After Christmas was over, Ann would write about what we did and interesting things that year. This paper would be rolled up and attached to a string which will make it possible to pull it out of the ball and read in years to come. That lasted just four years. Balls 1957 and 1958 have broken but we still have the paper with her thoughts. Balls 1955 and 1956 were on our tree again this year -- 53 years later! Ann was “in a family way” for our first Christmas in 1955 and Rick joined us in 1956.Our first Christmas ball ornament 1955
Our second Christmas ball ornament 1956
Our daughter came along in 1959 and she thinks it was because of her that we stopped the tradition. Maybe just being a busy family did it. I don’t know or remember why that tradition stopped. Brenda has carried on the tradition with her family.
Another tradition we have is Christmas music. There are lots of records (yes the vinyl type), CD’s and cassettes, Video and DVDs that get played every year starting on the first day we decorate the house for the season. We have six weeks of Christmas music going at home and in the car. The very first recording we purchased for Christmas is still being played 53 years later. It’s a favorite and was put together by RCA Victor with the current entertainment singing stars of that time. Of course, Perry Como is on it!
To Wish You A Merry Christmas
The RCA Victor Family
Copyright 1954, Radio Corporation of America
Other artists on this record are Eddie Fisher, Eddy Arnold, Eartha Kitt (who just passed away and is still known for her rendition of “Santa Baby”), Tony Martin, Dinah Shore, Vaughn Monroe, The Three Suns, and a few popular orchestra leaders like Hugo Winterhalter.
Traditions are wonderful if carried out. Kind of like New Years Resolutions.