Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas 1954

Before my parents bought their first house on Reiners Road in Little Falls, New Jersey, they lived in an apartment in Clifton. The apartment was on the 2nd floor of a house at 75 Gourley Avenue, and I think my father had been living there for several years prior to his marriage to my mom in 1952.

This is my brother in the photo and he was around 11 months old here. It was his first Christmas. By the next Christmas, my parents had moved into the Reiners Road house.

I recognize many of the ornaments on that tree - they were ones that we had throughout my childhood. And when we split up my parents' possessions after they died, I ended up with some of those ornaments. They are hanging on my tree now and I treasure them and the memories of many Christmases past.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  1. Aww... what a great memory. So glad you have some of the ornaments. I took some ornaments off the tree my mother was so happy to put up for Christmas, only to not live to see Christmas. I gave those ornaments to my children as a way to connect them to Grandma Penny. They loved it! Having family ornaments is a treasure you get to use year after year.

  2. Thanks Devon for your comment. And I'm sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I'm so glad you were able to pass on her ornaments to her grandchildren. As we decorated the tree this year, I showed the kids the ornaments that were my parents'. I know I love using them year after year and I hope my children will feel the same when they decorate their own trees in the future.


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