Thursday, December 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday....Christmas!

First off here is a photo from Christmas Eve of 1960............

This is one of my earliest memories in life. It was taken at my maternal grandparent's house in front of their Christmas tree.  Note all that lovely tinsel! lolz

Growing up my parents let me and my brothers each open up one gift on Christmas Eve night.  I don't recall what I had unwrapped that year but each of my brothers had opened up gift watches.

Then my mom told us to sit in our pjs in front of the tree for a photo.
And she had my brothers hold their gift they had opened.
She told me I couldn't hold what I had opened and I got quite upset.

You will notice that while I am not bawling out my eyes I don't look very happy either.  ;-)  I think I was on the verge of tears when my father snapped that photo.
I was 1 month short of being 2 years old in that picture.

And for the other TBT photo(s) here is a shot of our Christmas tree for 2015........

We only put up the small tabletop tree this year again.
And most of the ornaments are old handmade ones.

This is from a set of Santas I made my brother in the 1980's.  When he passed away in 2009 I was sure to retrieve these to keep to put on my tree in remembrance of him.......

This is another handmade felt Santa my mother made when I was in elementary school.

Another handmade doll ornie made by my mother.  She was a homeroom mom and the school had a big Christmas bazaar/fundraiser and all the moms made ornaments to sell.

This is a ceramic camel ornie I made back in the early 1990's when I had a craft business.  This was an ornie I gave my mother back then and after she passed in 2000 I inherited it back......

Another of the felt ornies made by my mom......

Hubs favorite ornament, a barrel of George Dickel

Another homemade by my mom.  It's hard to make out from this angle but it's a drum a la the Little Drummer Boy......

Either my mother or I painted this wooden ornament back in the 1960's or early 1970's.  It was from a kit she bought...

This is a tiny, 2 inch long plastic Nativity scene ornament.  It was what I got as a reward for selling crap for my school/class for Christmas in 2nd or 3rd grade.  I sold enough to "buy" a few of these as my reward.

This is a sand dollar I painted, put a ribbon on and made into a Christmas ornament back in the late 1980's.

And this is my version of the lace doll above that my mom had made.  I made these in the late 1980's to sell at craft shows before I started doing ceramics.........

And that's it from me for TBT.

College Boy and I ran to the grocery store again today for a whole mess of stuff, mostly a ham for cheap to stick into the freezer and a whole bunch of foodstuffs for CB to take back to college in January.

I hope everyone has a quiet and peaceful Christmas Eve and if I don't pop back on here to post before tomorrow I wish you a Merry Christmas celebrating the way in which you choice.



  1. Ornaments with memories are the best. Wishing youa wonderful Christmas!

  2. Maybe your gift was so large it would hide your face. Still...I wish you had gotten to hold it. I embroidered that same lion and stuffed it about 30 years ago.

  3. Happy and sad memories of Christmas seem to go hand in hand. It's a tough time of year for many people. I find myself looking back more than I look forward these days. I love old photos of the Christmases folks our age had when we were young. Brings back so many memories. I saw a neighbor's tree in the window with tinsel on it. I didn't even know they made it anymore.

  4. Love the throwback! And the handmade ornaments are THEE BEST!!! So great Sluggy. Thank-you for sharing too. I absolutely love seeing these kinds of things.

    Did not have a very quite Christmas Eve here (I married into a rather rambunctious family) but Christmas has been very nice and calm, ahh :) With lots of, "OH MY GOSH, JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED." I have a VERY dramatic child. It's the best.

    Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!!

  5. Merry Christmas! I love the old photo and your stories about the ornaments. This has been a Christmas for remembering and reflecting for us, and at one time during brunch we all shed a few tears while talking about Dad. Of course we all remembered his love of life and incredible sense of humor and laughed at things he said every year.


Hey there! Thanks for leaving a comment.
All Anonymous commentors will be deleted.
Please include your name in your comment, or choose the 'Name' option and put your name or whatever you call yourself, in the box. Thank you.

Though I moderate it's partly to keep trolls at bay but also partly so that I read every comment. I don't often respond to comments so if you need me to answer you please write me at my email addy posted on my "About Me" page, linked on the side bar.