‘Tis the Season
As a child, I could never sleep the night before Christmas. I would sneak into the living room to check out what Santa had delivered, by the glow of the streetlight. There was the year my Mom blocked the hallway with the open closet door, tying bells to the knob, in an attempt to keep me from peeking. (Note to mother: this ploy did not work).
I lay in bed, fizzing and popping with excitement. I would wake up my younger brother and sister, sending them in to wake our parents. This was followed by the excruciating wait while my Dad shaved – for some reason, we weren’t allowed to open a single gift until that morning ritual was complete.
I remember the year of my play kitchen – a pink cardboard refrigerator, stove and sink, with molded plastic food. Oh, how I loved that kitchen! My mechanical engineer father remembered that holiday as the one spent placing “tab A into tab B” for hours on end.
There was the year I received my white go-go boots (“these boots are made for walking…”) which I wore with my fuzzy mohair sweater. My “Hedda Get Bedda” doll which had three different faces – by turning the knob on top of her head she went from smiling to sick with the measles to peacefully sleeping – training for future motherhood.
Our shiny aluminum Christmas tree, with its revolving flood light, colors pulsing from red to blue to green. The magical animated window displays at Polsky’s and O’Neils on Main Street, our breath crystalizing in the frosty air, snowflakes swirling.
The congregation singing “Silent Night”, the church sanctuary lit only by candlelight, flames flickering, wax dripping. My mom’s cinnamon buns, nut-filled Christmas cookies and peanut butter fudge balls. My red velvet holiday dress and black patent-leather shoes.
Christmas through the eyes of a child.
For 2011, I want just a little bit of that wonder, that magic, that delight. What about you? What are your favorite memories of Christmas past?
Texture Tuesday Processing
The original image and layers palette can be found below.
- Copied the original 2010 image to a new layer.
- Cloned out the zero in 2010. Selected the “1”, copying the selection to its own layer. Moved and transformed so that the date was 2011. Merged layers.
- Ran the “Vintage” action (courtesy of Pioneer Women Photography)
- Processed my midtone-contrast action to sharpen the edges and textures
- Added the Phoebe texture, setting blend mode to Vivid Light and opacity to 25%
- Added an overall Levels adjustment to improve contrast
Linking with Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday