History of Leith, Edinburgh

December 25, 2007

Of Christmas past

AS YOU try to keep your head above the jingling, glittering, till-ringing tide that overwhelms us at Christmas, remember that it was not always thus – particularly in Scotland, when the day wasn’t even a public holiday until the late 1950s. I can remember, during the 1960s, helping clear snow off the petrol pumps on my father’s garage forecourt, which would be open for the morning at least – they may have been white Christmases then, but for many of us they were also working Christmases. for more click here

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