Today's post in the Calendar of Christmas Memories is the author's choice.
I've missed a few days of posting in this series so I'd like to go back a visit those (and possibly re-visit others).
On Dec 1 we were tasked with writing about the Christmas Tree. While I don't recall my grandparents trees directly, I have found several photos of my paternal grandmother's (Edna Keener) home during Christmas and the tree was different in every one, so obviously real. In my home growing up we had a fake tree from the time I was very young. Now I have to talk about the tinsel - we "hung" the tinsel - using a few strands on every branch. Yes, it was a very tedious process, but the tree was not covered with it and it was beautiful. So I ask, is tinsel meant to be tossed "at" or carefully placed so it hangs gently on the branches, appearing to be ice?
While we're on the subject of Grandma.. why did she hang paper bells around? The large one in this photo appears to be more of a wedding decoration.
Obviously Grandma was pretty popular - receiving MANY Christmas cards which she hung all around the fireplace (top photo) and even on the windows (photo above).
I have traditionally had only one tree in my home, my parents only had one tree in their home. My sister-in-law had 4 trees in her home last year - each a different theme, in different areas of the house and some even a different color (one was white for instance). This year, since my 'little' children are a bit bigger and much better about fiddling around with the Christmas tree, I decided that I wanted to put another in my home's foyer with some other decorations. Not having the budget to purchase a 10' narrow tree, I opted to buy a 5' and decorate it with simple red and gold, much like the decorations I have on my mantle. This added a bit more holiday to that area of the house whereas most is in the family room and kitchen area.
One day this week we wrote about ornaments. Today while reading blog posts of other writers I came across many stories of Christmases past and I also thought of some old friends, which brought to mind an ornament that I received from a co-worker and his wife many years ago. Ornaments are odd things in the way they make you recall - for some reason, you really never forget that person, even if you don't see them for 15 years. So to Sheri and Anthony - while you many not have realized it at the time, you were an inspiration to me back then in the way that you lived your lives, and even now when I read your blog. Thanks for sharing with me and being the people you are! Have a Blessed Holiday!
CAN YOU HELP ME FIND THEM? This blogger is searching for a couple of specific people, maybe you can help me find them:
A cousin, her maiden name was Brenda Anderson. Brenda was born in 1960 in Maryland. She is the daughter of Russell Keener Anderson and Peggy.
My Uncle (or any descendants of) Hugh Bellew. Last heard from sometime in late 1950s, believe to be in the Chicago area at that time. Born in 1916 in Preston, Lancashire England. Came to the US, grew up in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Hugh's parents were John and Margaret Bellew and he had two brothers in the US, Al and William.
If you have information about either of these family members please get in touch with me!
I'm a wife & stay-at-home mom to 5 beautiful kids! I've been researching families for about 17 years and teach small local adult-education classes for beginners. I love the hunt for ancestors - mine and everyone else's.