Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

This is my grandfather Wilbert and his sister Olga in front of the Christmas tree around 1914~
My great-grandfather would pull the wooden parlor doors and decorate the tree on Christmas Eve. We have two copies of this photo, one with the candles lit on the tree and one without. The quality of this one was better.. but I love the one with the candles lit.

The note on the back of the photo says that Grandpa and Olga ate all the legs off the gingerbread men on the tree. No wonder he is smiling! If they were only still around to ask them about it...

Wishing you a Christmas full of magic, merriment, and a bit of gingerbread too!
Merry Christmas!

10 comments:

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas.
(and don't eat all the the legs)
God Jul.
Big hug from
camilla

Earth Mama said...

I LOVE old photos. I wish I had some of my grandparents and great grandparents. Merry Christmas, Beegirl!

:)Lisa

dmoms said...

my mom told me that her parents always put their tree up once the kids went to sleep. This is the second time today I have read about candles on the tree. Sorry, but isn't that a HUGE fire hazard? j/k but really I wouldn't dream of it now.

Merry Christmas to You : )

Kelly said...

What a great photo, funny to think about candles on trees isn't it?!? My Grandmother and Great Grandmother were Olga's (opposite sides of the family), it is one name I never plan on carrying on, loll!

I love the bit about eating the legs off the gingerbread men, they look so happy in the photo. Thanks for sharing your family's memories, and most of all, Merry Christmas!!

Amy Blogs @ River Rock Cottage said...

What a wonderful photo! And how great that you know some of the story behind it.

Merry Christmas!!

Nancy said...

I agree w/D. ~ candles definitely seem like a fire hazard but if you cut the tree fresh on Christmas Eve, you wouldn't have to worry about it being dried out on Christmas morning. Maybe candles as decorations explain why they didn't put the trees up until late in the season.

Hope yours was a merry one.

RunninL8 said...

What a fabulous photo! Makes me want to dig up the old photos the next time I visit my mother! Happy holidays to you!

Jessica said...

That picture is such a treasure! I hope your holiday was terrific!

farmama said...

That photograph is super! What a treasure!! And what a funny note on the back of it!
I'm wishing you well in these last days of the year Leigh!
love,
Sara

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

Happy New Year Leigh. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed 2010.I also hope you get the joy of filling up your book more with satmps from your travels.
I'll be waiting for you by the lake this summmer...like we talked about.
love from
Camilla