Challenge: It’s Not This Time Of Year Without…

The prompt is to share something that signals the beginning of the holiday season.  Here is my entry.

My dad was a police officer in Newark, NJ.  For many of his years on the force he worked in the Emergency Squad division.  During the long hours between calls the guys would keep themselves busy in various ways like cooking.  Near the Christmas holidays they always came up with a special project, like candle making for instance. In 1956 they made Santas.  I still have ours. Santa stands about 3 and 1/2 feet tall and is made from press board. After the outline was drawn the guys cut out the Santas and my dad set to work drawing the features, clothing and bag of toys.  At that point our Santa came home and my mother and I painted him.  You can read more of my family Santa story by CLICKING HERE


Weekly Challenge: Tiny…

 The prompt is:  In this week’s challenge, show us tiny. Capture something at a smaller scale. Create your own miniature scene. You can also interpret the theme in other ways by capturing your favorite tiny things — from your baby’s hands to belongings that are special to you — or documenting a small, quiet moment in your day.



These miniature books were my father’s and are probably more than 80 years old.  They measure 1 1/2 x 2 inches and are leather covered.


The William Shakespeare book is 760 pages long.