I don't remember my very early Christmas celebrations, but judging by the photos I would have been 9 months old. Uncle Will made a great Santa, even if I wasn't quite so sure about him. It seems that for this particular Christmas Day we were at Aunty Nettie and Uncle Will's house in Queen Street, Redcliffe.
I look a bit worried about Santa, but I am safely in my Mum's arms.
Santa (Uncle Will) giving Aunty Nettie a gift while Des, (their daughter-in-law), looks on.
I am assuming I got an umbrella for Christmas - luckily it was in my favourite Tartan!
The family gathering at Aunty Nettie's, with Aunty Val (pregnant with Peter), Nellie, Bert Carby, Des, ? behind, Auntie Nettie, Uncle Fred, Uncle Gilbert, in the front row, Uncle Paul amusing me, June, Mum. Jacklyn, ?.
This is how I remember many of our Christmas lunches, in Grandma's dining room at Fingal, with aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mum and Grandma
Grandpa, Uncle Will, Aunty Nettie, Dad, Mum and me on Grandma's lap.
This year I got a baby doll with a feeding bottle, a beach ball, a teddy and a golliwog.
My new toys all lined up.
This silver foil tree was in our family for many Christmas's to come.
For 5 years we lived in Mt Isa, and most of the time we travelled south to Fingal for the Christmas holidays, but one year, at least, we didn't and had our Christmas day at home.
I decided I would make a treat for my brothers, and made a Santa marionette. For months I saved up my pocket money and used it to buy little gifts, which I individually wrapped. Santa had a hook on his hand so he could pick up the gifts and give them to Steve and Mal.
This post was inspired by Maria Northcote of Genies Down Under in her December 2014 podcast Episode 39: Christmas Stuff for Genies.