- Ron & Ellen Williams
- Dave & Carolyn Butterworth
- Tony & Jill Jennings
- Jim & Jen Watts
- Roger & Donna Rieck
- Kathy Krueger
- Bernie & Marcia VanRoekel
- Dave & Nancy Dau
- Joann Asa
- Kirk & Becki Huisenga
- Kirk & Judy Jensen
- Pam DenHerder
- Ray & Marilyn Miller
- Keith & Sharma Brockmeyer
- Jan & Linda Bolluyt
- Darrell & Becky Welch
- Jim & Marlene Avery
- Nancy Radcliffe
- Mike & Lisa Frangenberg
Ron & Ellen Williams
- We always have a lemon pound cake for Jesus’ birthday cake.
- Here’s the Santa ornament rons mom made from a blown egg when she was teaching back in the 1930s. Depression era homemade decorations. He’s still hanging in there!
- This is the nativity set rons mom always put out in her elementary school classroom in the 1930s . She told about the day after Pearl Harbor, finding high school boys tossing the various pieces around the room . They said she wouldn’t want anything made in Japan anymore. She got very outraged with them. We inherited the set upon her passing away as Ellen collects nativity sets. It is very dear to us.
Dave & Carolyn Butterworth
My grandma always had this Santa in her window. It’s special to me!
Tony & Jill Jennings
Here I’m wearing the Christmas apron that my Grandmother used to wear. She passed away in 1997 and I was very close to her. And behind me on the tree are bubble lights that used to adorn my parents’ Christmas tree every year. I think they are so cool!
Jim & Jen Watts
Here’s some pictures of things that I put out at Christmas time. The ornaments were mine as a kid. The snowmen were handed down to me from my Mom. We always had the light up snowman up every year when I was a kid and my Mom made the embroidered snowman. My Grandma passed away last year and I got the Merry Christmas sign as a remembrance of her. She made it. They warm our hearts and our home at Christmas!!!
Roger & Donna Rieck
In 1956 Mrs Hattie Sundberg our farm neighbor across the road gave me this simple all white Plaster of Paris Nativity for my tenth Christmas. She enjoyed making it and I’ve treasured having it.
Nativity with antique cabin and sod Hut from Jim’s 5th grade, Christmas caroling with our family in 1986, and grandchildren Lauren and Jack enjoying Grandpa Krueger’s trains.
Bernie & Marcia VanRoekel
Attached is a photo of a model train my brother and I received as a Christmas gift from my parents when I was 8 years old. It was passed on to me after my parents passed away and it now sets under our Christmas tree every year-it still works too!
My parents had ten grandchildren, most of them lived a distance away. My sister-in-law had the great idea to put the grandkids pictures on ornaments so Mom and Dad could see them every time they looked at their tree. For four years we four moms each took a turn making ten crafty ornaments, giving them as a Christmas gift. After four years 40 ‘Grandchildren Ornaments’ filled Grandma and Grandpa’s tree with lots of love. These ornaments hung on the tree for many years. Now my parents are gone and the 40 ornaments continue to hang on four family trees.
(These are pics of Dana, now 45 and Jamison, Jamie, 48 this month). These ornaments are OLD!
Dave & Nancy Dau
This is a set of carolers and Christmas tree passed down to me by my mom who painted these pieces. As a child they were my favorite and still are as an adult. Setting them out each year, takes me right back to my 8 year old self.
My brother Walt had a stained glass hobby and he made one of these nativities for family members. Since the passing of my siblings, this has become a special treasure.
Kirk & Becki Huisenga
This is a picture of a Swedish carousel that I was given many years ago. My children and grandchildren loved this Christmas decoration and couldn’t wait to put it out each year. This year I passed it on to my son with the message he is to pass it on to his son or daughter. To say he was overwhelmed would be understated!
Kirk & Judy Jensen
- My mom and grandma made cookies all the time. This time of year calls for their recipes!
- Wooden nativity made by Judy’s dad. He started woodworking in his retirement years. Love knowing his hands created this special set.
My mother made this ceramic nativity set for my family 53 years ago. A treasure we’ve enjoyed many years & plan to pass on to my children & grandchildren.
Ray & Marilyn Miller
My nativity scene that my mother made for me.
Keith & Sharma Brockmeyer
- Our coolest “stocking” ornaments made by Eulyn Riemersma.
- We collect ornaments while on vacation.
Jan & Linda Bolluyt
Here is a picture (2017) of three of our favorite presents (not the wrapped ones, but the live ones).
Darrell & Becky Welch
- We have purchased Tree of Love Hearts in memory of family & friends from Lakes Regional Hospital since 1996. These are made by hospital volunteers.
- The two angels are ornaments that have been on my family’s Christmas tree since I was a child.
Jim & Marlene Avery
Jim, Marlene & Teddy
My crew. Mom and her kids (with a photo bomber). NOEL Angels from my Grandparents house.
Mitten Wreath. 1947 Life Magazine of Christmas Carols from Grandparents. And Nativity. I had Mary for many years before I found Joseph, in a consignment store!
Mike & Lisa Frangenberg
This Kringle recipe that has been passed down for generations. My great, great, great aunt Gladys Skaar made it when I was young and then my Grandma Dorothy, who gave it to my mom and then me. I don’t know how old the recipe is but it’s at least 100 years old and came with the family from Norway.