It was now the Christmas Season of 1994, and after the house was decorated for Christmas I took pictures of everything as I always did for special occasions.
This was the largest house we ever rented and the foyer was quite nice with marble floors and wooden beams – and large enough to be a family room all by itself.
If you’ve never scanned your old photos or set out to write captions for all of them I recommend the exercise – it resets your personal memories of your life through your pictures – and documents the events and memories through the years so you can share them with others.
We had this tropical planting area in our foyer that I nurtured back to robust growth after a period of neglect prior to our having rented the house, and like many things in life the plants responded to dedicated care, pruning and nourishment.
Our Christmas tree was dwarfed by the size of the living room, but the white walls contrasted nicely with the green branches and colorful ornaments and gift bags here on Christmas Eve.
We didn’t know it at the time, but our second assignment at Spangdahlem AB was almost half over – we’d be moving again at the beginning of December 1995 to HQ 3rd AF at RAF Mildenhall, UK.
I’ve always enjoyed Christmas trees and photographing them, focusing on the ornaments and the overall blending of the natural green tree branches and needles with the vibrant colors of the decorations.
The white lights of a Christmas tree reminds me of stars in the heavens, and the decorations are like the planets of the solar system as they reflect the lights of the tree.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year because it is so transformational – a recognition that God shared Himself with the world through His love for us in Jesus – and the darkness of December is transformed by the bright and colorful lights and decorations in honor of God’s love for us.
Looking back through the years it is easy to forget the particular trials and challenges of the time, and here I can reflect on how well our family has been taken care of through the years.
We always liked this German light pyramid, which was bright and cheerful when set in the window for anyone to see and enjoy.
We purchased this small barley twist folding table in England made of dark stained oak – and I refinished it to match our furniture and my wife topped it with an antique lace tablecloth.
My wife always did an amazing job decorating our house for Christmas, and I did my best to take pictures so we could remember how it looked from year to year.
This picture was taken on the third Advent Sunday leading up to Christmas because the fourth candle remains unlit until the final Sunday prior to Christmas.
From the built-in wooden bench in the living room, this picture almost looks like it was take from outside looking in through a window.
The living room had this little study off to the side and around the corner, which was a perfect place for our small upright piano.
My wife’s father handmade the paper star hanging here from a beam in the living room, and it was a festive addition to our home.
Our Nativity Scene slowly grew and evolved as the years went by, and this year it was placed all by itself on this little washstand, with the Christmas tree lights in the distance.
We’ve always been fans of Nao and Lladro figurines that are made in Spain, because the colors are muted pastels that always blended nicely with our other furnishings.
The leaded glass window panes of the dining room window reflects candle light, while the German light pyramid and nutcracker add Christmas cheer to the room.
My wife has always hung Christmas bells and ornaments from our curtains, and here three small porcelain bells ring in the Christmas season.
Sometimes in life we don’t have the opportunity to step back and look at our lives from a distance as we’re caught up in the details of the day – and this blog has allowed me that opportunity.
My wife set up our eat-in kitchen table as a dessert buffet full of her homemade cakes and Christmas cookies for a visit from her family – and it was a welcome treat for everyone to enjoy.
Looking through this shelf unit back towards the dessert buffet, the cakes and Christmas cookies have always been a specialty of my wife’s that we’ve all enjoyed.