At the start of the Christmas season in 1977, we got it into our heads to paint a holiday scene on our house’s big front window. Mom and Dad helped us get all set up with tempera paints and brushes, and we all brainstormed what the image should be. Once we settled on a snow couple, Phil and I set to work painting together. What a great project for an almost-10- and 11-year-old!
I think it took a couple days to finish because we were painting on all the little panes of glass, but once it was completed we were all thrilled with the results.
We enjoyed this project so much that we painted a different scene each year after that, mostly recreating images from Christmas cards we had received. After our first year, Dad added to our curb appeal by setting up spotlights in the front yard to shine on our artwork.
It was a special Daquila-family Christmas tradition, and I treasure the memory of how excited I felt each year to create the new design.