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Story Behind the Picture – Christmas Past

I love Elle’s Story Behind the Picture link up!!! Today I wanted to walk down memory lane and share some pictures from Christmas past!


Christmas 1983 – My first Christmas!!! This is my dad and I by our Christmas tree πŸ™‚

Christmas Nadine



Christmas 1984 – This is why I love the cold and snow. Look what I grew up in!Β I have so many memories of sledding and building snowman around Christmas when I was little.Β The second picture is my mom and I and this last one was taken in the back yard of our first house. It was located just outside downtown Greensburg, PA. I love to see how the houses covered in snow in this picture.


Christmas 1985 – This is my dad and I. My parents were young when they had me and got married. They didn’t have a lot of money so my dad had three jobs at one time, one of which was being a paramedic. I used to think it was so cool seeing him drive the ambulance!!! I was obsessed with the rescue helicopters that sat outside the building he worked in and he would always take me to see them. The helicopters were named Angel. So there was Angel 1 and Angel 2 and my dad would always let me know which one I was looking at. I remember one time he came and took me out for lunch at McDonalds and a emergency call came in and I got to go on the call with him. I used to think he was a super hero saving lives.


Christmas 1987 – This was my last Christmas as an only child! We had that white Christmas tree until I was in high school. I remember a few years my mom put purple lights on it because purple is my favorite color.


Christmas 1988 – This was Tracy’s first Christmas. I was so happy to have a little sister! I was constantly climbing in to her play pen and nap with her in the living room. I remember the Barbie that I am holding in this picture, it was Perfume Barbie and she came with a little bottle of perfume! And that dress she is wearing used to scrunch up so it could become a party dress!


Apparently, Christmas of 1989 was my rebellious years. Check out my midriff pajamas! This was also the year that my sister cracked her head open just a week before Christmas. My grandma and I were upstairs reading in bed and I asked my sister to bring me some apple slices. She ran back up stairs to bring them to me and tripped over her shoe lace and fell head first in to a piece of antique furniture with claw handles. One of those claws got her forehead. My mom and her best friend were downstairs in the kitchen when it happened and my moms best friend had to drive them to the ER because my mom was too scared. She couldn’t find where all the blood was coming from, it was awful!

My grandma stayed behind with me and I remember crying the entire time thinking that my little sister was going to die. She kept trying to calm me down but nothing worked until they brought my sister back home. She had to wear this nice little head patch for a few weeks.


Later I would joke that she lost some of her brains in that accident….sisters.

1992 Nintendo

Ah yes, Christmas of 1992. The year I became a gamer girl! My grandma bought me a Super Nintendo for Christmas and I was so excited!!! My cousins and best friend had regular Nintendos


One of the famous surprised faces when we came out to see what Santa brought us! I used to love to ham it up for the camera….



Freshmen year of high school. Remember Starter? That was a Starter sweatshirt and I thought I was so damn cool.Michigan? BLEH!!! I only liked them because the guy I was crushing on did. So lame.


Sophomore year of high school, never too old to sit on Santa’s lap!



Junior year of high school. Old Navy performance fleece anyone? So my dad used to call me Dino sometimes. He thought it was so clever to get me a Dino in my stocking for Christmas. During Senior Week, you parents could come in and decorate your locker and my dad is really good at drawing, he drew this huge Dino in a graduation gown. It was actually pretty cool.



Senior year. I always helped out at my dad’s office Christmas party. That year, my mom and I were in charge of the duck game station. Also, you guys remember how big Billabong used to be? Gosh, I loved that shirt!!!

Well that was a fun trip down memory lane, thanks Elle!

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

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  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston December 22, 2015 at 9:04 am

    So many great pictures – you still look exactly like you did as a child – your face in that second photo is my favorite!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Cara December 22, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Aw such sweet pictures! You look so much like your dad. Love this! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply ellesees.net December 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

    thank you for linking up!! i always get paranoid no one will link up, lol. Our first pics on our posts today are from the same year!! That’s crazy. And now I feel old, lol. I adored reading all of these memories of yours.

