GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The holiday season is nothing without its traditions, built on over decades of fun with friends and family. In the many stories and photos included in this ornamental mishmash, Grand Valley locals share favored items inspiring happy memories of Christmas with their loved ones.
As told by GJ local Garry Brewer, a Free Press history columnist: "We have, for the past forty years, placed on our tree an ornament for each member of our family with their name on it: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, brothers, ex-spouses of our children (they gave us nice grandchildren). As the grandparents, parents and other members on both sides passed away, Barb and I have become the oldest members of our family. One of the oldest family member ornaments on the tree is for Barb's father, Adolph William Schmidt who was born in 1896 and served in World War One. He died on December 16, 1949, when Barb was just two years old. I like that he is on our tree because of the special girl he and his wife Vivian left for our family.As each new Christmas comes around the whole family comes out of the box to share Christmas with the a new generation of our family. It shows our heritage and demonstrates that we are a forever family and in our hearts and memories.The whole family past and present is there to share this special time with us."