Bob put up the tree the day after Thanksgiving. We love looking at the old, tired ornaments--like the one our daughter's first grade teacher made (can teachers do that today?) and the little wood guitar I bought for our son, the cute wood ornaments purchased from a disabled woman (Jodi) at the UA Labor Day art show in the 1970s, and the various mementoes from our travels. We probably bought this tree in 1993 or 1994 at our daughter's urging--and have certainly gotten our money's worth. I suggested we go to a small table size tree like my parents did in their later years, but he said an emphatic NO.
When we moved to Columbus in 1967, I remember I went to the hardware store in the little Tremont shopping center behind our apartment complex and bought a package of gold painted angels which we used for years. They are still in the box of decorations, but we haven’t put them on for a few years—the tree is a bit crowded. We also have some table decorations we can hang from our years in the FCC Couples Circle 50 now about 48 years old. Of that couples group, I think Bob is the only man still living. We have some little cloth birds made by my mother into which she tucked money for the children. The tree scarf was made by my sister I think for Christmas 1976, and we use it every year.
Same tree, 2010.
Same tree, 2012, with our niece and nephew, Julie and Joe from Indianapolis.
Same tree 2006, different glasses.
Same tree, 2000, with Dad, his first Christmas without Mom since 1934. He made the “grand tour” and visited his children in three cities.