  • Reply laura December 22, 2015 at 9:26 am

    This was awesome, Nadine. Isn’t it crazy how much we can remember from that long ago? I love the McDonald’s story with your dad. And YES to Billabong — OMG that shit was so cool! And I also had a Michigan sweatshirt because the guy I liked had one. #SOULSISTAS

  • Reply Rebecca Jo December 22, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Oh my gosh – I so love the trip down memory lane with you.
    Pictures are so fantastic to bring back the best memories – especially at holidays.

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine December 22, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I absolutely adored to seeing your Christmas through the years and all the neat stories behind them! You’re such a cutie patootie!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders December 22, 2015 at 10:20 am

    One of the things I always hated on Christmas was waiting for my parents to set up the camera so we could open up presents. Having all of those memories documented makes it all worth it! I’m so jealous that you had white Christmases, I’m still hoping for one, one day, but I think I’ll have to go somewhere up North to get one! And telling your sister that she lost all of her brains in that accident sounds like something I’d tell my sister lol! Being the oldest is so much fun!

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  • Reply Kaitlyn Danielle December 22, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Awe too cute! What a great post idea. I have a sled picture similar to yours, where my grandpa and I used to sled down the steep hill of their driveway. Christmas memories are the best.

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph December 22, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Aww all the little Nadines. Too cute!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista December 22, 2015 at 11:36 am

    How adorable were you?! Not only are we birthday twins, but I got a Super Nintendo that same Christmas! Too funny πŸ™‚

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer December 22, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I love all of these pics! So many fun memories. And girl, you haven’t aged a bit! Looking good!

  • Reply Jenna December 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Gosh, I’m so jealous of those white Christmases. I was born and raised in Alabama, and you just don’t get those very often down here.

  • Reply Dani December 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Love all of the pics- thanks for taking us with you on your stroll down memory lane! I think the surprised face one is my favorite hahaha! And YES to Old Navy, Old Navy, Old Navy Performance Fleece! I still remember the commercial! And gamer girl status- though I was a Sega Genesis girl πŸ™‚

  • Reply B @ Sequin Notebook December 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Such cute throwback photos! The Michigan sweatshirt definitely surprised me at first, haha!

  • Reply Mattie December 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I distinctly remember one year for Christmas DESPERATELY wanting a Hurley sweatshirt that said, “Hurley Girlie” on it, as well as a seatbelt belt. I got them both. *cringe* Hahaha! Your Billabong comment reminded me of that.

    Love all the old pictures! So cute and fun!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis December 22, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    ’83 was my first Christmas too! Love the little walk down memory lane. oh and I still wear billabong stuff…lol

  • Reply Erin LFF December 22, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I love this post and all the awesome memories you shared!! Other than the part about your sister losing part of her brains πŸ˜‰ Makes me want to get out all my mom’s old albums and flip through them!

  • Reply Erin @ TexErin-in-SydneyLand December 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I’m pretty sure that if my dad was a paramedic when I was a kid that I would have thought that was the coolest job ever! Great group of photos! Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

  • Reply alyssa December 22, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Little You is SO cute! I swear, your face (especially your smile!) is the same in all those pictures as it is now πŸ˜‰ Merry Christmas Nadine! xo

  • Reply Amy @ The Crazy Wise Woman December 22, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    So awesome! I love seeing old family pics, how special that you have all of these!

  • Reply kristen December 23, 2015 at 9:55 am

    awwww i loved this trip down memory lane, you are so cute! i split my head open (twice) when i was a kid and my brothers made the brains joke as well, lol.

  • Reply Katie December 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Awe I just loved looking at all these old Xmas photos. I swear I had that same pink snow suit and that billabong tee! I hope you have a wonderful family Xmas this year. Xoxo

  • Reply Duckie December 26, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Love this! Old Navy Performance Fleece was everything. I still remember the jingle. And hells yes to Billabong. It was always kind of a big deal in Hawaii (all the surf brands are) so I was always decked out in Roxy, Billabong, Volcom, Hurley, etc. Still am. Lol.

  • Reply Katy December 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

    We had the same childhood. hahahaha.
    Billabong was the shit.

  • Reply Cherie @ Modern Yet Nostalgic January 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    This is awesome. It’s so cool that you still have all these photos. We’ve lost a bunch over the years and the ones that we do have aren’t in one place so they’re hard to find!

    Billabong was definitely awesome — one of my favorite purses as a teenager was Billabong.

    And that Dino story is cute. πŸ™‚

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