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When I was growing up in the American midwest in the fifties and sixties, the train around the tree seemed every bit as important to our Christmas celebration as, say, Santa or Christmas stockings.
For over a century, to most Americans, "real trains" exemplified the kinds of "comings and goings," "hustle and bustle," and even package shipments, that increased dramatically during the holiday season.
Let's face it, more people and stuff move at Christmas than any other time of year, and for over a century, more people and stuff moved by trains than any other way. In addition, as the importance of toy and model trains in American culture grew, so did the sense that Christmas was an ideal time both to give and to display those trains. In fact, the most impressive line of "push toy" trains was meant to be used during warm weather.
In 1901, Lionel showed New York City families that it was possible to fit an electric motor into a toy locomotive and power it by low-voltage electric current.
Of course, once the mysterious huge box was opened, it was only logical to route the train around the now-naked-looking Christmas tree.** So between Christmas and the day the tree came down, the train would run almost constantly, with almost everyone in the family taking a turn at operating it.
Between 1910 and 1960, it became common in some middle-class homes to build elaborate temporary railroads between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In other parts of the East, the seasonal household railroads and their associated "communities" were called "putzes," from the German word for "put," "set up," or "putter." Starting about 1928, putzes all over the country included a new Japanese import - pasteboard houses with celophane windows and a hole in the back for "C6" Christmas lights. All of these Christmas railroads and villages were important precursors of the Holiday Villages that were made popular by Dept.
After a while, it wasn't enough to have a single huge train running around the Christmas tree once a year. Even at half the size of the Standard Gauge trains, O-scale trains were too large to fit into most homes without some compromises.
Other forms of so-called "family" entertainment also began taking huge chunks out of people's schedules, the biggest single example being television.
Yet several things were already happening, on two different continents, that would bring Christmas trains back from near-extinction.
Really Big Trains Reappear - In 1968, a European toy company introduced a new kind of electric train - one made to be used outside. Ceramic Christmas Villages Arrive - In 1976, an American company called Department 56 began making collectible ceramic houses and accessories the right size to fit a "Christmas Village" on a table or spinet. For over a decade, most Christmas Villages got along quite well without a train at all or maybe with an old-fashioned Lionel or American Flyer train. Bachmann's On30 trains are only slightly smaller than most of Lionel's O-gauge trains, but they run on track made for HO trains, which means they can be easier to fit in some places. Popular Children's Books and Movies Feature Trains - Trains also reappeared in books and movies that were intended for children but also enjoyed by adults.
Large Scale public garden railroads began attracting millions of people a year to places like the New York Botanical Garden, the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburg, the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and many more.
This gave a boost, not only to the Garden Railroading hobby, but also to model railroading in general, and especially to Christmas trains, since many of the public displays have holiday themes.
In other words, whether it's around the tree, around a miniature town, or around a public display railroad, the Christmas train looks like it's back to stay. When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, we enjoyed our model trains in part because they were powerful models of incredibly powerful behemoths that could still be seen operating once in a while. As odd as it seems, those of us who grew up with big trains around the tree are affected just as much by the scent of a Lionel or American Flyer transformer that has been left on a little too long, the repetitive thunks and clicks of an endlessly circling train, and the erratic beam that our train's headlight casts around the room when all the room lights are off and only the train and the tree are powered.
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Ray Sharpton, who has been so supportive on the Facebook page, and with his attendance at most, if not all, of the events, was our official starter. This afternoon was the event Deb Koma and I had planned together - the Around the World CHOCOLATE Challenge. For those of you who don't know, the idea for this event grew out of something Deb and I and two other chocoholics did back in 2000, where we attempted (in one short afternoon) to eat something chocolate at every pavilion in World Showcase. We had a special gift for everyone who was there - chocolate, of course, but the kind that melts in your mouth and not in your hand!
The promised rain arrived, and it had been raining just before everyone entered, but fortunately it had stopped by the time we went out to see Illuminations at Italy.
