Kerry Crawford

Kerry Crawford /

When you ask Memphians of the certain age to talk about the Christmases of their childhoods, they often mention a train, a puppet, and the circus.

Goldsmith's Department Store had a wonderfully elaborate electric train that ran through an enchanted Christmas scene. Parents brought their children to visit and be photographed with Santa, and then to see the train.

After Goldsmith's closed the Main Street store, the train was moved to Oak Court Mall for several years, but it was never the same.