Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Germany...Christmas 1980!

Merry Christmas from Germany...
Our little family spent three Christmases in Germany...or West Germany as it was called then.  By the time 1980 rolled around we had added a little boy to our clan.  Our little German boy was named Geoffrey Georg Hatfield.  We used the German spelling on his middle name, but we just pronounce it George!  Little Missy on Santa's lap...an American Santa at our Detachment Christmas party...doesn't seem sure if she likes him or not.  This was her first experience with the jolly old guy.  This post is just a little trip down memory lane for my kids.  I will be sharing some of the German Christmas traditions we brought home with us in the next few posts.  As we move farther into December, I hope that your holiday preparations are going well and that the spirit of the season warms your hearts.

Frohes Fest!
Amber and Missy get treats from Santa...
Only 14 months difference in age...they seem more like twins.

Big Baby...Geoffrey Georg!
Born in August he was only four months old in this picture.

Oh, Tannenbaum!
Closeup of our sad little tree courtesy of George's new camera lens.

Two sweet little sisters host a Christmas Tea Party.
Fisher Price and the Sears Wish Book were my best friends that year.

Geoff's first Christmas present...a German toy train.
German toys were wonderful...durable...and very expensive!
Again...thank you, Sears Wish Book!
Just be sure to order two months in advance!

Have a lovely day!


Pollyanna said...

Such a great opportunity, and so many fun memories. I am excited to hear about your German traditions. (Oh, and adorable children, I might add.)

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Sweet babies, looked like a good tea party!

RetroSandie said...

Your girls look so cute in their matching dresses. And Geoff WAS a big baby. Only 4 months???? WOW-what a bruiser!!! Will be fun to hear about your German traditions, too!!

Old Fashioned Gal said...

I'd give anything to see where I was born in West Germany again! Hubby and I plan on backpacking Europe one day. (that plan may be in the far far FAR future lol) I told him a major stop is Bovaria!
I love seeing your pics of German festivites. I wish I had a scanner, I'd love to scan some old Germany pics for you to see! :)

My Vintage Mending said...

Beautiful..I never did sit well with Santa...He always scared me...smiles..Renee

Jenny's Heart said...

My husbands dad was stationed in Germany and they lived there for a few years, he LOVED it and always wants to go back. I shared your post with him and it brought back the memories to him.
Merry Christmas

vintage grey said...

Such sweet photos,and how cute are their dresses!! Have a great week Shirley! xo Heather

Perfectly Printed said...

What great pictures!! Thanks for sharing!