It’s an unfortunate fact that many of the traditions of Christmas shopping are fading away.
For decades, the holiday selling season began with decorations and lights … but it wasn’t usually until after Thanksgiving. It’s not considered unusual anymore for holiday decorations and items to begin appearing in stores in October.
Window shopping was once a magical time for children, strolling past stores with intricate displays of the season’s new toys. And there were always the Sears and Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogs to set children dreaming of what might be under the tree Christmas morning.
There simply aren’t as many retailers as there once were, and online shopping takes a bigger bite from them each year. Here’s a look at stores — large and small — where New Jerseyans shopped in years past.