Friendship Park, 231 East North St., has heard the shouts and cries of children at play for well over 120 years.
As one of Bethlehem's many different playgrounds, surely there's nothing more to it than what's obvious: recreation. But for this lot of land still known by many as "Tank Park," its past holds more than meets the eye.
Christmas Day has come and gone once again. As we reflect on the joys we've shared this past holiday season, let us look back on another Christmas of long ago.
Described as the happiest Christmas in years, Christmas 1922 was truly a special time.
Downtown, shoppers were out in full force making their holiday purchases at places such as Bush & Bull, corner of Broad and Main, where Christmas cards could be had for the trifling cost of five cents.
What do you think Santa Claus will bring you for Christmas?
EDITORS' NOTE: We'd like to thank Bethlehem Area School District for its cooperation and assistance.
By Debra Galbraith, East Penn Press editor
Many of us attended church on Sunday; I'm not sure if it was because of the upcoming Christmas holiday or the overwhelming need to pray for the families affected by the shooting in Connecticut Dec. 14.
Sermons throughout our area were focused on trying to make sense of this event as well as trying to cope with the overwhelming grief all Americans feel, especially so close to the joyous season of Christmas.
Even with the magnitude of Friday's events, we can let residents of Newtown, Conn., know we are thinking about them and holding them in healing thoughts.
The children and families of their community are forever changed.
I would love to show support to the school from towns all over our area.
Have the children and/or adults in your family create artwork for the students of Sandy Hook. Even young children can contribute without knowing anything other than they are drawling a picture for other children to "cheer them up" or "make them smile."
Though they no longer live in Bethlehem, the sights and sounds of the Christmas season still send the Shelly family drifting back to the magical days of their youth.
Christmas was a special time for siblings Wayne, Edgar, Eleanor and Paul, who grew up a mile north of Liberty HS at 2017 Linden St. The family was gracious enough to share many of the fond Christmas memories made while growing up in their hometown.
Each year Wayne Shelly, now of Allentown, could hardly wait to set up the Christmas Putz.
Oh, it's the most wonderful time of the year!
Last week, I brought to your attention an ongoing attempt to gather memories of Christmas right here in the Christmas City. The response has been great. Keep the letters coming.
A piece of mail I received from James Ammend paints a spectacular picture of what Christmas was like on the Southside. Ammend was raised on Ontario Street and attended Holy Ghost School from 1948 to 1956. Here's what he had to say: