Over the years, I have ended up with a small and extremely random assortment of Christmas photos from my childhood, which has made it hard to pick good photos for holiday-themed Throwback Thursday posts. I did find a great one a couple of weeks ago that involved my brother wearing a giant KISS belt buckle, but I couldn’t find it today. (Huge bummer. The belt buckle really deserved a post.)
Instead, I have two pictures from the Christmas of 1974, which I know is the correct date for both because my grandma helpfully labeled the back of one of these — and I noticed that, though I am wearing different clothes, both my hair and the tree ornaments are the same in the other. (I shoulda been a detective!)
This would have been Eileen’s first Christmas, but these are the only photos I have, so… Sorry, sis. You were apparently not interested in posing for the camera.
Longtime blog readers (those of you who haven’t vanished due to nearly two years of extremely limited posting) may recall that, back in 2011/12 I tried to make “Wayback Wednesday” a thing — only to discover that the internet had instead decided “Throwback Thursday” was the way to go. So close, and yet, so far…
Anyway. I am now on board with the rest of the world, sharing old-timey photos on Thursdays, and thought I’d a) bring it back to the blog and b) make it Christmassy to fit with the overall theme of the month.
I find it kind of funny that Rockefeller Center looks pretty much the same at the holidays now as it did 25-ish years ago. Other than upgrading the tree to LED lights, there don’t seem to be a whole lot of changes. Can’t say the same about Eileen and me, though. Which is a good thing. I didn’t really benefit from bangs, and… well, does she have a perm? Or just some serious curling iron action?
Worth noting about this photo — it’s been re-cropped into a square because I instagrammed it in order to put a filter on it and make it (slightly) less crummy-looking — but the size and overall quality of it suggest it was probably taken with my delightful Kodak disc camera… which was basically the film equivalent of early cell phone photos: grainy, dark, terrible. I’m as glad technology evolved as I am that I grew out my bangs.