaton’s buying Coro Jewelry, Yardley makeup and mini jumpers with big zippers.

Eaton’s might have been trying to grab the buying dollars of the teen scene, but I know my Father had no love for the store. He hated everything I bought, everything, but somehow he figured out he didn’t have a choice. My father was horrified when Eaton’s started showcasing bell bottom pants. He saw a gal come out of the local soft ice cream store with a white pair on and told our neighbour that his daughters would wear them over his dead body.

I didn’t want my father to die, but I had been a fashionista since I saw daylight at the Brome Missisquoi Hospital in 1951. The next Saturday I took my 10 year-old sister to Montreal. Buying the ugliest Irish Green acrylic pair in Eaton’s bargain basement; ( I’m sure they were rejects) I bought two pairs. I figured if my sister was also wearing them I would only get half in trouble. Trying to spare my little sister he said nothing as we went off to the Big Brome Fair that day. But, his face was bright red for a long time and you can rest assured everyone was hearing about it.

After Eaton’s closed I never really thought much about the store until one Halloween party years later. One of the ladies at the party was wearing a vintage Eaton’s 60’s mini dress. It was way too short and each time she bent over to dip a potato chip we were getting flashes of underwear that were not vintage. Her vintage Eaton’s pantyhose was also riding up in the front and sinking to depth defying lows in the back. When she bent over once again I could no longer look. After the fifth time I decided I could no longer sit there and watch this shady Shindig show.  Suddenly she went in for the next dip and the Eaton’s dress was going up fast for the win. Immediately I thought..

“And that moment Linda, was brought to you by Eaton’s — “the store that thinks young!”

CLIPPED FROMThe GazetteMontreal, Quebec, Canada22 Jan 1966, Sat  •  Page 24

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I Was A Free Range Child

The Eaton’s Sewing Girls

Never Miss a Chance to Dance! Linda Knight Seccaspina

When Santa Came to the O’Brien Theatre 1948

When Santa Came to the O’Brien Theatre 1948
photo- almonte.com

Santa Claus arrived in Almonte Thursday afternoon, Dec. 23rd, but he came by sleigh and not on the train as expected. It had been advertised that the old boy would be aboard the 3.45 east bound Pembroke local but this train was late owing to a mishap near Pembroke. After Santa waited for quite a while at Blakeney, where he had no doubt been distributing presents, it was decided to bring him into town in a cutter. There was nothing very unusual about this mode of conveyance for Santa Claus except that the vehicle was drawn by a horse instead of the reindeer he uses when on his Arctic travels.

When Santa alighted from the sleigh it was found he had been accompanied from the North Pole by his wife. Some of the youngsters seemed to detect a likeness between Santa and someone they had seen around town before and the same went for Mrs. Santa. But, be that as it may, the two got a great reception in front of the O’Brien from a vast throng of children who had been waiting impatiently for some time for their arrival.

A special welcome was extended to Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus by Mayor Alex. McDonald and by Mr. Karl Paupst, head of the Lions Club which sponsored the entertainment for the children and the visit of St. Nicholas and his jolly lady. A parade was formed according to schedule and was led by the distinguished visitors in their horse and cutter. It proceeded through the main streets of the town and was made up of floats decorated along Christmas lines; the Citizens’ Band providing music and a group of Mrs. R. G. Kenny’s pupils on a truck singing carols.

On returning to the O’Brien Theatre the young folk crowded in for a free show and generous gifts of candy and oranges. Mr. R. A. Jamieson, K.C., acted as master of ceremonies for the program. Nor were children in the Rosamond Memorial Hospital forgotten. Santa Claus visited them too and presented them with gifts similar to those given out at the theatre.

Dr. J. R. Fraser was chairman of the committee in charge of the Lions Club Christmas party. Assisting him were Messrs. John Lindsay, Jam es Brown, R. A. Jamieson and Nick Carrie. There was a great deal of work entailed in the arrangements not the least of which was the packing of some 650 bags of candy. Special films had been procured for the children’s entertainment which radiated the spirit of Yuletide and Santa Claus, not to mention Mrs. Santa Claus. It is said the latter henpecks poor old Santa to beat the band during their long sojourn in an igloo near the North Pole. In fact this is so much the case that Santa is always glad when Christmas rolls around and he is able to leave her for a few weeks. But this year she was too cute for him and came along to see that he behaved himself, especially with the young ladies of this southern climate because Mrs. Santa is a very jealous gal.

Clippings and History of Mill and Bridge Street Almonte

Almonte at Night — 1946

Was John C. Howard Guilty? 76 Years Ago in Almonte

Lottie Barr’s Chips Almonte –Thanks to Allan Stanley

Seeds of Love–Almonte Cinema – Then and Now

The 1960s Parade Santa- Kevin Percy

The 1960s Parade Santa- Kevin Percy
Photo- Larry Clark Carleton Place

Yes we just had Christmas but now is the time to start making a vintage wood Santa.

