When will Santa get here? There were thirty-six Gooderham grandchildren bursting with excitement while they waited impatiently for the sound of Santa's footsteps as he climbed the stairs to the third floor of their grandparents' home. They knew he would be carrying a huge sack of gifts for them and the key to the door of the large room where they waited (now the St. George Lounge). Under a tree in that room would be wonderful surprises from their grandparents, George and Harriet Gooderham.
As a result it was the thirty-six grandchildren and their nannies who knew their own parts of Waveney best, in particular the north wing, called the Grandchildren’s Wing, with a night nursery (now the Gooderham Room). They could roam their wing with an attendant nanny but the one area that they had to quietly avoid was the master bedroom, facing west to St. George Street (now the Upper Lounge). They might have heard the rumour that there was a moveable bathtub that was set up on a short track in the room, which could give George or Harriet a short trip in a tub! The Gooderham grandchildren were very much at home in Waveney. They loved their aunts and uncles and the eldest Blackstock grandson adored George Gooderham, spending as much time with him as the distinguished man could spare.
On Christmas morning, however, the third floor was the place to be. There, Santa's arrival brought a thirty-six-voice welcome. Producing the key, he opened the lounge door and emptied his bag of wonders. Turmoil erupted. Then as gifts were being opened, Santa performed his last trick. He had been carrying a huge candy cane and suddenly dropped it, supposedly by accident, causing thirty-six eager scavengers to scramble for the pieces and allowing Santa to make a discreet exit and disappear until the next Christmas. Perhaps by then there would be even more than thirty-six young Gooderhams to greet him.
Written by Mary Byers, author of “The York Club, A Centennial History,” published in 2009. See our bibliography here: https://www.gooderham-worts.ca/showalbum.php?albumID=9
1897 Christmas at Waveney
Describing Xmas for the grandchildren at George Gooderham's home Waveney (now the York Club) at St. George St. and Bloor.
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