Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Christmas Visit to the Circus

 Merry Christmas to all of my readers who celebrate this holiday.

At the Tioga County Historical Society's annual Oh Tannnenbaum fundraiser this year in the small town of Owego, New York, one of the themes was the Circus.

For many of us, we have memories of attending a circus and being amazed.

It bought us Joy.

Won't we buy a virtual ticket and pay a quick visit to a Christmas Eve circus?


Old circus toys.

I only had one visit to the circus, in my late teens. (A certain relative knows what is coming).  My then-boyfriend (now my husband) was told by his Mom to take his little sister to the circus. So we went down to Manhattan (I grew up in New York City) and saw the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden.

But not for long, because my little future sister in law was a bit overwhelmed by all the noise, smells and action - and we ended up having to take her home.

I've never been to the circus since.  But at least, at Oh Tannenbaum, I was able to visit it once more, at least briefly.

I will leave you today with a song sung by Pentatonix.

Tomorrow, a post in honor of Hanukkah.


  1. Merry Christmas, Alana.

    It must have been overwhelming to go there after so long. So many memories, right? Thanks for the visual treat.

  2. Circuses are sadly getting quite extinct. When the kids can watch anything on youtube at the click of a mouse, they hate to go out and visit one. Opposite my house is a huge ground which hosts a circus every two or three years. I love it and visit it when I can.

  3. The circuses all came around March or April. Invariably, they arrived during the holiday of Passover- one with severe restrictions on the food you can eat. So, while I loved going to the circus, I hated the fact that I couldn't get anything to drink- or even taste (what I thought had to be fabulous) cotton candy. When I was older (as a Jaycee) and made the stuff for sale at our carnivals, I realized I was spared the excess sugar.

  4. I love going into historical societies to see the memorabilia. Circus stuff is always weirdly fun. My last circus visit was Cirque Du Soleil in LA.

  5. Too bad you missed the circus. It's an interesting experience. (We went a few times when I was a child. It was a show, all right.)

  6. I dsont remember when is the last time I ever went to a circus, most probably as a very tiny kid...
    I loved the pics shared by you here - the memorablia looks so quaint!

  7. I went to circus one time in my life and it was years back when I was a child. I have fond memories of the day. Your post made me recollect those :)


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