Kevin PercyThere are a couple of those Santa cutouts in my family. Tony Percy, my Dad was a member of the Lions Club.

photo from Kevin Percy
I couldnt find anything exactly but did find a great site for wood patterns click here

1968 Santa Parade Almonte

1968 Santa Parade Almonte
December 1968

Almonte’s Santa Parades Looking for Photos

Christmas Social Notes from Pakenham 1933

McDonald’s Corners at Christmas –Lots of Names

Christmas Social Notes from Pakenham 1933

Pakenham Santa Claus “Chicken Pox” Parade — Wall Street Journal

I Saw Santa…..




When I was a child I remember every children’s event that we had at the Legion Branch #99 in Cowansville, Quebec. We always went to the Legion for happy occasions such as summer picnics or Christmas parties, or sometimes even weddings.


Each year all of us local children looked forward to that Sunday afternoon at the Legion’s Children’s Christmas party. One by one they would call our names and we would tell Santa our hopes and dreams for Christmas and then tear open our present which was usually a puzzle or a paint by number set.


Today, there are still memories of hard wooden chairs, lots of adult chatter over beer and the ozone proof cigarette smoke cloud hanging over the room. Everyone was so nice to us and I assume today they all watched their language when we were around. The memory of war in the 1950s was still fresh in everyone’s mind and by eavesdropping to some of those adult conversations then you would have thought the war had ended about a week ago.


Fast forward many decades and I live in Ontario now. I try and go to the Legion Branch #192 breakfast every month as entering any Legion is timeless and it brings back great memories. Saturday I got there very early to celebrate “Breakfast with Santa” just as excited as I was when I was a child.


As I ate my delicious breakfast I searched the crowd for Santa but he hadn’t arrived yet. Thirty minutes later I asked someone where Santa was. Apparently Santa was going to be hanging out on the lower floor, so I made my way down there wanting to have a photo with him. It seemed oddly quiet as I walked down the hall. As I glanced into one of the rooms there was Santa in all his glory in his red underwear getting dressed. I was mortified to have disturbed the jolly man, and quickly apologized as I ran up the stairs.


When I was a child I used to go to bed Christmas Eve fully clothed as I didn’t want Santa to see me in my underwear. My Dad also used to tell me if I stopped believing in Santa I would only get underwear as a gift. Well, I saw Santa’s underwear last Saturday. Truthfully, I am glad I have always believed in Santa as none of us gals needs to wear red stretchy underwear like that!


Apologies Santa, and in reality Santa, I have been very good this week. So, let’s just focus on that!


Merry Christmas!

How to Make Santa’s Footprints– from Love on the Farm




Thanks to my friend Christine Terepora for sending me this. It’s from Love From The Farm

Santa’s Footprints
What you’ll need
Baking soda (aka bicarb soda)
Pair of boots
Baking tray (larger enough to fit Santa’s boots)
Water squirter
How you do it
Start with your baking soda and a baking tray or similar. There’s no particular ratio. Make sure that the tray is big enough to easily fit at least one boot at a time while your working on the footprints. Spray footprint, then press in the baking soda

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News



Is Santa a World Fusion Eater?



In Carleton Place he loves pancakes–Come see him at the CPHS’s Annual Breakfast with Santa: Sat., Nov 26, 8-11am
Breakfast with Santa will run this Saturday. Live music from the CPHS band, a pancake breakfast, crafts and, of course, Mr and Mrs Claus will be available— $5 for children and $8 for adults. All community members are welcome to join in and get Saturday the day of the Santa Claus parade off to a rocking start!

So what does Santa eat?

In the United States and Canada, Santa is known for his penchant for cookies, so children across the country leave him cookies by the baker’s dozen along with a nice glass of milk to wash it down. This ritual of leaving out cookies and milk for Santa (and sometimes carrots for his reindeer,) has become a tradition in the U.S., but it’s not the standard worldwide. Here’s a guide to Santa’s buffet as he travels across the globe.


Santa starts his Christmas Eve journey with a nice cold beer, courtesy of little kids in Australia. They may also leave some cookies and milk and even a few carrots for the reindeer. But the beer comes first — maybe it’s to keep Santa warm on the long night ahead.


After that beer and his long flight, Santa — or Tomte, a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore traditionally associated with the winter season — might be feeling a little tired. Fortunately, the good children of Sweden leave out a cup of coffee to keep him awake for the rest of his journey.


The next stop on Santa’s buffet is Denmark, where he can find a bowl of risengrod, or rice pudding, waiting for him on Christmas Eve. According to Denmark lore, the magical elves, Nisser and Tomte, will cause mischief if the bowl of risengrod is missing.

The Netherlands

The children in the Netherlands leave gifts for Sinterklaas’ — that’s the horse — instead of the big man himself. Kids leave carrots, hay, and water and in exchange are given marzipan, chocolate coins, hot cocoa and mandarin oranges.


By now, Santa and his steed have had enough to eat and drink, but he does take time to read the personalized letters that children leave out for Christkind, the German’s nickname for him. In the morning, German children wake up to find that their letters are gone and presents have been left in their place.


In France, children leave out carrots for the reindeer and biscuits for Santa or Père Noël as he is known here. Some children leave these treats in their shoes and in the morning the treats are gone and their shoes have been filled with small toys and trinkets.

