Since 1972 I have celebrated Christmas with a tree in this room. The room has changed slightly over the years with a hardwood floor we put in, a bay window, new ceiling, and narrowing of the entrance, but the structure is the same. I could not imagine a Christmas without this room.
This was in the early 1980’s with my siblings. My dad always handed out the gifts while my mother directed him who it belonged to.
Our trees have always been decorated with many handmade ornaments. As kids we painted wooden ornaments or made pasta ornaments in school to hang on our trees. My children have carried on that tradition and most of the decorations on our tree are made by them and some from our friends and family.
This picture was from 1990 after my sister married and I had moved out. That is my niece enjoying the tradition of my dad playing guitar with my mom singing Christmas carols in front of the tree. This is how we celebrated Christmas every year until adulthood.
This room has a special place in my memory and I love that my children will have the memory of their childhood in this room with their special trees.
And the aftermath of opening their gifts just as I did
And at night when all is calm and everyone is asleep, I get to enjoy our beautiful tree with the simple ornaments in the special room filled with memories.