My lovely relative Anna posted some childhood photos today, which inspired me to give you...gems from Kathy's Childhood Christmases!
The gal on the left is my mother (age 20), and on the far right is her sister-in-law, my Aunt Pat. My paternal grandmother, Grandma Jenkins, is in the middle.
What a cheery trio!
The baby on the left is me (age 18 months), and the toddler on the right is my cousin Marilyn, age 2.
Whew! That dizzy-making braided rug was all the rage in the early 50s.
Ride 'em, cowgirl! Here's me on Christmas morning in 1957, age 3 1/2.
Maybe it's a stretch, but don't you think I look just a little bit like my granddaughter, Olivia?
Check out those stylin' boots!
And the classy fit on the droopy-drawer jammies!
My mom is in the background, ignoring her darling daughter. Looks like she's ready to rip into another gift.
Check out the old-style carpet with the floral pattern. My family lived in an older home at the time...that carpet was pretty "old fashioned" for 1957. Wish I could have it in my house now!
I know many of you appreciate fine family photos for your Christmas cards. Here's a photo my parents took of my brother and me in 1957. (Still age 3 1/2 - same year as the cowgirl photo above.)
This is a darling photo, but it's made me mad for years. Who looks taller? My angelic little 2-year-old brother, Maury, of course. He's really shorter than me, but I'm cuddling the bear on my lap (note the bear's silk skirt). I'm not sure why I have the bear and Maury has the girl doll.
Check out Maury's shoelace shoes! No, velcro had not been invented yet. Can you imagine how many hours my mother spent tying shoes?
Ahhh...here's a classic! My gentle maternal grandmother, Nana Holman, made matching Christmas pajamas for the cousins!
The photo was taken Christmas 1958, when I was four years old, at my cousins' house in Alameda.
L to R: My cousins Mike (age 3), Karen (age 4), me (age 4), and my brother Maury (age 3).
No, Karen and I are not little devils. Those were kangaroo pajamas, thank you very much. They had a pouch in the front with a baby stuffed kangaroo inside. Mike and Maury had bunny rabbit jammies with a stuffed carrot attached. You can see the carrot on Mike's left chest. I don't remember how the carrots attached.
More about the bunny and kangaroo hats in a minute.
Actually, both of these pajama designs make me think of Max in Where the Wild Things Are.
Here's the inside of the card. I think my parents chose this one because the cover illustration (kind of) matched the photo they were using. Get it?
My dad loved Jeeps. As in, old school Jeeps, not the SUV-Jeeps you see nowadays. No, we were hard core. We didn't bother with roofs, doors, seat belts, or even seats in the back.
Have adventure, will travel! Most of the time, the Jeeps kind of drove my mother a little crazy. But she's putting on a good smile for the Christmas card this year. She really is a good sport about a lot of things. Because she was (and is) nutso in love with my dad. He can aggravate her and charm her all in the same breath. And he wouldn't last more than about eight minutes without her. The greatest love story I know!
Mind you, I am wearing it perfectly nonchalantly, with my 9-year-old friends, as if sitting around and practicing the French horn in a kangaroo hat is a completely normal thing for a 9-year-old to do. I guess my head didn't grow much.
Don't you love the perky kangaroo ears? Don't you love these long braids? These were my two best friends in 4th grade. They were probably my only friends in 4th grade. I was kind of a loner. Kim Henzgen and Cindy Robertson. The 3 of us were practicing a trio to play at a school band concert.
And now, dear blog friends, it is getting late, so I leave you with this inspired image of my sweet little brother...who will always be my little brother, no matter how many birthdays he has! ...and wish you all sweet dreams, too.