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    When I was younger, we alway's went to Lewis's Kids HQ in Manchester and Leeds to see Father Christmas. It wasn't Christmas without going to Lewis's and then having lunch in Kendals on Deansgate. I remember they had a construction fence up (the store was also going to be home to M&S after the 1996 Manchester Bomb) and I somehow managed to get lost in an area I wasn't supposed to. My parents had to make a tannoy I think.

    It's a shame it is'nt with us - although Ive heard something about a Lewis's grotto in Liverpool moving to Rapid? We visited Liverpool the other day and Im sure people had Lewis's Kids HQ bags

    I thought Lewis's was long gone - obviously not.

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    Yes Lewis`s Grotto has moved into Rapid Hardware. Back in the Early Summer, before Lewis`s closed. They opened the grotto up for one last time. Kiddies could all get a small gift and the grotto was donned in Christmas lights and tinsel. And animated Fairytale characters.

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    We always had a trip into Newcastle to look at Fenwicks window. Always magical!
    Heaven knows I'm miserable now.

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    Real candles on the Christmas Tree, held on by little holders. (Alot of Health and Safety issues there I think)
    Home made Christmas Crackers
    Home baked Mince Pies, Christmas Cake and Trifle, which where delicious by todays standards.
    Selection Boxes which at the time seemed as big as myself, they where gigantic.
    Chocolate Snowmen and chocolate coins in a little bag on the tree.
    A Nativity Scene, made out of cardboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stockportyears View Post
    Mine lasted up to 1992, which is pretty good considering that I used it virtually every day, several hours a day, over the course of nine years.
    My Panasonic ghetto has just given up the ghost due the mechanical tape drive I've written about it on other posts as someone put a picture of an old Argos catalogue on which it was in!

    Also the circling the xmas radio times time must have been a real part of kids Xmas back then I remember me and my sister writing out our Xmas TV schedules and having to get them to fit in with each other.

    Another thing that doesn't happen any more is dads testing the Xmas tree bulbs (huge great bulbs not like the tiny things today that we just throw away and replace) he'd have to have a electrical engineering degree to find the fault in the string of bulbs and then also have a box of spare bulbs to replace the one fault that was keeping the whole string from working.

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    I remember christmas eve being the longest night ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by branny View Post
    I remember christmas eve being the longest night ever.
    thartts so true.
    id go to be around 8.

    id not be able to sleep thinking of what id got.

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    Me & my brother would keep saying "Can we get up yet?" until about 7:30.
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    Chirstmas telly used to be ACE but I don't know what the schedule planners got up to because now it's C**p.
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    Quote Originally Posted by branny View Post
    I remember christmas eve being the longest night ever.
    I used to love christmas eve! I agree it did seem to last forever. In a good way though! I used to go out on the morning with my Mum to get the last minute bits and pieces then out with my mates all afternoon till about 7pm when I had to come home to go and visit my Grandparents. Then it was supper time and off to bed for a night of very little sleep due to all the excitement! I have very fond memories of christmas eves. Its not the same now that i'm 37!!
    Heaven knows I'm miserable now.

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