Merry Christmas everyone! Happy Holidays to all!
I started thinking about our past Christmas
celebrations. I decided to browse
through a few hundred of the thousands of family photos that we have, in an
effort to find some meaningful Christmas related photos…
are a few pictures from our past that brought back some great memories.
The oldest photos were taken ca. 1950, and with one exception, the
newest photo in this collection is from Christmas 2002.
I’m in the foreground in this photo that
was taken at our family’s home at 1113 First Street in Jackson Michigan. I was about 8 ½ years old and my brother Bob
was about 2 ½. That’s mom, (Elizabeth or
Beth) just behind us…
Yup… It’s me again. I’m playing with my new train and I’m wearing
a new cavalry hat. I still like trains
and Laurie takes photos of trains and railroad depots for me to research and blog
This photo is from 1954…Golde’s
Department Store in Maplewood Missoui.
Laurie, my future bride, is at the left and her sister Bonnie is sitting
on Santa’s knee to the right. Laurie was
just 3 years old and Bonnie was almost 2. This Santa
looks like he had a long day…or else he had gas… He certainly doesn’t look
happy! Were they afraid of Santa?
We think that this photo of Laurie and
Bonnie is from 1955 or 1956. Both girls were
sooo excited because for Christmas they got these great ‘stick horses’ to ride about the
yard! (Toys have changed just a bit, don’t you think?!)
Oooops…another Santa. This one looks really mean and the kids don’t
seem to be enamored with him either! This photo
was taken in the old J.M. Field’s Department Store in downtown Jackson
I needed a job during the Christmas break from Michigan State…I was
about 6’ 1” and weighed in at around 225…so with a beard and the suit, I was ‘qualified’
for the job. Why I wasn’t smiling, I don’t
know. The fact is that these 4 kids are
my cousins and they had no clue that I was Santa. From the left: Margaret/Maggie; Judy;
Michael, and; John. Judy and John just
saw this photo for the first time about a year ago…
Moving right along… 1978… Here are David
II and Laurie stringing cranberries and popcorn to decorate our tree! I wasn’t much help except in depleting the
available popcorn… This was our first Christmas together!
The ‘destruction’ of our living
room! Do you think that there were
enough presents? Time flies…David II is now
an attorney with an executive wife and 2 grandchildren for Laurie and I…
David II and me, when I still had some
hair and my chest was still where it belonged!
David II was 9 years old…and now his boys are 9 and 12…
Here’s David II again…age 11+. (Christmas 1979) This photo was taken in our
new house in Bridgeton Missouri.
Apparently, he really liked this Lego gift. Emmett Lee, David II’s 9 year old spent part
of this past year being fixated on Legos…and now we know where Emmett gets the
crazy expressions he likes to make when he’s excited!
Christmas of 1980…same home in
Missouri. From the left…Laurie, David II
and me. David II was 11 going on 12 in
April of 1981. I just might still have that
shirt stored away somewhere…but of course it doesn’t fit.
David II grew up! Laurie took
this photo at our house in Mt. Prospect Illinois. Our ‘little’ David was 19 already, a student at Michigan State University...and by now he was
much taller than his papa.
Heck…critters celebrate Christmas
too! This is Lhasa, our Himalayan all
dressed up for the Holidays… In truth, although she always looked perturbed or
disgusted when Laurie put the antlers on her, she was the only cat we’ve ever
had that would tolerate them for any length of time.
What goes around comes around! This photo was taken at David II and Amy’s
house in Winfield Illinois. This little
fella is David III at 2 years of age! He’s
riding on an old fashioned wooden rocking horse that we bought for him. It’s just like the one that Laurie and her sisters shared when
they were little. (Their horse was blue) We’d found it in
an antique store in Woodstock Illinois.
This is the one new photo that I’d
mentioned at the beginning of this blog… This is our hearth here in East
Tennessee. But, since this is all about reminiscing
about the past…check out the small stocking with the name on it! My mom made this stocking for me ca. 1948 or
1949. Laurie and I bring it out and put
it on display every year…
Finally… This handmade card, (in the
style of Grandma Moses), was drawn by my mom for Christmas in 1994. She was in a nursing home and she was bored…just
a bit depressed. Laurie suggested that
she make up some Christmas cards for the nursing home to send out to their patient's families.
Mom did just that and for just a bit that old spark shined through! Her Christmas spirit was revitalized and she
had a great Christmas…albeit her last one.
That’s about it for now… I’m sure that
all of you have many terrific Christmas/Holiday memories. Perhaps this little trip down our memory lane
will get you thinking about your Christmases past!
Just click on any photo to enlarge it…
Thanks for stopping by… Once again,
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave