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Dressed for December: Celebrations abound in final days ’92

Dressed for December: Celebrations abound in final days ’92

Capital Region Scrapbook looks back at holiday celebrations and winter fun from late in 1992.
Dressed for December: Celebrations abound in final days ’92
Glenville youngsters Justine Mongillo and Carrie Kerr make merry during a Christmas party at the Rexford Fire Hall on Dec. 12.
Photographer: Gazette file

Cheryl and Tracey might have been thinking of the holly and the ivy on the night they wore the scarlet and the emerald.

The LaBelle ladies dressed in Christmas colors for the 1992 Victorian Ball at the Ramada Renaissance Hotel in Saratoga Springs. Cheryl went with red; Tracey wore green.

Plenty of others will dress for the holidays tonight — it’s Christmas Eve.

In 1992, kids like Justine, Carrie, Kayla and Jennifer wore yuletide hats. It had been a snowy December in the Capital Region, and some people dressed for trips with toboggans. Brittany Ganswith, 8, admired toys. She loved the dozens of hand puppets on sale at the holiday store sponsored by Girls Inc. in Schenectady.

December is also the month for Kwanzaa, the Americanized version of an African harvest festival. In 1992, Yvonne Abunaw led a celebration for the holiday at Friendship Baptist Church in Schenectady.

On Christmas Eve, one man celebrates more than everyone else. Santa Claus — who reminded some of Mike Houghton of Canajoharie — was in downtown Schenectady in 1992. Young people know Santa will be in the city tonight, too — as well as in cities and towns all over the world.

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