• Essays

    Christmas memories

    “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder A few pieces from my mother’s Santa collection / Cindy La Ferle I’ve written a few newspaper columns and magazine essays about the bittersweet task of sorting through your parents’ belongings while preparing for an estate sale. The whole process takes you on a winding trail of memories, starting from your early childhood and leading you right up to the moment you find yourself putting price tags on your family heirlooms. After my mother died, I couldn’t part with her collection…