Twelve Days of Christmas: Fifth Day

 In Lessons from a Small Town

family Kodak Instamatic M-9 movie camera and Kodak Brownie Junior box camera

Mom would select a Saturday afternoon in early November for an appointment with  Canajoharie’s photographer,  Maurice LeBel. He arrived with his tripod, fancy camera, flood lights on poles, and a pocketful of Sylvania flash bulbs. In the early years, my three sisters and I dressed in identical outfits made by our Nana. One year Mom wanted to have a “fire” in the fireplace so she positioned a lamp, minus the shade, behind three freshly cut logs. I have family Christmas cards from  1954-1972. Then Mom went to a Christmas letter and we submitted our own pictures.

“On the Fifth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

five… Christ…mas cards,

My favorite Burgess Christmas cards    1956,1957,1960,1961,1963

four vintage snowmen,

old fashioned snowmen candles purchased in 1990’s

three special balls,

David’s, Samantha’s and Richard’s ornaments

two wooden skis,

Kim’s wooden skis
( circa 1956)

and a Christmas plate for Santa’s midnight snack.

1978 Christmas cookie plate

I hope you held the notes in verse number five!


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