Monday, December 2, 2013

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Cards - 2013

Christmas = Cousins!

Holidays were never complete without our cousins!  This photo came from a Christmas card c 1960. It shows our cousins, Roy, Aileen & Everett. Our fathers were brothers, Delbert K. & Leo D. Brown, and we spent Easter, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas & many days in between together.

I remember the fireplace in the photo. It was made of heavy cardboard with red bricks printed on it but I thought it was wonderful and wished we had one at our house.

On Christmas we alternated houses with one family hosting and one family traveling. Both our moms helped with the cooking and baking. They spent most of the day in the kitchen. Our dads sat and nibbled on snacks and talked. We children shared our new toys, played games, bickered with each other and generally got under everyone’s feet. We were just too excited and happy to sit still.

We are all adults now with families of our own but we still see our cousins for weddings, BBQs, and holidays. Now we have Christmas dinner with our own families and gather for dessert. We cousins are still happy to see & spend time with each other and I think we always will.

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Wendy said...

Isn't it funny how a cardboard fireplace can seem like the coolest thing yet? It's good that your family has remained close. Too often cousins just drift in their own directions.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

I am very fortunate to have a close family!