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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday - 24 December 2009

In about 1939, my mother created her own Christmas cards by taking a photo of the family nativity set (placed in the fireplace that was never used for an actual fire!). I have, not only some of those original cards, but the figurines shown here (most looking nowhere near as bright and shiny after over 70 years of use). They are still treasures to me and pulled out almost every year (though I had to replace baby Jesus' head, which met an unfortunate accident ... a Lego figure head fits perfectly!).

Merry Christmas, all!

1 comment:

  1. This truly is a treasure. I would love to see the Christmas cards!