Sharing Our Christmas Past – and A Very Merry Christmas to YOU

The gift of Jesus to us is his love for us even unto death by taking our place on the cross. On a Christmas card recently I read these worlds – He came to pay a debt he did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. 


Christmas 1981 – daughter Michelle, son Henry (called Reedy), husband Mike, and me. It was my first year with the newspaper and I was doing family Christmas portraits with all the newspaper staff and their families. I took all the other pictures. Can’t recall who took ours. Somebody also gave me a really bad hair cut. 


Christmas 1987 (or thereabouts). The little boy pictured in the family picture above now plays football for the nation’s number 1 high school located in South Carolina. And I’m already having to dye my hair. Gray started early for me.


This was about 1991. How come Christmases are always bad hair times?


Christmas 1991 – Son Reedy. My how they grow up, don’t they? These are Reedy’s football playing years.


Christmas 2000. We now live in Alabama. (L-R) the back of sister Katie’s blonde head; my daughter Michelle, her husband Dickie, my mother, and my beautiful granddaughter Kayla. All fighting over stockinged goodies. (Good naturedly, of course).



>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Our newest family addition came in 2001 and is the prettiest package under our tree. Her name is Montana.

The next picture is Miss Montana again a few years later. Too big to go under the tree, but not to sit on Santa’s knee and give him her Christmas list.


Top.BMP>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Once I get into the frenzy of Christmas wrapping all floor space is taken, and eventually a search party has to be sent to dig me out from under the pretty paper and ribbons of blue. I love wrapping beautiful packages, and it just seems so destructive to tear it all apart. So I’ve saved a few photos that we can all enjoy just looking at.

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This is a floral piece I made of wash cloths, put into a flower-pot, stuffed with tissue paper leaves and wrapped in that glittery mesh stuff. Sister Katie loved it

Next is brother Paul, with his fishing is everything. Fish love Paul so much thy fight to get on his line.

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Well, that’s Christmas past. Hope you’ve enjoyed the journey. And remember the greatest gift of all – Jesus – God’s gift to the world. It was such a wonderful gift, that the angels announced his birth, declaring peace, and good will toward men, through him.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)



3 thoughts on “Sharing Our Christmas Past – and A Very Merry Christmas to YOU

  1. WOW! Mike even had hair. You could be like him and have little to no hair. Seriously, you are too hard on yourself. Your hair looks okay and you brought back a lot of memories for me. A beautiful journey and it has been one that even though rocky at times always had our love for all of you. You and Mike know our wishes for you for the coming year. Love to you all. Julia & Walt


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