Joining in on Sian's Christmas Club! I'm taking you back in time... December 1972... some of you are probably way too young to even appreciate this...
I was eleven years old at the time. In the first photo, you just gotta love the orange and navy plaid pants, gold turtleneck, and rust color suede vest! And the ratty old lounge chair with holes worn in the armrests.
I had my ears pierced at 10, so one gift was a pair of earrings.
In the second photo, I was helping my 18 month old brother Donny open his gifts. That thing on the floor that looks like a mop? Our English Sheepdog - Lollipop.
Love the third photo. Me, Deanna, and Jerry, eagerly waiting for my Mom to pass out gifts. And her outfit is so "Partridge Family" (Shirley Jones) - it cracks me up! And what self-respecting living room in the 70's didn't have at least one wall with dark panelling?
And how many of you are still hanging on to one of those lovely box televisions???
What amazes me about these photos is how I can see what appears to be such a happy family enjoying a traditional Christmas at a time when what I remember most in my mind is how much turmoil and crisis this family was in. For now, I'm letting go of those less-than-wonderful memories on focusing on the idea that even then, among some of the darkest of days, we had happy times. Merry Christmas!