#ThrowbackThursday: Family Christmas

When my grandma turned 90, back in 2006, our whole family banded together to find and scan as many photos from her lifetime as we could, which were then loaded into a digital photo frame we gave her for her birthday. She loved getting to see long-forgotten pictures from her childhood alongside more recent photos with her great-grandchildren, and as a side-effect, we all ended up with a wonderful archive of what is now nearly 100 years of family photos.

So when I wanted something from outside my lifetime for a Throwback Thursday post for today, that was the file I opened up on my computer — and it did not disappoint. After scrolling through fewer than a dozen photos (the files are not ordered chronologically, for the most part) I stumbled upon this delightful picture:

#ThrowbackThursday: Family Christmas
McGowan family Christmas

I’m not exactly sure when this was taken but this is my mom, her sister Fran, her brothers Fred and Jim, and my grandma in front of their Christmas tree, some time in the late 1940s or early 1950s. (If I could just remember when Uncle Jim — the baby in the photo — was born, I’d be able to pinpoint it a bit more clearly.)

I am entirely smitten with this picture, from  Mom and Fran’s matchy-matchy dresses and dolls (twins, yanno), to Aunt Fran’s side-eye at her baby brother, to Grandma’s awesome mod dress, to my gram’s and uncles’ huge smiles. My only wish was that Grandpa was in the photo too, but he is undoubtedly the one taking it, as he took pretty much all our family photos always.

(Which is a good reminder: people, get in your own photos occasionally. Someday, someone might be wishing you were there.)

9 thoughts on “#ThrowbackThursday: Family Christmas

  1. Mary Heffern December 11, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    OMG. I’ll comment later when I recover. Love you, honey!

  2. Mom December 11, 2014 / 1:53 pm

    Jim was born March 18, 1948, which would make Fran & I just 5 and Fred 6. Ma does look pretty FAB 😘. WOW

  3. sprite December 11, 2014 / 3:01 pm

    You and your aunt have the same side-eye look.

    • Sarah Heffern December 11, 2014 / 4:13 pm

      We do both love us some side-eye.

  4. Auntie Fran December 11, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    Lovely day-brightener, Sarah. Love you, too. Sweet & touching words for great parents.
    (P.S. Your holiday blogging project is delightful & entertaining. Hugging you.)

  5. Auntie Fran December 11, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Sprite: match-matchy!

  6. the other theo December 11, 2014 / 5:19 pm

    In the scrapbooking world, the absence of the person taking the picture is called “the phantom scrapbooker”.

  7. Maryann December 11, 2014 / 10:02 pm

    How fun to see your grandma as a young mother. Great picture. I wish she had looked up at us.

  8. Mom December 11, 2014 / 10:37 pm

    Interestingly, Maryann, Eileen’s Jonathan (3/10) is one week older now than Jimmy is in this picture & she is probably thinking that Great Grandma had all she could do to hang onto him & smile, never mind looking up into the camera 😊

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