Christmas in Houston

The Houston Area Digital Archives sends our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year! Highlights of this month’s featured collections include a greeting card from Louis Armstrong, photographs of the rare occurrences of snow in Houston, and an oral history interview with ballerina and former star of the Houston Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker, Lauren Anderson.

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Oral Histories:

“We would pride ourselves in running full page thank you ads to the community. Like, at Christmas time, we wished everybody happy holidays.”
Ed Smith

Ed Smith discusses his career and his fondest memories with Foley’s as Manager of Credit promotion, and gradually rose to the rank of Vice-President of Public Relations, Special events and Community Affairs and Visitor Services of all the Foley’s stories in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Louisiana.



“Our Theater District is pretty awesome and powerful, actually. Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, the Alley, the Symphony. We have everything. There are only like 3 or 4 cities in the United States that have it all
and we are one of them.”
Lauren Anderson

When she was named Principal Dancer for the Houston Ballet in 1990, Lauren Anderson became the first African American to hold such a position in a major ballet company. Anderson talks with Linda Lorelle about growing up in Houston, her ballet career, and her family life.



“A lot of things…made Sakowitz a unique operation in the country and that is why Johnny Carson used to have them on the Great Carnac…guessing some of the things for the Sakowitz Christmas catalog and the Today Show. We had national recognition for our Christmas catalog items.”
Robert Sakowitz

Robert Sakowitz talks about his family business in Houston, the Sakowitz stores; about the city of Houston at the time the stores were established and developed; and the personalities he met while doing business.




KHOU videos:

Footage from Dec. 1969,
see "Toys-Santa-Lions Club" clip


Footage from Nov. to Dec. 1968, see "Apollo Christmas Tree" clip



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