The holidays tend to encourage memories to go into overdrive as we recall Christmases past. We often wax poetic about favorite traditions of our families – the parts and pieces that are now so deeply engrained in our celebrations that we cannot imagine the season without them.
After the Parental Units and offspring were snug at their houses to watch this year’s Christmas snow, Mr. Fix-It and I treated ourselves to a bi-annual viewing of the Arnold Family video – a collection of Super 8 movies pieced together into a single video tape. The original celluloid strips beginning to crumble, they were compiled for posterity in 1995 so we could let the younger generations get a picture of the people and places about which they so often hear us old folks share during the Arnold Family Freefor- All.
Our Super 8 movie camera was quite a stateof- the-art home movie maker in 1955. Daddy had ordered it from one of his suppliers at City Pharmacy and it arrived just a few days before my second Christmas. My brothers laugh that the only way their faces were photographed was if they squatted down to do something with their 20-month-old baby sister.