I loved your article, Gwen, not least because the photo of your husband's grandmother at 6 years of age is exactly contemporaneous with my husband's mother, who was born into a German-American family in1900 in the suburb of Highland Park, just north of Chicago. Today I have several treasured glass-blown Christmas ornaments from her family hanging on our own tree. And if I have those, there must have been a German Christmas tree as well (not erected until Christmas Eve, as I remember the tradition.) I wonder if it came from Captain Santa's ship?
What a great article. Thank you.
It's wonderful that you have those beautiful old ornaments. We also inherited some small, delicate glass ornaments from Grandma; though I'm not sure of their origin, I know that they're very old. Thank you for reading, and Merry Christmas!