Afterwards it was time for another surprise - we all walked towards the front of the park where we rode Soarin'! Today (Friday) started really early - we had to be at the entrance to the Studios by 6:30 for the Toy Story Maniac Eat and Play Meet. Sarge from Toy Story met us outside the turnstiles and marched us all up Hollywood Blvd do the Sorcerer's Hat, where we took a group photo (only our two official photographers were allowed photos because the park was not yet open, so I don't have any photos of that). We had a really nice breakfast - fresh fruit and pastries, hash browns, two kinds of "family omelet" skillets, turkey sausage, and bacon.
At the end he demonstrated some of his best "Green Army Man" poses - this one was my favorite. The park had just opened as we exited the ride - and it was really amazing watching all the people come down the street and descend upon the ride entrance and the fastpass machines.
And after the park had been cleared of guests we went back to the Streets of America, where Deb Wills flipped the switch to turn on the Osborne Lights! I'm not planning to do my usual descriptive blog about this trip, but will share a few photos as I have the time. They didn't make the restaurant any larger, but they moved the ordering counter back and added a queue and another register or two so it's not quite as chaotic and crowded inside.
I'm sure you'll be reading a much more detailed review from Jack Spence soon - we talked to a manger who saw Lee's AllEars hat and said that he had talked to Jack earlier today. We treated ourselves to a Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake from the stand next to the American Adventure. From our balcony at the Boardwalk we could see the Illuminations fireworks - this is part of the holiday finale. It was so cold that I think everyone (even the Canadians!) was wearing at least three layers.
It was so cold that a priority seating was not to be had anywhere in the park, and even the ABC Commissary had a 30+ minute line to order. And, if you can believe this, it was so cold that there was a line to get into Sounds Dangerous!


Still, about 20 of us braved the cold and came out for the Rock'N'Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror meets at 9:30.
A couple of our table mates ordered this Tomato Mozzarella salad - doesn't it look wonderful? Afterward we posed with some of our gifts at the statue of Betty White, who has a special place in our hearts after one of those "you had to be there" meets two years ago.
The final meet was the Toy Story Mania meet, where we used the Fastpasses that we'd all gotten when we arrived that morning. It was even colder when we came out (the sun was completely gone by then), so several of us went to see MuppetVision. We also found Catherine and Amy back there - one positive thing about the cold is that it really keeps the crowds down! By that time it was 38 (wind chill of 29) and it wasn't really getting colder, but we'd been out in it enough that we were feeling it a lot more, so after watching the lights "dance" several times we called it a day.
The usual final RADP meet is for miniature golf, but I think it was a unanimous decision that mini golf would be No Fun tonight. It's hard to believe that the RADP Meet is over, and that our trip is also over - we leave tomorrow. Each RADP meet is different, and they all have their special and memorable moments - I'm sure we'll all remember the cold weather this year, and the Mediocre Presidents meet, and of course Kevin and Lee appearing as Santa Claus, and how good baby Anthony was on his very first trip to Walt Disney World. There were 25 of us for Thunder Mountain - several people who didn't want to do Splash Mountain joined us. We had time before the Hall of Presidents meet so we're walking, we're walking over to Haunted Mansion. Instead of doing Hall of Presidents we opted to have an early lunch, hoping to beat the crowds who would descend on Columbia Harbour House when it started raining.
The theme of the meet was "Hall of Mediocre Presidents", so we were all charged with cheering for various not-so-well known presidents when they were introduced, like William Henry Harrison, Millard Fillmore, and Calvin Coolidge. Lee and I did a little shopping before meeting back with the group at Stitch's Great Escape. Kevin, Lee and I wanted to see the Castle Lighting show at 6:15 - we were able to get a very nice spot in front of it - there weren't a whole lot of people.
Lee and I came back to the room to put on the warmest clothes we had before going to Epcot. We went to the "It's 5:00 Somewhere" Meet at the Cava del Tequila in Mexico, only to find that it didn't open until 12:00! We'd already eaten, so we didn't have any of the food, but others said that it was pretty good. The "Big Meet and Greet" (BMAG) was at the International Gateway at 1:30 - I was told that there were 52 people there.
