Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories, Day 1: The Christmas Tree

 Every year as long as I could remember, my Mother and my two sisters, would drive to the local tree lot and pick out a Christmas tree. Some years they were flocked, some years they were natural.

Once at home, we would start the fire in the fireplace and turn on
Nat King Cole and Rhythm and Blues Christmas (Amazon Associate link). Then we would search high and low for our boxes of decorations to place on the tree. Every year my mother would have different color schemes and unique uses for our decorations.

When my mother passed away in 2001, her many boxes of decorations were divided up among my sisters. I didn't want  any at the time and now with the birth of my daughter, I wished I had kept some to pass on to her.

I don't remember how my grandparents celebrated Christmas. I do remember going to my Dad's family dinner one year, but mostly I think this was one of my Mother's favorite holidays. I have many photos of Christmas as a child somewhere, but for now, here is a picture of me in Hollywood, California at Christmas time.


  1. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  2. Welcome to the Genea Bloggers community. Sorry I am so slow. I only read it today. I hope to be a better reader next year. I like to read your blogs and others, but things kept distracting me. Prompts and posting, family holidays, etc. lol.
    Your picture is so pretty. Perfect christmas card material.
    See you later. jo at Genealogy of Oldendorf und Nahrendorf.