Santa in a helicopter

The day after Thanksgiving traditionally marks the start of the Christmas shopping season and is often celebrated by a grand parade to welcome the arrival of Santa Claus. In 1968, Santa decided to spare his reindeer the effort of a journey from the North Pole to Medford and traveled via "Santa Copter" instead, to the delight of the many children who turned out to greet him. A perusal of old newspaper ads reveals that the cost of toys has seen a substantial increase over the years  while some Christmas decorations (such as midget light strings) are actually less expensive now.

The day after Thanksgiving traditionally marks the start of the Christmas shopping season and is often celebrated by a grand parade to welcome the arrival of Santa Claus. In 1968, Santa decided to spare his reindeer the effort of a journey from the North Pole to Medford and traveled via “Santa Copter” instead, to the delight of the many children who turned out to greet him. A perusal of old newspaper ads reveals that the cost of toys has seen a substantial increase over the years  while some Christmas decorations (such as midget light strings) are actually less expensive now.

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