The reason I am writing about this Christmas is because it was the first time I considered that I was truly settled in the USA. As a new immigrant, you feel that all is temporary. It just takes quite a while to feel that you have your own place in this world, which is no longer the one to which your parents belong. While we did not grow up celebrating Christmas at home, we certainly felt the coming of the Holiday season. Also, in recent years we had plenty of commercial as well as social influences helping us to experience this season. Another reason that this was a special year was that Dean’s family was at our place (the only time) for Christmas and it was Ed’s first year in the US. Seeing the pictures of that year makes one feel that life is swiftly passing by and life is short! While they were all in Johnson City, we went to Watauga Lake and Roan Mountain to see our beautiful area. The last picture below is the whole group on Christmas day 1971.