Happy Christmas!

26 Dec

The Library and Archives might be closed today, but we thought we’d take a moment to create a special Christmas week post for all of our patrons who celebrate this holiday. We hope that everyone is having a good time with friends and family this holiday season as well as eating a ton of yummy goodies before the New Year and its inevitable weight-loss resolutions arrive.

The photo we’re sharing today is from our Photo Files. The notes on this photo say that this is a photo of the winning house from Jaycees’ first Annual Christmas Home Decoration Contest. This is the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Glen Cooper, located 1215 East Indio Street. This photo was taken on Christmas Eve as the homeowners were receiving their prize. The people pictured are (from left to right): Hurlstone Fairchild and Esther Henderson, both judges. Then Mr. Cooper and Mrs. Edith Cooper, the homeowners. Then Mrs. Lilly Merritt Starkweather and Professor Pete Anderson, both judges.

PC 1000-Places-Tucson-Homes-C-#7715. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

PC 1000-Places-Tucson-Homes-C-#7715. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

This photo made us think of the Christmas decoration traditions we each have in our homes. Erin’s grandmother hides a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree and gives an extra present to the person who finds it first on Christmas Day. Her mother also puts a rubber octopus on the tree, a remnant from the days when it was the only thing keep the kids from touching and breaking all the ornaments. Caitlin’s most notable decoration tradition is the constant battle in their house between colored lights or white lights on the Christmas tree.

Does your family have any decoration traditions? Or just family-specific traditions in general? Archivists know it’s never too early to start documenting things. Grab some paper, pencils and crayons and have your kids write out their favorite family traditions–with illustrations, of course! Then use a hole-punch and yarn to “bind” them together into a fun little book. You can add to it every year and keep it on the coffee table during Christmas as your own holiday family history.

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