Lens-Artists #75: Nostalgic

This week, Tina has challenged us focus on something that reminds us fondly of days gone by.

For me, the most nostalgic time of year is the Christmas season. Almost every Christmas decoration and ornament, inside the house and out, has a happy memory associated with it.

When our first grandchild was born 16 years ago right after Thanksgiving, our lives changed forever for the better. I’ll never forget getting our house ready for his first Christmas at our house when he was about three years old. He loved looking out the living room window at the lighted Christmas train we had put up on the arbor in our back yard. Just seeing the photos bring a huge smile on my face as I think of him at that age.

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Christmas train

Our Christmas tree is filled with handmade ornaments, ornaments picked up on our travels, and special ornaments from special occasions. I managed to capture three of my favorites in the next photo. The one in the middle belonged to my mother-in-law. I wish I knew how old it was. The paper star Santa in the upper left of the picture was made my one of my children over 40 years ago. The one on the bottom right is a wreath with faces of me, my husband, our son and daughter.

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Three of my favorite ornaments

My husband Henry and I celebrated our first Christmas together 49 years ago. We had little money and couldn’t afford to buy many ornaments so I made some. I remember needle pointing three bell shaped ornaments for the tree. I still hang them on the tree today.

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I made this ornament 49 years ago for our first Christmas tree

I also hand painted a box of wooden ornaments that first year. Santa Claus is my favorite.This year he is on the tree next to the two Star Santas made by our children.

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Two Santa stars made by our children over 40 years ago and a 49 year old hand painted wooden Santa ornament

Yesterday we put up our tree. I had fun all day remembering the story of each ornament.

Many thanks to Tina for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Nostalgic

 

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