The BMAG is always a time to connect with people you haven't seen in a while, or to finally meet in person people that you've been talking to on-line for years, who seem like old friends once you finally meet face-to-face. The 5:15 Candlelight Processional had just gotten out right before we arrived, so we felt like salmon swimming upstream as we tried to get to the Japan pavilion. We had dinner at the Yakitori House - the evening had cooled off a fair bit already, and something hot tasted good. Our friend Tony was singing in the Cast Choir at the 6:45 Candlelight Processional - we didn't even try the standby line, but instead stood all the way at the back, like we did the other night. The show was terrific - as we had noted the other night, there are some differences in some of the arrangements this year. We'd planned to go the Magic Kingdom afterwards, since there was a RADP Meet to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade, but Kevin and Lori were getting Facebook posts and text messages which made it sound like MK was wall-to-wall people. Lee and I had eaten earlier, but we were hungry again and decided to split the Salmon Salad, and that was very good. I mentioned the cast members - one of them walked us around the back and to our own safari vehicle! After the safari was an unscheduled "photograph the gorillas" meet, since two of the bachelors were out in full view. Oh, I guess I should give today's weather report - it was warmer - in the upper 60s, and mostly sunny. We got to spend a little more time with DebK before she had to leave to catch her flight home. Most of us had lunch at Yak and Yeti - I don't really care for the food there, so I had a chocolate muffin from the nearby Tea Shop. There was lots of activity over where the white-cheeked gibbons are - it's a family group with mom, dad, 10-month-old baby, and 3-year-old daughter.
Some people went to find Nemo - Lee and I wandered through Dinoland and Camp Minnie-Mickey - I always enjoy seeing the character-themed Christmas tree they have there at this time of year.
We met the group back at the Dawa Bar, and watched Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade from there. I hadn't noticed the "Naughty" and "Nice" lists posted on Santa Goofy's float - interesting that Donald seems to have made both lists, and Stitch is definitely on the "Naughty" list! Tonight was one of the highlights of the meet - the Open House hosted by Charlotte and Jan at Old Key West. After a while Santa said goodbye, but a little while later Kevin came back - but so did Santa! As I write this, it's the day before our trip and I haven't even started packing yet - but I'll be packing the long-sleeve shirts and jeans rather than the tank tops and tees! But we're also doing something new on this trip - Lee and I are going to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park. I am planning to post a blog daily - though some of them might not be as detailed or photo-filled as I might like depending upon how much time I have to work on them. But we got most of a full day today - instead of having a flight in the very early afternoon it wasn't until 6:00, so we had time to go to two theme parks before leaving for the airport. And what a difference a few hours makes - by 8:00 it was already about 10 degrees warmer than it got all day yesterday!!! We got our bags packed and were out of the room by about 9:00 for the drive to Animal Kingdom. Back at Harambe Fort the AllEars meet was already in full force - there was a Hidden Mickey seminar, conducted by Steve Barrett, going on, and a lot of other people were standing around chatting.
Somehow Rocky got designated to take a photo of those of us who were still around at the time we decided to take a group photo - and then people kept handing him cameras. And we posed for an AllEars team photo as well - I think there were almost more people taking pictures of us than there were people in the photo, LOL! After that it was time to do the videoing for the AllEars Holiday video that Lee will be putting together - Coming Soon to a Youtube Channel near you.
We laughed and shared stories - most of us live quite far apart from each other so the chances we have to get together and socialize as a group are rare.


Lee and I had to say our goodbyes to everyone after that since we were starting to head home.
But we still had a couple hours, so we went back to Epcot to do a few things that we had missed, with a stop in the lobby of the Boardwalk to get our boarding passes printed - something we hadn't had time for in the morning. All week we'd been planning to see Joyful, the gospel singing group that is performing at the stage behind the Epcot fountain, but the timing had never worked out. We had time to catch one more set of the Voices of Liberty - this time they performed two songs we hadn't heard - Angels We Have Heard on High and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
While we were there we went into the Liberty Inn to see the life-size gingerbread house they have in there. And the very last thing we did was to see the World Showcase Players perform their version of A Christmas Carol. It was a good trip, but looking back on it I think we did the fewest attractions that we have ever done - just two!
