Vintage Christmas Photos – and Toys!

Christmas was always a big celebration at our house when I was growing up, and it still is today.  My sister and I were born in 1956 and 1958 respectively and our 2 brothers came along in the early 60’s.  From the beginning, it seemed as if Christmas wasn’t a success for our parents unless the floor was full of wrapping paper and toys Christmas morning. (My mother made our matching dresses.)

Funny how these photos show lots of toys, but I don’t really remember specific items.  I  just remember how much fun it was.  We were very involved in our church and the Christmas season always included lots of activities at church and school – plays, choirs and parties.  The Christmas Eve candlelight service was a special night, especially once you were old enough that it was considered safe for you to hold your own candle – I remember more than one incidence of scorched hair!

We lived in the middle of 100 acres of farm and forest.  One of our favorite activities was cutting our own Christmas tree every year.  Dad would fire up the tractor and we would ride into the woods to find the perfect tree – our tree was decorated with a combination of  homemade and store bought ornaments. (Mom made these matching nightgowns, too!)

Christmas day we were up at the crack of dawn to see what Santa brought.  Our stockings were always full too with candy and small toys.

Sometimes we got “joint” gifts.  One I remember was a perfume kit where you mixed your own scent from several little bottles of different scents – we probably made a mess with that one!

I don’t know how my parents did it – my father was a teacher and my mother a stay-at-home mom.  We had a garden, some cows and pigs, and chickens so we grew some of our own food.  Every year they managed to make Christmas special for all of us.

When my brothers came along Christmas just got bigger.

When some of the chaos died down, Mom would make a quick breakfast and we would try to get some of the paper out of the way, just in time for Grandma and Grandpa to show up and start the whole thing over again.

Later we would have a nice Christmas dinner, including lots of homemade and delicious Christmas cookies!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these old photos and my trip down memory lane.  Thanks, Mom and Dad, for all the great memories!


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5 Responses to Vintage Christmas Photos – and Toys!

  1. These are really great!!!

  2. Jenny says:

    Very Excellent!!!!!!!

  3. karenstuebing says:

    This is what Christmas is all about. The kids. Even the grown up ones. 🙂 Wonderful photos and we can see that film and digital will never be the same. Film just looks so unique. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Of all the neat things in these photos the one item that kept catching my eye was the TV. Probably because I’m a techno-geek, but it is just amazing to recall what the TV once was compared to today. Then it was something that rested in a corner…today it dominates the living room. Great photos and I’m sure warm memories for you and your family. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Theda says:

    Thanks so much for a lovely and heartwarming post!
    What a special family you have
    It reminded me of my own childhood Christmases, and bough back many a warm memory.

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