12/24/09

CHRISTMAS 2009

My Mother-in-Law, who turned 90 in September, is a fantastic and diverse woman who has lived through many, many changes throughout her lifetime. She tells about her childhood Christmases and the memories of her dad always waiting until Christmas eve to cut down an evergreen. None of the kids would see the decorated tree until Christmas morning, and she recalls that each holiday the tree was tied to the ceiling fan so that the cats wouldn't knock it over!

This year our Daughter-in-Law is making a very special dinner for Grandma GeeGee (my Mother-in-Law) the day after Christmas when we'll all gather to celebrate. My husband has the car packed with gifts to take, but the best part will be being with the whole family.

This painting was done as a commission almost two decades ago and certainly has the sentimental overtones for this time of year. May your holidays be blessed with peace, joy, and love. See you after the new year.....

11 comments:

jgr said...

Best wishes to you and your family for Christmas and the new year: 2010-WOW! Thank you for all the inspiration.

--Jane

meera said...

Wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year!

Chris Beck said...

My 89-year-old mom also has told us that her father put up the Christmas tree on Christmas eve and decorated it after the kids were in bed, so they didn't see it until morning. Seems like a wonderful way to do things -- the tree was as much a present as the gifts under it.

Hope you have a joyous Christmas holiday and a super New Year.

Barbara Sailor said...

My parents always decorated the tree after we went to bed on Christmas Eve - and of course then put out the presents that Santa brought. Only as an adult, have I appreciated the effort it took to do this and make this holiday so special for us. Wonderful memories! Your painting is very beautiful and nostalgic.

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson said...

Sandy, I am flattered to be in your list of reccommended blogs! Thank you and thanks for the Christmas story!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Sad to say I missed your Christmas Eve beautiful painting post but on returning from our daughter's had the pleasure of reading your blog today. Have a great 2010 with lots of love, family gatherings, successful art projects and bags of good health.

Judy Mackey said...

Sandy - lovely painting. It's the simple things in life that we remember. Though I like looking at all the twinkly lights, I sometimes feel it is over-done. Thank you for listing my blog on yours, Best wishes for the coming year!
Happy painting, Judy

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Thank you for sharing this evocative painting. Although I grew up on the Arizona desert and my memories of Christmas did NOT include snow (!), I still can appreciate the sentimentality of this scene.

I wish for you and yours a healthy and happy 2010 and look forward to more inspiring paintings and submissions of your thoughts and processes. Thank you for your year of inspiration in 2009!

Laura Trevey said...

Thank you so much Sandy!
Yes, It is Yupo paper ~~

I love painting on it!
Happy New Year to you ~~

masmoulin said...

Happy new year

bbpryor said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and your new knee behaved!
Happy, Healthy twenty ten!