I thought I’d share an old Christmas picture and a few Christmas memories from my younger years—and I’d love to hear some of yours.
This is a picture of my sister and me on a rare visit to see Santa Claus. It’s one of my favorite pictures from my childhood. Please note those fashionista headscarves we’re wearing. I’m the one standing closest to Santa. My sister and I were probably around five and six when that picture was taken and Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig were the rage, so we were very proud of those headscarves. The coats we're wearing are ones our mother cut down from adult size coats and remade on her treadle Singer sewing machine. I’m still amazed at the things she did in order to make ends meet and provide for us.
A few years later, I received my Porky Pig watch. That’s a picture of it on the right. And yes, it still works. All I need to do is wind it up and it ticks and keeps time perfectly and even the red plastic band is the original. It was one of my favorite Christmas gifts.
One of the things I remember doing with my sister and brother was making Christmas decorations for our tree. My uncle worked for Sealtest milk back when milk came in bottles and had aluminum caps of different colors—whole milk had one color, skim milk, another, buttermilk, another. Those caps were stamped out on a huge machine and around Christmastime, my uncle would bring us some of the surrounding foil that was left over. My mom cut it apart and we would roll the strips around a pencil, slip them off and tie them together to make “stars” that would reflect in the tree lights. I wish I still had one, but they all disappeared over time.
So what are a few of your favorite Christmas memories of a gift, a picture, an ornament or special treat? It’s the time of year for sharing, so do share with us.
Merry Christmas to each one of you, and may you find joy as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour? ~Judy