24 December 2021

Published December 22, 2021 by rochellewisoff
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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100

BLUE, BLUE CHRISTMAS

Snowflakes tickled my nose as I stared in awe at the bright lights outlining each building. The myriad of color delighted my eight-year-old eyes. I shivered and hugged my new Cabbage Patch doll. 1985. Best Christmas ever.

            Nana squeezed my hand. “I was your age in 1927. Santa brought me a Patsy doll. Call me crazy, but I remember the Country Club Plaza lights being blue that year.”

            “All of ‘em?”

            “Every single one.”

***

            I’ve since scoured the internet and can’t find anything to corroborate Nana’s story. But if my grandmother said it, it’s the unvarnished truth. Blue and simple.

_____________________

Thanks to my friend Lori Wilson, a former freelance writer for The Kansas City Star Magazine, who shared this great historical tidbit with me and gave me permission to pass it along to with you. 😀

Lori Wilson

Verification appeared in print prior to Google-ing days:

Star Magazine, The Kansas City Star, December 8, 1991

Q. We are three very old ladies. Years ago, the Plaza Christmas lights were all in blue, but no one seems to know what we are talking about. Can you tell us what year that was?

The blue lights weren’t a figment of your imaginations. They are a very real memory from 1927, according to records kept by Broadway Electrical Construction Inc., which oversees the Plaza lights project.

The lights have been experimented with over the years, says Jerry Root, president of the electrical company. Although he wasn’t there in 1927, Root says that the lights were all blue for only one year because the bulbs couldn’t be seen during daylight to change the burned-out ones.

The Plaza Christmas light project began in 1925, when the late Charles S. Pitrat, head of maintenance for the J.C. Nichols Co., strung colored lights on what is now the Mill Creek Building, across from the J.C. Nichols Fountain. The only interruptions in this annual event have been during World War II and for two weeks in 1973 for energy conservation.

Q. is written by free-lance writer Lori Wilson. Is there something in Kansas City you’ve always wondered about? Ask Q…

Here’s a taste of the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIrH41qVnIU

74 comments on “24 December 2021

  • That’s blue magic! Something about Christmas that doesn’t let anyone feel blue 🙂

    There is a lot we can never verify. Much hasn’t been documented. Truly miss my grandmothers who were lovely storytellers. Yes, even I believed every word they said.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    How cool is that? The things we learn with a little digging. Now I’m reminded of the year Mick put up all red lights around the boys’ windows… The neighbours played a trick on him and changed just one bulb to blue. He saw it, looked across the street and smiled, leaving it there to bug THEM!!

    Shalom and lotsa blue, not sad, love,

    Dale

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  • It’s true! If your grandmother says it, it must be true. I love Christmas lights, any and every color. I saw your comment to Tannille. I, too, had a Chatty Cathy doll! For my daughter, it was Cabbage Patch. I hope you have a lovely weekend, Rochelle!

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    • Dear Brenda,

      My mother sat down with Chatty Cathy, pulling her ring as many times as it took to find out each and ever sentence she uttered. I never had any girls but my youngest would’ve been the right age for the Cabbage Patch dolls. 😉 Thank you. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Charming story, Rochelle,

    I wish I could see such things in the past, even if they are just my memories.

    Reminded me of a prominent building from our past lined with blue lights. My search turned up everything but the blue lights (maybe it’s an anti-blue conspiracy). I liked them cuz they were so different.

    Well done,

    Peace,

    Bill

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    You charmed me with this one. A neat bit of K.C. history. All grandmas were made to be true blue. Even if all Christmas lights weren’t! May all the blessings of the season be yours, and lots of merry lights.

    Shalom uv’rachah,
    Dora

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  • When I saw the photo, over at Fandango’s site, I immediately thought Kansas City (Missouri). Great selection.

    I came to Kansas City with my parents several times as a kid. I brought up my kids in the general area, not the city proper.

    I’m thinking of possibly participating in this one; to write a piece of fiction, based on a conversation from today. Not sure yet.

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