Once again, allow me to emphasize, this photo (above) is not mine. I was looking for 1950's Christmas photos when I came across this.
It reminded me how much my Mom loved Christmas, and how one year she bought two of those plastic light-up soldiers to put on the front lawn, and then built a whole candy castle out of cardboard, making styrofoam lollipops to add to the scene. She painted the castle pink, made glitter cones for the finials and painted red swirls on the lollypops. I think it was from 'The March of the Soldiers' from 'Swan Lake?' Anyways, she had us all help her set it up with a light stuck in the lawn to light it up.
And then it rained, and her wonderful display melted! I wish I had photos of it.
But Mom loved every holiday, Christmas her favorite. Yes, finally, these next two photos are mine!!
Clearly I suck at taking photos of photos lol, but here she is in 1955 with her beloved Spanial Tuck.
And about the same time, here she is at Calvert Beach, Maryland (?) where she met my Dad, at a vegetarian camp, of all places. Neither were vegetarians.
At any rate, no matter what the circumstances, she would decorate for every holiday, even if it was a few paper cut-outs and a few small flags, for Fourth of July, for example.
Christmas was her favorite, and I hope to have her beloved Christmas things displayed next year (fingers crossed I have the rooms in shape by then).
So I suppose this is a bit of an indulgent post, but I miss her terribly, and Christmas just isn't the same without her. But she did leave me with some wonderful memories.
Hug your own loved one's for me this season and be sure to appreciate them as much as possible. Remember, it's not the gifts under the tree, but the gifts of family and love that matter.