A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 19, 2016
“Trimming the tree with happy hearts, that’s the way the holiday starts”

A Christmas tree saying has several small variations:

“Trimming the tree with happy hearts, that’s the way the holiday starts.”
“Trimming the tree with happy hearts, that’s the way the holidays start.”
“Trimming the tree with happy hearts, that’s the way Christmas starts.”


“‘Trimming the tree with happy hearts...that’s the way the holidays start’--Author unknown” was cited in a 2006 newspaper.

“Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts” is a related holiday saying.


5 December 2006, The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL), pg. C4, col. 4 ad:
Trimming the tree with happy hearts…
that’s the way the holidays start”
--Author unknown
(Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community.—ed.)

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The Christmas Keeper
‏@christmaskeeper
“Trimming the tree with happy hearts, that’s the way the holiday starts”
5:00 PM - 31 Oct 2009

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Sarah Oakley
‏@YogaGroSarah
Trimming the tree with happy hearts, that’s the way Christmas starts.
1:39 PM - 10 Dec 2009

23 December 2009, Gatesville (TX) Messenger, sec. 2, pg. 5, col. 2 ad:
Trimming the tree with happy hearts, that the way the holiday starts
(...)
City of Gatesville
Spur Capital of Texas

22 December 2011, Gatesville (TX) Messenger, sec. 2, pg. 14, col. 3 ad:
Trimming the tree with happy hearts, that the way the holiday starts
(...)
City of Gatesville
Spur Capital of Texas

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BayPointe Retirement
‏@BaypointeRet
Trimming the tree with happy hearts. That’s the way the holidays start! #FrontierCulture
12:19 PM - 1 Dec 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityHolidays/Events/Parades • Monday, December 19, 2016 • Permalink