This week I’m back with old photos. I was looking through an old box of snaps and found some Christmas photos from 1991. At that time I was a young Mum of two living in my first house with my husband of five years. The first photo is my Christmas tree, and an impressive house plant.
I put it in the corner behind the tree because, well you know, I had toddlers! I look back now and I realise it was mostly because my eldest could not leave anything alone and had he been able to reach the tree he would have most likely pulled it down on a daily basis. Who needs pets!
This next photo shows some of my Christmas decorations.
Two Christmas stockings hung above the fireplace, handmade wreaths courtesy of my Mum who loved to make things like this and if you look in the mirror you can see that my ceiling was full of Christmas decorations. I miss the whole house covered look, I really do. Even if it was a real pain to do.
Look at the fireguard. A necessity with toddlers and a gas fire. We didn’t have central heating back then, the fire was the only form of heat in the entire house! We’d put the cooker on to warm the kitchen, but the bedrooms just required lots of blankets. Fire guards were ugly, but they were a good way of drying the washing if you didn’t have a tumble dryer!
Here are the presents, so this must have been Christmas eve because I wouldn’t have put them out before then…Father Christmas had to bring them.
Look at all those lovely gifts, the kids did well that year. Look at my television, but try not to laugh. It was top of the range and we had a meter on the bag to put our £1 coins in to pay for it! If we didn’t put the money in we didn’t get to watch it. Hilariously, the guy who fitted it put the wrong wire and we had to pay for our VHS recorder so we could watch television as much as we wanted but had to pay if we wanted to watch videos. We still made the payment every month though because we had toddlers and there was no all day television back then. We would pop up to the video shop and rent the kids favourites, Thomas the Tank Engine and Sooty and Sweep Show.
Christmas 1991 Presents
I can’t show my kids playing with their presents because I don’t have their permission to feature them on my blog. But I know that these were the favourite two gifts and they had many, many hours of fund with them.
For my boy who was three years old, his favourite present was his Big Red Fun Bus
This big plastic buggy was my daughter’s favourite toy, along with a baby doll. She was 18 months old so it was a great walking aid too as she was still finding her feet.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey back to Christmas in 1991. What where you up to back then…my guess is that you were mostly like my children and enjoying your presents under the tree (or the television 🙂 )