Final Christmas beauty of the day.
Our ornament commemorating our first Christmas together.
It was 1977, and we were newly married just 25 days earlier. We were living in Silver Spring, MD, just a few short miles from my parents. Mom was weak, having had a heart attack in August on the day Elvis Presley died. Not because he died; it just coincided. Mom would only live seven more years.
As Kerry and I opened our gifts to each other, we also found a special one addressed to us from sister-in-law Susan Miller Whiting, all the way from California! It was of two cardinals, with the flip side saying "Our First Christmas, 1977".
This is another one of those keepsake ornaments that has hung on our tree for forty years. There are some things we'll just never get rid of or get tired of, and this is one of those things from "our" early years.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the Christmas treasures that have been so memorable to us. Even my own children have commented on several of them as they recall the memories behind them.