Last week I posted what I called "a special Christmas" blog, but one reader inquired on face book why I thought it was a special blog post for Christmas. Here's my answer, and I consider it such an important Christmas reminder that I am keeping this week's post short to encourage readers to scroll down and read last week's post!
Christmas is a time when families often come together, young and old. Because my father had inherited the family home built by his grandmother and his father, our home was the family gathering place, and I have wonderful memories of aunts, uncles, and cousins filling our home for the holidays.
How I wish that my memory contained all the family history shared during those holiday gatherings! Last week's blog, which I hope you will scroll down to read if you missed it earlier, shares the importance of teaching young people their history--family and American. I am fortunate that my mother chose a genealogy book with blank spaces to fill in family history as a shower gift for me when my husband and I married, and because of her unusual gift, I asked questions in order to fill in the spaces in that book. (By the way, that was a wonderful gift for a young couple merging two families by their marriage.) Yet, I wish my memory still contained all the family stories shared over the many holiday gatherings of my youth.
I suspect the picture above was taken on Christmas day when I was the little girl on the left and my cousin Anne was the taller girl with the hooded jacket. The picture was taken in front of our farm house on an obviously cold day. Anne's doll might have been a Christmas gift. (The doll still had both shoes--and it seemed like doll shoes were often lost quickly.) I appear to be holding something small that I cannot identify, and my guess is that we were told to select a favorite Christmas gift and to go outside to pose together. Unfortunately, that is one of those family memories that I no longer remember.
I hope all of you are having a wonderful winter holiday season, reminiscing and creating new memories!