This photograph does require some comment! This is my grandmother, Imogene Huffman Shoemaker and her grandchildren at my house on Christmas Day, 1968. She is sitting by the Magnus Chord Organ that my mom and dad had given to her for Christmas. They were very popular back in the 1960's and 1970's. My mom still has this organ in her basement. Hanging in the window is a snowman that my mom made using paper plates! The Santa mugs on the shelf had my brothers names painted on the front. I loved them so much, I found some matching ones for my own children.
My oldest brother, Rick, has his arm in a sling due to a dislocated shoulder that he sustained while playing basketball. It became a kind of joke in the family that each year in the Christmas pictures, Rick had some type of injury. For a couple of years, it was a dislocated shoulder. One year he had a big bandage over his eye from a cut that he sustained while playing basketball. I am wearing a blonde wig that was one of my presents. Why on earth I wanted that thing, I will never know, but I thought I was "IT". I am also holding a handkerchief in my hand because on Christmas Day, I was almost always sick with some kind of cold! I guess it's appropriate that I have a picture of it. The little boy in front of me is my cousin, Kevin, and his brother, Mark is wearing the blue shirt directly behind my grandma. My brother, Brian is wearing the long sleeve yellow shirt. Okay, so this isn't so "wordless". Sorry!