Uncle Odell kept his Christmas Tree up year round, with presents, candy and fruit sprinkled under it.
He usually visited us with an armload of gifts. It could have been Christmas, Just Because, or Birthdays. He really enjoyed bringing us dolls dressed in Period clothing similar to this, encased in a plastic cylinder.
Mom thought her girls were too young to appreciate these dolls. She said they were for older girls, but he brought them anyway. I don't recall him having children, and maybe that's why he showered his nieces /cousins with love, laughter, and affection
Uncle Odell made the best Home Made Garlic Pickles. I spent my last day with him in 1985. He was declining in health, and physically wasn't the "Roly Poly" man who reminded me of.....
...... but, dipped in Chocolate!
His memory lives on
He and I share Birthdays
four days apart, love of water, boats,
humor, and the reality that both our mothers passed away in their early 40's.
I Loved My Santa