A very long time ago. Christmas 1974 to be exact…Trica was little…just two years and eight months old. (This was BJ…Before Jennifer) We lived in what Trica called “The Bricksidewall” poor kid didn’t quite know where home was…we had lived in Colorado and then Florida and finally Minnesota. When we would say “Let’s go home.” She would ask…”Which home…the bricksidewall?” Probably because she didn’t want to spend hours upon hours in a vehicle. (The apartment building was made of brick hence the bricksidewall.)
That December Far Guy was working from 4 PM to 1 AM sometimes later at Steiger Tractor. I tried to keep Trica awake late into the night so she would sleep in the morning.
We didn’t have very many ornaments on our tree, so I bought some wooden cutouts and painted them in the evenings. Of course Trica was not allowed paints…but she did get ahold of some color crayons.
Trica’s artwork on the Santa 1974
Somehow two other ornaments painted that year make it onto the tree every year.
The Angel always makes it near the top of the tree.
And this puppy in a stocking…looked nothing like the Black Scottie Mix Mutt named Snuffer that we had at the time. Years later we would have two litters of Sheltie puppies that looked just like the one in the stocking…out of eight puppies we only kept one ( I gifted it to my husband) and I gifted another to my parents…but their dog came back to live with us after a year or two.
The other wood ornaments in this set just never seem to make it on the tree…there is a snowman, a bell, some holly, a king, a toy soldier and a deer among others…but they are at the bottom of the ornament box. Seems like by the time I get to the bottom of the box the tree is full.
I haven’t started decorating yet. No decorations have been unearthed, just old memories.
Please share what your favorite ornament is in a comment on this blog to be entered in this years Christmas Ornament Giveaway. I have at least two hand carved painted ornaments to send out. What they are will be revealed in time. If you are shy and don’t want to leave a comment you can send me an email which is found in my profile. Remember to tell me about your favorite ornament! I will pick the winners on Friday night December 4 at 9 PM my time.