102-year-old has many holiday memories

Angela Brickley turns 102 today, Thursday, Dec. 3. She took some time recently to reflect on her Christmas memories growing up.
Angela Brickley turns 102 today, Thursday, Dec. 3. She took some time recently to reflect on her Christmas memories growing up. Photo by Jessica Williams

Angela Brickley has many holiday memories as she approaches her 102nd Christmas.

Brickley resides at Norwood Nursing Center and is celebrating her birthday today, Thursday, Dec. 3. She was born in 1907 and grew up in Union Township.

She says she remembers the Santa Parade downtown and lighting the Christmas tree. She also enjoyed the big tree at school, candles on it and all. She said the town was lit up so bright for the holidays.

"I always enjoyed Christmas," Brickley says.

She recalls how the snow looked pretty. She and her brother also got to enjoy something some only hear about in Christmas carols - a traditional sleigh ride led by horses with bells.

On Christmas Eve, she recalls looking for Santa, but never staying up late enough to find him. Her family made taffy and candy to pass the time.

Then on Christmas Day, her family would go to church right away if the weather held up.

Sometimes, Brickley adds, they visited an aunt's house. The aunt had children and that made it more fun, she explains.

She says "just being together was good" because they didn't always get to visit. She said she loved visiting with her cousins.

She also loved the piano and had to wait her turn to play it.

She married Ralph Brickley in 1931 and they had one son and two daughters. Brickley also has 12 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She advises everyone to live each day to the fullest and that she never dreamed she would live to be 102.