United Kingdom

By the time Santa gets to the U.K., he’s ready for a proper meal. Fortunately, the kids here leave him mince pie — filled with dried fruit or the more ancient tradition of meat pies. The children also leave him a nip of sherry to chill his weary bones.


This might be the stop that Santa Claus looks forward to most of all. In Ireland, the children treat him to a pint of Guinness and maybe another mince pie or two. Now Jolly Old St.Nick is ready for his leap over the Atlantic.


Kids in Argentina spoil Santa’s reindeer after their long flight from Europe, leaving them hay and water to sustain them through the rest of the night.


In Chile, children leave pan de pascua for Viejo Pascuero, or Old Man Christmas. This special treat is a spongy, rich cake flavored with rum and filled with dried fruits and nuts.

United States

Kids in the U.S. treat Santa to a buffet of cookies and milk as he heads across the country delivering his goods. The traditional treat is gingerbread, but sugar cookies, chocolate chip, and macaroons work just as well. And many kids remember Santa’s reindeer, leaving carrots and oats for them too.

Related reading:

Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade Photos

Santa Claus Parade 2015 — Photos- Bob McDonald

Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade 2007

The Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade 2003

Carleton Place Christmas Parade 1987

The Night Santa Claus Came to Town – Holiday Parade Photos! 2012

What Would You Do With a Carleton Place Scarf?

Carleton Place Christmas Parade 1987


Please play this music while looking at the photos– Thanks goes out to Wendy LeBlanc for sending me these photos..if you have photos–send them to me!!

Are you following our countdown to this year’s  Carleton Place Santa Claus parade?

Click here! and see all the vintage photos..

Don’t forget to wear your Carleton Place scarf! Have you seen everyone wearing their scarves? Click here..to see all the photos!









Related Reading..

Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade Photos

The Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade 2003

The Night Santa Claus Came to Town – Holiday Parade Photos! 2012

What Would You Do With a Carleton Place Scarf?

Other parades–

Bridge Street V.E. Day Parade Photos- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Carleton Place Loves a Parade!

Last Night I Saw Someone I Loved at the Halloween Parade

I Just Followed Baker Bob – PuppetsUp! Parade August 7th

The Night Santa Claus Came to Town – Holiday Parade Photos! 2012


The Night Santa Claus Came to Town – Holiday Parade Photos!


Please play while reading

Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year.
Victor Borge

Whomever  thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.
Paul M. Ell

One of the problems we have in this country is that too many adults believe in Santa Claus, and too many children don’t.
Lee Lauer

(One of two Doug and Bob McKenzie floats)

I see Santa Claus and Luke Skywalker as the same person.
Trey Parker

One of the things I had a hard time getting used to when I came to California in ’78 was Santa Claus in shorts.
Dennis Franz

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
George Carlin

Not these Girl Guides!

Whenever you give someone a present or sing a holiday song, you’re helping Santa Claus. To me, that’s what Christmas is all about. Helping Santa Claus!

LOUIS SACHAR, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.
Shirley Temple

When I found out that Santa Claus wasn’t real, I wasn’t upset; rather, I was relieved that there was a much simpler phenomenon to explain how so many children all over the world got presents on the same night! The story had been getting pretty complicated — it was getting out of hand.

RICHARD P. FEYNMAN, What Do You Care What Other People Think

Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows.
Edwin Osgood Grover

I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.

DICK GREGORY, Judy Brown’s The Funny Pages

You know you’re getting old, when Santa starts looking younger
Robert Paul

(The Carleton Place Canadians Hockey Team)

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Kahlil Gibran

(The Big Zamboni)

In this age of instant coffee, overnight rush deliveries, and 30-second media sound bites, it’s not surprising that children have discovered that their letters to Santa Claus can be sent by email.


(The minor hockey team)

Let me see if I’ve got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn’t laundering illegal drug money?

Tom Armstrong

(The Little Zambonis)

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.
Bernard Manning

“Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies!”
― Francis P. Church New York Sun September 21 1897

No one has ever become poor by giving.
Anne Frank

(Carleton Place’s Jordan McIntosh)

Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we’ll be seeing six or seven.

W.C. FIELDS, The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips & One-Liners

“On a busy day twenty-two thousand people come to visit Santa, and I was told that it is an elf’s lot to remain merry in the face of torment and adversity. I promised to keep that in mind.”
― David Sedaris

Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t, who will?
Jon Bon Jovi



Santa Claus and all his good will is all over the world with you. This little guy told me so.

Photos by Linda Seccaspina and dedicated to my best friend- San Francisco Bay area musician, writer, recording engineer, producer, mix engineer Kevin Army



Kevin Army- I’m All Over The World With You

Photos of:

2012 BIA Santa Claus Parade
“12 Days of Christmas”

The 2012 Carleton Place, Ontario BIA Evening Santa Claus Parade was on
Saturday November 24, 2012 at 5 p.m.
All in support went to the Lanark County Food Bank and Christmas Basket Fund

Twas the Night Before Christmas- The Bad Neighbour Jazz Edition – Zoomer



Twas the Night Before Christmas- The Bad Neighbour Jazz Edition – Zoomer.

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