Thanks to everyone for reading - I'll have some final thoughts about things I didn't have a chance to write about coming soon.
Got up (at about 8:45 again) to a cloudy and chilly day - no sun expected, and high was only supposed to be about 67 - and I'm not sure it ever got even that warm. We decided to have breakfast at Kouzzina - we'd had dinner there back in October with the Koma family and really enjoyed it. There were a number of items on the breakfast menu that looked good - we could definitely eat here again, and I'm sure we will in the future.
I was torn between the Spinach, Tomato, and Feta Scrambled Eggs and the Create Your Own Yogurt and Granola, but I finally chose the latter.
Just about the time our food arrived Linda and Deb came by our table - they had just finished their breakfast. We'd gotten some Kouzzina pastries to have for breakfast tomorrow, when we know we'll be rather rushed in getting out of here, so we dropped those back in our room and then headed out to do a little more Christmas decoration resort hopping.
And an the opposite corner was a rotating version of Chip and Dale's treehouse - they seem to be the "mascot" of the carousel, though I don't really understand why. Masayo brought bags of origami cranes and swans that she had made - I think she said there were about 200!
Here are all of the AllEars team members who attended (except Mike, who had to leave early for his podcast, and Barrie, who arrived after we took the picture) - Linda, Jack, me, Erin, Deb, Michelle, and Fred.
After people had mostly dispersed several of us who were more the RADP folks hung around visiting, and eventually decided to go have lunch at Yakitori House. Jack had the teriyaki chicken, I think, and Lee had the Japanese Curry - it doesn't look very appealing in the photo, but fortunately it tastes a LOT better than it looks! After lunch (it was after 3:00 by then) Lee and I headed over to Magic Kingdom via monorail, though we stopped at the entrance to Epcot to take a few pictures of the holiday topiaries. At Magic Kingdom we went back to see the Hall of Presidents - our timing was great because a show was just a couple of minutes away. We got out just in time to make it to Erin's "Remembering Walt Disney" meet at 4:30 - we were meeting out by the floral Mickey. Buddy L* trains were very large stamped-metal push-toy trains for which you could buy track. Most of them were about the size of today's garden trains, although you couldn't use them outside, of course - they were tin-plated steel that would eventually rust under the driest conditions.
56 many years later, as well as the display railroads operating in many botanical gardens as I write this article. Department 56 pieces average around O scale, the scale that suits most of the Lionel trains made after WWI. When a British children's book series was cleverly animated using sets that looked for all the world like a large model railroad, Thomas the Tank captured the hearts of young and old alike. Bachmann, Lionel, AristoCraft, and LGB all added trains in Christmas colors to their lineup. Still, there may be one other reason, we are welcoming Christmas trains back into our homes.
You can have your "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Give me the cheery thunder and repetitive motion of a big Christmas train with a circle of track sitting right on a hardwood floor. If big Christmas trains are part of the memories you are forming for the next generation, then our hearts are with you in that as well.
About 2004, another company entirely manufactured some electric trains under the Buddy L brand name. But of course they weren't possible further north where fire engines left outside were likely to get snowed under or iced up before Christmas.
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We didn't get our own elevator, though - we felt a little bit sorry for the 7 poor unsuspecting folks who had to ride with us.
The nostalgic value of some of the products, coupled with the appeal of creating one's own little community was powerful.
Those cast-metal and plastic trains bore no resemblance to the stamped tinplate Buddy L products, and the company disappeared almost as soon as the trains got into the warehouses. So the generation who grew up with "just" HO stopped bothering to set up temporary living-room railroads at Christmas. So there were more trains around the Christmas tree, but these trains were too use with putzes or train gardens in most homes.
56 contracted with Bachmann to make trains that would look good with the Department 56 buildings.
Still, there seemed to be no particular sense that it was more suitable to give a toy train for Christmas, than, say, for a birthday. Still, between 1901 and 1950, a name-brand electric train was a major purchase that needed to be budgeted.



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