Just three months after we married we had our first Christmas together.  We received a ‘first Christmas’ ornament as a wedding gift from Keith’s cousin and we placed it in a prominent place on our real Christmas tree that year.  We opened our presents, spent time with my father and his family then went to my mother-in-law’s home and spent the rest of the day with her, my brother-in-law and his wife, my Mom and brother.  The photos of that Christmas show I received a wine colored robe with matching, fuzzy, warm house shoes and Keith received a beautiful royal blue and black sweater, which he is wearing in the photo below.  Our time together was full of laughter, food and wine.

We’ve held on to that ornament and, each of our 20 Christmases together, it has been on our tree in about the same, prominent place.

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This is my submission for the Advent Calendar Christmas Memories 2009.