This photo is from Christmas 1970. I would have been 9, Tonita, 8, Alan, 6, Arlan, 5, and Randy, 4. This was taken on Christmas Eve after church. See how sleepy Randy looks? I remember I had a hard time getting to sleep that night, and heard "Santa" putting our gift under the tree. I was so excited I was sick!
I love looking at the tree with all of our handmade ornaments from school. I don't have any of those, but I do have all the old glass balls. Mom was pretty serious about applying the tinsel, too. She always wanted us to help, but wanted us to do it one strand at a time. We always started that way, but soon tired of the tedium...
The plaques on the wall behind the tree were painted by Mom in her ceramics class. I don't know where they are now - I don't remember having them when she passed away, but I had her sisters come in and take things they wanted, and those may have been among those things. I think they had flowers in the center. I don't know whose handprints are on the other wall, but I'll guess they were Randy's from preschool.
That wallpaper was supposed to look like wood panelling. I remember when Mom put that up. Didn't Phyllis help? Or maybe Jane, our neighbor. Anyway, Mom was always decorating, making our house a cozy home. That room had real wood floors that Mom would strip and wax every now and then. They covered those floors with carpet when they remodeled a few years later.
Tomorrow I'll show you what "Santa" brought us that year. It was probably the best gift we ever got. :o)