We’re never in a hurry to open gifts when we’re at Mom’s for Christmas. Gifts just aren’t the focus of our gathering. This year, we waited until today, December 27, to make our exchanges.
We had a lot of fun, nonetheless. The pictures look much like the past five years (the same five characters, the same house). This year, we’re just a bit older and, hopefully, wiser. You’ll see from my photos that the gifts we give tend to be practical, educational, or cultural….
An ornament I brought Mom from Ireland.
Heather went to Rome and found this ornament for me…
…in the shop where I’d taken the picture behind me in this February 2012 gallery show.
Heather opening a package.
I received many books on teaching/learning and Ireland.
Dave got a book about modern Irish architecture.
Heather with wood carving. (Several years ago, Heather and Leslie were cultural envoys to Zimbabwe.)
Leslie gave many heartfelt gifts, cultural treasures he’s collected during his life.
Heather’s new boots. She really needs these for living in NYC.
Mom received an amazing cotton-picking doll from Leslie. She was deeply touched.
I got a quilter doll, significant to me because Ma quilted and several of my students have studied the connections between quilting and African-American architecture.
Heather Massie and Leslie Lee.
Candle holder from Esther and the rest of the Sterchi family.
We’re enjoying Christmas day at my Mom’s home in Middletown, Pennsylvania, as is our annual tradition.
Here’s wishing you and yours a day full of peace and love! From Heather, Leslie, Cynthia, Dave, and Shannon.
Christmas breakfast with my sister Heather, friend Leslie Lee, mom Cynthia, and husband Dave.
Mary and Tim Bigelow came to visit during breakfast. Haven’t seen them since October in Dublin.
The famous playwright, Leslie Lee, who recently retired from teaching screen writing at NYU.
Dave catching up on the news.