|Me (Teresa) Age 5 December 1960|
I'm sure my Mom probably put up the tree as my Dad worked a lot of hours, maybe that is the reason for such a small, artificial tree. Every year we followed the same tradition; Christmas Eve we went to my maternal grandparent's house - Grandma and Grandpa Smith to open presents. Then on Christmas day after opening our presents at home we would drive out to the country to the old family farm in Bonnie, IL to my paternal grandparent's Grandma and Grandpa Wilson. There all my cousins would converge and we would spend a grand day opening presents, playing games and eating a big dinner.
I guess in a child's mind it's not the size of a tree or how it's decorated, but the promises of treasures to come and the memories it leaves behind.