December 20, 2014

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Outdoor Decorations

Wilkerson house 2010


Outdoor Decorations

This is it, the Wilkerson house with outdoor decorations for 2010. Of all the places we have lived in the last 40 years, this house is the only one I remember where we’ve put up lights outside. We really go all out if the grandkids are visiting, but in the spirit of “keeping Christmas in our hearts” we try to do something cheery for our neighborhood too.

When it gets closer to Christmas we get in the car in the evening and cruise around the neighborhoods near us looking at all their decorations. Some people really go all out with massive lights, animated figures and some combine it with a food drive for their street.

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

You might also like to read:

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Holiday Foods

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Christmas Cards

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Christmas Cards

Davis card outside

The Davis Christmas Card

This is a Christmas card my dad received when he was in New Calendonia during World War II with CASU7. The sender was his best friend and brother-in-law’s mother Esther Levy Davis.  Her son James E Davis was in the Marines and as she said, “in the South Sea Islands”.

This card must have meant a great deal to my dad since he kept it, brought it home and Mom and Dad saved it for posterity.  I’m so glad they did.  It’s sad to me that I never got to meet Essie Davis, but when I was of grade school age I do remember going to Coleman and Louise Davis’ house. Louise was Coleman’s second wife, and as I remember, a great gal. Read her note to my husband and you can see what a loving lady she was.

 

Lovingly Yours

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

You might also like to read:

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Holiday Foods

 

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Christmas Tree Ornaments

1971 Dec - Dave, Eric and Kathy2

 

Christmas 1971 – Dennis Street

I was in Germany when this picture of my brother Dave, son Eric and his wife Kathy was taken.  In fact, I was just days away from giving birth to Greg, depending on the day the camera clicked.  The back of the photo just says December 1971, and Greg was born December 27, 1971.

This picture was taken at my parents house in Tumwater on Dennis Street, and behind everyone in the picture was one of our little backyard harvested trees.  I’m not sure which one of us, my brother or I, got the angel that sits atop this tree. My parents have both passed away and as in many families the keepsakes were divided.

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

You might also like to read:

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Holiday Foods

 

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Food

Yates and Wilkerson families Nov 1973p

I realize that this isn’t exactly a Christmas photo, but it does show the house and room I remember best when it comes to Christmas.  Too bad no one thought to close the blinds so the flash didn’t look like the mother ship was landing in Grandma and Grandpa’s back yard!

That’s our son Greg sitting on his great grandpa Will Yates’ lap, with his cousin Eric Yates standing beside them.  You will probably deduce correctly that two different people took the pictures.  Dad took the one on the left, and Dave took the one on the right.

We were probably through with supper, and Grandma (with her apron still on) was finally sitting down to rest for a few minutes.  My brother Dave and I were having pumpkin pie, and if you look closely in the picture to the right you will see me being rude silly. The pictures would look pretty American Gothic-ish if it wasn’t for me and the mouth wide open and full of whipped cream. :D

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

You might also like to read:

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

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