Thursday, December 10, 2009

19th Edition of Smile For The Camera, Gift

Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Man read it every year to our 3 sons.  It was such a special gift to his entire family.

Twenty-nine years later, the twins gave the gift back to the family by reading the same story to all of us, one reading one page, the other reading the next and both reading the last.  (And, yes, I have most of it on a video.)

L and M read to their entire family.

The gift of reading and the gift of a family tradition carried into the next generation.

This is my entry for the 19th Edition of Smile For The Camera, Gift.

The challenge is:  It is the holiday season and a time for giving. So give Smile readers the gift of sharing, sharing a family photograph. It can be a gift given or received, it can be the gift of talent, it can be the gift of having the photograph itself. The interpretation of gift is yours.

This is also my post for the Geneal-Bloggers Advent Calendar, Christmas Gifts, the challenge reads:  What were your favorite gifts, both to receive and to give? Are there specific gift-giving traditions among your family or ancestors?

Answers:  Family, memories like this one, were and still are my favorite gifts.  Gift-giving traditions starting with my three sons included books, educational toys, records, puzzles.  They were always the first to buy, and are still my favorite to give to the grandchildren.


hummer said...

I love the expressions on the boys' faces. They are in the story. The twins are beautiful and intent. Special young people.
Thank you.

Amy Coffin said...

My mom introduced that same tradition. It's one of my favorite memories. Thanks for sharing your family photos.

Greta Koehl said...

Total concentration ... what a wonderful tradition.

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Family reading together - makes me SMILE!

Thanks for sharing!!

Bill ;-)
Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"