This is a picture of me and my beautiful Grandmother on my first Christmas and I think I'm looking pretty happy with everything. I seem to be thoroughly dressed up for the occasion with my little red dress and white tights & I've always had those chubby cheeks! This looks like it was a good day, I get a lot of happy vibes from looking at this photograph and I like that. It's one of my most treasured photographs.
Here I am on my third Chrismas looking thoroughly stylish in my tartan skirt, frilly jumper and incredibly fetching paper hat whilst clutching my favourite doll. I used to love changing her outfits and she was one of those that did a wee when you made her drink water, yep, that was a thing. I insisted she went everywhere with me for years and I think I still have her somewhere tucked safely away in a box. She was always too sentimental for me to part with.
Each year there's a photograph with me & the gifts I received that year and I look at them now and think how spoiled I was! Don't get me wrong, I was never Dudley Dursely-esque counting them out and demanding there be more than last year, although I do think being an only child has something to do with it. I remember feeling really grateful each Christmas and always insisted on writing and posting thank you cards on Christmas afternoon, but I'm not sure I completely appreciated then just how lucky I was. It's something I feel now & partly why I like to always do that little bit extra for my Mama whenever I can, whether that's doing the weekly shop, making her a cup of tea or treating her to something she would really like but would never buy for herself. 1994 looks like it was the year of Polly Pocket, Barbie & giant penguins for five year old me. I loved that heart shaped Polly Pocket house & I spent hours playing with it. I also loved the incredibly over the top Barbie car and horse box! Side note, check out the retro television set and those fabulous arm covers on the red velvet sofas - hello early 90's!
Finally on my little trip down a Christmas filled memory lane I unearthed a picture that makes me laugh every time I look at it. This is me, with a look of pure, incredibly serious, concentration at my Primary School Christingle service. Said face of concentration is because that's a real candle, I was only 4 and moments before we had all been told to be very careful or we may set ourselves or someone else alight. Needless to say I was terrified, but thankfully we all left in once piece with not a singed hair in sight! To this day I still remember the relief when it was taken out of my hands. I wonder if they still use real candles in schools or if they have to be battery operated?
Looking through old photographs is one of my favourite things to do every so often and now I'm thoroughly in the festive spirit even though it might be a little too early to be so excited. Mark and I are going to visit a few garden centres this weekend because their Christmas shops are open and I love looking around them so much. It's one of our little yearly traditions and it's one I hope we continue for many years to come.
As well as being a little look back into my childhood, this post is also my entry to the DotComGiftShop Christmas themed competition they're running (I think to enter all you have to do is write about something to do with Christmas & email it over to them) so even though this isn't a requirement, I thought I'd share a few of the decorations I think I'm going to purchase this year. Mark & I are adding a few new decorations to our tree each year, this will be our third Christmas in our home and I'm looking forward to seeing our tree look a little less bare this year!
Do you like looking through old pictures?
Are you a lover of Christmas?