SNAPSHOT: The Gift Of ‘Getting Old’

Christmas card, with art by Anne Audet-Giroux gracing the cover, has a place in my Christmas archive. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Christmas card, with art by Anne Audet-Giroux gracing the cover, has a place in my Christmas archive. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

Getting more and more sentimental at this time of year comes with getting old, I guess.

Spent part of the morning listening to Christmas carols sung in Croatian accompanied by beautiful “tambura” music. The roots stretch way, way back. It was part of growing up in a Croatian household.

Of course, the flashbacks meant moments of being misty eyed too. That came from missing the “old days”, childhood days, after reminiscing about the carols and other customs that were part of Christmas year after year.

All that sentimentality eventually led to my archive, where odds and ends of Christmas memorabilia are kept.

Like the card that is photographed for this initial Snapshot feature. It was received one Christmas several years ago from Wellanders Marc and Anne Audet-Giroux, old friends.

The image on the card is from an original painting by Anne, an acclaimed artist. Of course most Wellanders will recognize it: Eglise du Sacré-Coeur, Sacred Heart Church, on Empire Street. It came as a seasonal greeting, a Christmas card with a handwritten note from Marc-Yvain inside. It became much more. It became a treasured gift.

Other cards bearing the work of Anne followed, year after year, including this year’s.

All have been saved and are part of the Christmas archive, which has come to mean more and more, sentimentally, each passing year. Getting old, I guess, will do that to you.

(Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City. Snaphot, debuting today, will be a recurring feature on the blog.)

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