This weeks “Photo of the Week” comes from Brock Kerchner of Mechanicsburg, PA.
“I was 5 years old and it was Christmas time in Kutztown, PA. We always got up early and opened our gifts from my family but then we would break, shower and clean up as we waited for our extended family to arrive and continued opening gifts. That is why you see gifts unopened. My first Lionel train was “The Cargo King” seen behind me that I still have today running around my tree. You can also see a Mr. T figurine on the caboose flat and a Hot Wheels toy in the foreground left. My grandfather who was a master carpenter and craftsman built this house himself on a corner lot of what was their farm. He sold the farm except for this corner land to build his house on.
This was his holiday, he had an incredible workshop and after September we were never aloud to go downstairs to it. He would start building AMAZING things for his children and grandchildren out of wood, intricate difficult things. Our houses are filled with them. Christmas afternoon he would unveil them to us, he was my Santa. My grandmother would help sand and stain them as well. He did this work until until he passed 6 years ago in his 80’s.”