Friday, December 12, 2008

Ghost of Christmas Past

My cousin Rudy and I around 1962 or 63 in Germany. Obviously, we were not quite ready to jump into the photo frenzy that ensues on Christmas morn! Please, please can we open our gifts?
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum...looking happier! We lived in a very small apartment in Hohenfels, Germany hence the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Childhood times spent in Germany with relatives was the best part of my childhood! I felt very loved and a part of a larger albeit small community. As a child, I always felt a little bit odd living in the United States...even as a U.S. citizen and an adult I often long for a return to that simpler time in Germany. I love my life with my family and have spent my entire adult life living in South Carolina. Life is Good! Sometimes that longing just creeps in...so I look at old photos, we call my aunt overseas and eat lebkuchen! Frohe Weinachten Ya'll

P.S. As I was looking at this photo I noticed a child sized ironing board...my mother ironed my dad's boxers, t shirts and handkerchiefs and I guess she was trying to get me off to the right start...PLEASE...I try not to buy something if it requires more than a good shake out of the dryer!!!

15 comments:

scchesleys said...

Okay, is it just me or does Anna favor you when you were a kid? You look quite surprised in that first pic. I love old pictures.

Rosezilla said...

Awww, this is sweet. Brings back memories, too. That tree looks just like ours, and the Christmas cards taped to the wall! My maternal grandparents were German. I've never been to Germany, but my mom has, and my youngest son insisted on studying German in school. You look so adorable!

Rosezilla said...

P.s. Like our tree USED to, when I was a kid!

Michelle said...

Weird I do see ANNA so does everyone around me!

Michelle said...

Oh and Happy Christmas to you too!

Michelle said...

see I did learn something......(wir haben bier getruken) I cant spell

Connie said...

Yes, Anna favors me greatly!
Tracy, believe it or not I understood exactly what you meant
Hey Meech, Kevin was like oh my goodness Anna looks just like you!

Yolanda said...

I loved these old pictures and memories. I am so glad to have found you blog and I hope to return.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Such sweet photos.

I'm not an ironer either. Shudder.

Rosezilla said...

I don't really know why I added that anyway, to tell you the truth, because I always say our tree looks like a kindergarten project! We pretty much use ornaments and homemade things forever; it's like a mini-history of our family hanging on the tree. And i love it!

LuLu Belle said...

I love all your childhood photos - they are precious!! Yes, Anna looks like her Noni!!!

curlywurlygurly said...

okay, could you possibly be cuter? i think NOT. you're like a little dolly! love the holiday pics...i have to dig some out when i visit the parentals tomorrow.

pippasporch said...

Adorable!

I was in Germany for Christmas two years ago, and I miss the friendliness and warmness of the people, the overflowing richness of tradition which we don't have here.

Fröhliche Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch! =)

thedailydish said...

Your granddaughter looks JUST like you!! Loved the pix. You & your family are just so beautiful.

Stephanie of Stopbouncing said...

Ah, for the simpler christmases... maybe that's the reason for the funk.