DENZIL SHEPPARD Heart’s Delight-islington
Like no other time of the year, Christmas is a time that evokes nostalgic memories of Yuletide seasons past. It reminds us all of our childhood, of Christmas concerts, jannying, cutting trees, and special gifts we received along the way, precious memories that seem to be stirred in our hearts at this time of year. With that in mind, The Compass spoke to seven citizens of our coverage area and asked them to share some of their favourte memories with our readers.
Denzil Sheppard remembers Christmas time being “all about family” growing up in Lark Harbour in the Bay of Islands during the late 50s and early 60s.
He remembers “putting in your list to Santa Claus and waiting for dad to get home on Christmas Eve.”
Sheppard fondly remembers trying to sleep on Christmas Eve, noting, “it was a hard job.”
One p a r t i cul a r Christmas, Sheppard recalls asking for a rocking horse, “the one with the metal springs,” when he was six years old. He got the horse he wanted. “There were stockings hung up behind the stove,” said Sheppard. “Sometimes, there would be a slice of bread or grapes. Maybe some candies, a pair of socks or some dinkies.”
Christmas time was the only time to find a five-point apple, according to Sheppard, and the grapes he would get were either purple or green.
One Christmas in particular, Sheppard remembers asking for an electrical record player, a year after getting the rocking horse.
“Most of the record players of the time were wind-up, but this one would plug into the wall,” said Sheppard. When he got it, Sheppard felt like “he had the world.” Unfortunately, he broke the needle after a couple of hours of enjoyment and had to wait a couple of days to get a new one.
“The only place to get it was in Corner Brook,” said the mayor of Heart’s Delight-islington.
Sheppard said when he was growing up, “there was always a fear that you would get a lump of cool in your stocking.”
“It’s nothing like it is today. It’s Christmas everyday.”