Thursday, December 17, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Christmas A Couple of Decades Ago

I'm at the point of Christmas preparations that leaves me with visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, along with visions of of still-unwritten Christmas letters, visions of the un-assembled Christmas presents to be distributed at the office party tomorrow, and visions of eight gallons of peppernuts still to bake.

I'm taking my mind off of those visions with this view of a Christmas that must have been ca. 1994. I carbon-date that by using the method of thinking " looks like the Boys are maybe 3, 5, 7 and 9?" We are at my parents' house and Boy#4 (who looks to be three years old) is opening his gift from Grandma and Grandpa.

I am struck by several things: Boy#1's excitement, and his spiffy Santa sweatshirt. Boys#2 and #3 and their haircuts, which we paid actual U.S. dollars to have happen. Husband's head, which is in view between Two and Three, and has significantly more hair than it does today. My sweater, which as of this moment I am officially retiring from Snow Day Sweater status because holy cow, here is proof that it is at least 20 years old. Also, the fact that I ever thought white tights were a good idea.

And I am struck, again, by how much I miss my mom. At this point she was just a little older than the age I am now, and still beautiful and laughing and energetic and the smartest person I knew. She wouldn't be any of these things by now, but what a lovely memory to have today.

It's a Christmas memory to calm the stress and remind me how very, very blessed I am.

Happy Thursday, everyone.


  1. I enjoyed this tremendously.

    We ALL thought white tights were a great idea. I swear it as an eye-witness.

  2. I love your reminiscences in this post and the previous one.

  3. Isn't that your dad looking on in the background! Everyone captured in one shot. Great memory pic! Some of my favorite pictures are of the pre-digital era. Back when one had to send their film away for a week. I kind of miss the anticipation of opening the envelope to see how the pictures turned out. Happy Holiday!

    1. Yes, that's Dad. He hasn't changed a bit!