Merry Christmas Vintage 60's Style!
This is the Little House on the Dairy at 2305 North Recker Road, Mesa, Arizona. No family was ever more snug or happy that we were on Christmas Eve 1967. Here is a little glimpse at "Christmas past" in the Ellsworth house.
First you will note that Mom did not have this roll of film developed right away! Glad I am not the only forgetful one in this family!
My eye then travels to the tree. It was Dad's favorite, a scotch pine cut down near Payson or Pine somewhere. He always put the tree in a bucket of dirt and kept it watered well. Mo would wrap an old white sheet around the bucket. Nothing fancy! Then there was duh DUH DUHN...the tinsel!! Oh! Such agonies went into putting tinsel on a tree! Mom would stand over us eager children and say repeatedly, "ONE at a time. ONE AT A TIME!" It had to look light and airy not thrown on in waded up clumps as we kids tended to do! I suspect she always fixed it after we had gone to bed!
I see my brand-new shiny Primary nativity scene on top of the old Philips TV (our very first COLOR TV set!). I see the Santa face I made in the 3rd grade out of a coat hanger and an old nylon stocking stretched over it. I see an Tonka truck and a car carrier trailer that I am sure contained NO plastic parts! I see a talking doll and a very large gift box that held an Easy-bake Oven for little Gena.
Our next photo shows my two nephews, Edwin and Norman enjoying some of their gifts. Their father was serving in the Navy of the coast of Viet Nam I think, so Sharon and her children were with us for Christmas.
Oddly, the first thing I noticed was the set on Encyclopedias and the giant, red, two volume Dictionary set behind the boys. That's what we had before computer hard drives and the internet, kids! Oh! Look at the roow of big light bulbs on top of the books! That was a light bar that you had to use with the old home movie cameras. That's why we all look like we are looking into the sun in those movies! We were!
Ahh...Christmas fun! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas yourselves! Remember the reason we celebrate. That little babe in Bethlehem and His greatest gift of all!