I'm joining up with Amy of Love Made my Home again this week for Five on Friday!
I thought I'd share a few photos of my family's past Christmases from some old slides of my parents.
1. This is my mother's mother two days after Christmas 1957 ... my parents wedding day! I thought it fit in this 'five' since there is the Christmas tree to the right.
This is my mother that same day ... yes her wedding dress was a beautiful deep teal colour. And here she is beside the same Christmas tree, although the tree (and the whole room!) appears to have flipped over. These were taken in my grandmother's house on Princess St. in Dundas.
2. These were taken in our old house in Dundas on Central Park Ave. My mother with my two older sisters and Grandma. I like that we can see the brand new decorations on the tree ... all gone now of course. My sister still has the couch and chair. Two things I loved about this house were the hardwood floors, and all the interior doors were solid wood with glass door knobs.
|The first house I lived in ... Dundas|
|That's me dead centre|
4. Another Christmas, and now we are all here ... three girls and my younger brother who looks about two here, so this is probably 1966. Even Skipper our little daschund has joined the family.
|I'm on Mom's lap|
We were quite proud of that "Yule Log" man. A friend of the family made him. In this next photo is a piece of driftwood that looks like a deer's head. He sat for years over the fireplace in Dundas, and then in the front hall at our country home in Burlington. Now he is above my own front door. I also have the painting that is behind us. Why we are all standing on the mantle shelf I don't know. My dad told us to do something and we just did it. We're all wrapped up with cloths around our necks and cotton in our ears because we had the mumps that Christmas ... ugh. My dad built this extra living room on the back of our house himself. A few years ago I noticed a real estate ad for this house, and this back room was exactly the same! I'm glad it wasn't altered because it was quite a warm and cozy room.
5. Here we are again, although I think we may be back in 1965 now. I remember getting that little doll's crib and still have it! (That's me with the very happy grin.) A very useful piece which I kept my few stuffed animals in for many years (I wasn't much on dolls, although I did have one Barbie). My brother's bear was a gift from my British paternal grandparents. My sisters both got tiger pajama bags from my grandparents, and I got a poodle pajama bags. These stuffed toys had a zippered pocket in their tummies that you would tuck your pajamas into during the day. I loved my poodle, and still have him too.
|I can just see a bit of white that was my poodle in this photo. |
We also got these horrible feeling pajamas in "brushed nylon"
that snagged on rough hands and broken fingernails!
6. Bonus! This is me on Christmas Day about 1975. We had moved to north Burlington (Lowville) three years previous. That year I received a new pair of skates, the woolen hat, a vibrant blue and red scarf and my favourite coat was purchased that winter (although not for Christmas). I really loved skating, although I wasn't very good at it. My brother and I would spend many hours down in our field where there were little flooded areas that we would skate on. We also skated up and down our little creek beside the field. The only thing I didn't like about skating along there was that we would often get tripped up on little sticks frozen in the ice. Happy memories :)
Thanks for stopping by today!