Christmas Past…

This is probably Christmas 1957.


Christmas 1958. My brother Tim was 11 months old. I was seven.

In December of 1959 our brother Steve was born. This photo was taken at my Uncle Paul’s home in 1960. My babushka lived with them and we would go and visit on Christmas. My dad has his Molokan shirt on (think Dr. Zhivago) but I’m not sure if this is before church or after church. We would have two more siblings added to our family in 1963.

high-school-scanned5Christmas 1968 is my guess for this one. Me, Kathy and Vera. Look at those shoes.

los-angeles-ave3Christmas 1969. Tim is eleven, Steve is ten, and the twins, Lana and Leonard, are six.


los-angeles-ave4At my little babushka’s house for Christmas breakfast before church.



Christmas 1974 in our apartment on National Blvd. in the neighborhood of Mar Vista, Los Angeles. We had been married for two and a half weeks.


Our oldest niece Jenna, 1974.

Our first home in Huntington Beach, 1975.


Christmas 1977 in our second home in Huntington Beach.


Christmas 1978 in Huntington Beach. I am pregnant with our firstborn Josh and Chris is pregnant with Jenna’s little sister Annie. These are Dear’s mother and father.

josh-dan-79-837Christmas 1981. Josh and Dan are almost 3 and almost 1.



Christmas Eve 1982 reading the Christmas story with the Bagdanov side of the family.

ventura9Christmas tree 1986 in Ventura. Josh is almost 8 Dan is almost 6 and Katie is almost 1.



I think this one is from 1988 in Bothell. Our first Christmas in Washington State.


Late 1980’s in Bothell Washington.

early-1990s3Christmas on Norway Hill 1992 in Bothell, Washington.


PM1912 Postmarked 1912.

We are moving along with all things Christmas at this old house. Food shopping mostly done. A few things to add on Friday. I also am waiting to see if I’m inspired to bake one more favorite that my mom baked for all of us every year. My Bagdanov family had a cooking day today making my mom’s Vareniki for their Christmas Eve celebration.


About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

10 thoughts on “Christmas Past…

  1. You have a nice lot of vintage photos. I loved the shoes, btw. It’s fun to see the kids when they were small and what you and your husband looked like when you were a couple of kids yourself.

  2. I loved this stroll through Christmas past! What fun to see your childhood Christmases and your family as it grew from 2 to 5!

    Merry Christmas and New Year blessings to you and yours!

  3. So nice to see pictures of Christmas from your past. I love your long hair when you were first married.
    I have a cousin living in Huntington Beach.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. I enjoyed seeing your vintage Christmas photos. Your 1957 and 58 photos look a whole lot like our living room looked during the late 50s. We might have had the same lamps!

    Merry Christmas to you. I always enjoy visiting your blog!

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