Holiday blast from the past (photos)

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Santa Claus comes to town during the 1973 downtown Charleston Christmas parade.
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Justin Randall Noe (left) and Dustin Michael Noe (right) sit on Santa's lap at a 1989 coalfield Christmas celebration at a United Mine Workers camp in Cora, Logan County. Their father, Larry, was one of the miners striking against the Pittson Coal Company that year.
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In this 1987 photo, Susie Fletcher selects her Christmas tree from a Charleston stand while Tom Higgins looks on.
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Majorettes march along the 1973 Charleston Christmas parade route, which took them along Capitol Street, past stores including John Lee Shoes, the Buddy Dale Hat Shop and Bass Jewelers.
Chris Dorst
Patty Pritt waits as her 9-year-old cousin, Athena Smith, tells Santa what she wants for the Christmas of 1988. That year, for a second time, Foto 1 in the Kanawha Mall offered videotaped visits with Santa.
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A young boy enjoys himself while out and about for the 1973 Charleston Christmas parade.
Photos from the Charleston Newspapers archive celebrate Christmases of years gone by.  
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