This month's challenge by Kathy Streib encourages us to share a favorite holiday memory. I had to think about this on for a while. There are some wonderful memories from just a few years ago to many years ago. But I think that when we celebrate our holidays we never forget the customs that were followed in our youth. I have fond memories of Christmas celebrations as a child.
Decorating our House
My parents believed in tasteful decorations. I remember my mother calling excess decorating "gingerbread." Outside, we put colored lights on one or two evergreen trees. We had a wreath on our door and a spotlight shone on it. A single electric candle was placed in every window in the house.
Our Christmas Tree
Our Christmas Tree in the early years was a balled tree from the nursery. Afterward, usually New Years Day, we would plant it outside. Some of them didn't make it but we had a line of blue spruce along our property line from each Christmas. We would decorate our tree with lights, balls, and tinsel. Sometimes the tinsel would fall off onto the tracks of the electric trains that ran underneath.
My grandmother would stay overnight on Christmas Eve. My parents went out to church and other visits. One year I woke up and saw everything for Christmas was put out. I woke up my sister and told her that Santa Claus had come.
Our Christmas Cards
Unlike today photo Christmas Cards were less prevalent. My father loved photography and my mother was a trained artist. Our photo Christmas cards reflected that. Here is a card from the early 1950's.
My mother made the mask that was used to print this picture which my father did in the darkroom. My father staged the picture above a used a big portait camera that he borrowed.
What I really remember, however, is the love and warmth of our family and these are fond memories.
We wish you a Merry Christmas!