Advent Day 5

Welcome to my virtual Advent Calendar. Click on the box below to find the day’s “gift.” It may be an old Christmas photo or memory, a haiku or flash fiction, a favorite Christmas carol–who knows! That’s part of the fun. 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Click on the box for today’s “surprise.”

ADVENT CALENDAR 2018
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

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Trees Through the Years

How fun to browse through years and years of photos for this history of family Christmas trees. Each picture brought back heartwarming memories. They’re happy memories, but they made me a little sad, too, for the loved ones who are no longer with us, for the realization of how quickly time passes.

Favorite “Tree” Memories:

  • Icicles – My mom loved icicles, and she always insisted we place them one strand at a time. We’d often toss a bunch onto the tree when she wasn’t looking, but of course, she always knew and made us do it over again.
  • Flocked vs. Natural – My mom always preferred flocked trees, and looking at these photos is a blast from the past, as we don’t often see flocked trees anymore.
  • Missing “Too Much” – I’ll admit, when my kids were young, the holidays were often stressful. There were seasons when I wished I didn’t have to help decorate my mom’s tree. Perhaps I hadn’t yet had time to decorate my own. What I wouldn’t give now to have another opportunity to decorate a tree with my mom. (However, I’m sure you’ll note a big difference between my mom’s big, glorious trees and my skinny, minimalist-by-comparison trees.) 🙂

I’ve got even older pictures in scrapbooks that I hope to scan during Advent, but that’ll have to wait for a weekend. 🙂

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Advent Day 4

Welcome to my virtual Advent Calendar. Click on the box below to find the day’s “gift.” It may be an old Christmas photo or memory, a haiku or flash fiction, a favorite Christmas carol–who knows! That’s part of the fun. 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Click on the box for today’s “surprise!”

ADVENT CALENDAR 2018
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

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Advent Day 3

Welcome to my virtual Advent Calendar. Click on the box below to find the day’s “gift.” It may be an old Christmas photo or memory, a haiku or flash fiction, a favorite Christmas carol–who knows! That’s part of the fun. 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Click for today’s surprise!

ADVENT CALENDAR 2018
Day 1
Day 2

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Christmas 1982 & 1984

I don’t have many regrets in my life, but one of the few I do have is that I haven’t been better organized with my photos and especially, my Christmas letters.

I’m grateful that I do have most of the annual Christmas photos I’ve sent since 1982, however, I have yet to find all of the annual Christmas letters I’ve written since then. I hope they’re packed away in a box somewhere, and perhaps they’ll be a pleasant surprise one day when they turn up.

Until then, through Advent, I’ll share some of our annual Christmas photos. Today, here’s our 1982 and 1984 photo. Don’t ask me what happened to the 1983 photo. 😦

1982 Andi – 6 months

1984
Andi – 2 years
Adam – 11 months

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