Christmas Letters and Photos

Christmas letters since 1995 are available, along with larger images of each of the cards shown here.

Photo Story
2018 Christmas photo 2018 Guide to 2018 photo

The guide above identifies the 13 people and dog in this year's photo, which was taken in Paso Robles on the day after Thanksgiving.

2017 Christmas photo 2017

Guide to 2017 photoThe guide on the left explains who's who in this year's photo, taken again on the steps to our upper deck. Dave and Jen are not present, as Jen is about to give birth to Lucas, who arrives six days later.

2016 Christmas photo 2016

Photo was taken on the Malibu cliffs at David and Jen's wedding. The guide below explains who's who. Guide to 2016 photo

2015 Christmas photo 2015

Color-coded guide to 2015 photoPhoto was once again taken on the steps to our upper deck. The color-coded guide on the left explains who's who and what the connections are.

And we're especially pleased to announce Dave and Jen's engagement.

2014 Christmas photo 2014

Color-coded guide to 2014 photoAs in 2008, photo was taken on the steps to our upper deck. We've added Larry's sister Sue from Chicago and David's girlfriend Jen. The color-coded guide on the left explains who's who and what the connections are.

Alas, Jenny could not be present for this Thanksgiving photo as she was in Texas.

2013 Christmas photo 2013

Mary and I are on the Daugava River in Riga, Latvia, on June 1, during our trip to the Baltic States. The photo was taken by Tania from St. Petersburg, who with her husband Zhenia was sharing our table.

Tori and Cathy dressed up in holiday clothes for this Dec 8 photo on the rock in front of our house. The hillside behind them had been completely burned on May 2.

2012 Christmas photo 2012

This Sep 13 photo was taken at St. Julie's church and is included in the church's directory.

Cathy and Tori, who had just begun kindergarten, are on the right, and Mary's dad Jerry in in the rear. At the time we expected him to be a long-term resident of our household, but on the morning before Thanksgiving he informed us that he had accepted Teresa and John's invitation, and he moved in with them on Dec 8. More details are in the letter.

2011 Christmas photo 2011

Early on December 2, we went outdoors for a Christmas photo. "Too cold," an unsmiling Tori said. We came indoors and sat under the tree; only one take was needed. Tori still sports her outdoor coat.

Mary and I are shown near a well in the center of San Gimignano, Italy, in early June. Tori and Cathy are together just prior to a Newbury Oaks preschool drama presentation in August.

2010 Christmas photo 2010

Photo was taken on July 22, and features the Hungarian Parliament building on the Pest bank of the Danube in Budapest. Jenny, Mary, and I spent five days in Budapest.

On this, the day before we left, we asked passersby to take our photo, while standing on the Buda bank. (One took a photo with his finger over the lens.) This was the best of the photos taken.

2009 Christmas photo 2009

Photo was taken on March 29, in Sedona, Arizona. Mountains shown include famed Coffee Pot Rock, complete with spout, on the right.

2008 Christmas photo 2008

Color-coded guide to 2008 photoPhoto was taken on the steps to our upper deck (rebuilt since similar photos in 1989 and 1998). We've added family friends Shane and Christina. The color-coded guide on the left tells part of the story.

But to fully appreciate the photo, you must read the real story behind this Photoshopped picture!

2007 Christmas photo 2007

Photo was taken on January 13 at the Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) in the Australian outback not far from Uluru (Ayers Rock).

2006 Christmas photo 2006

Photo was taken on January 20 in Valle de los Huskies near Ushuaia, Argentina, at the tip of South America. The pointed mountain on the left is Cerro Bonete (el 3,668 ft).

2005 Christmas photo 2005

(Left to right: Kirk, Cathy, Marion, Larry, Brian, Mary, David, Jenny) Photo was taken on Thanksgiving. Mary didn't like the composition. Marion should be with Brian but was hastily moved up front so she could be seen.

2004 Christmas photo 2004

We've added Marion. (Clockwise from top: Cathy, Brian, Marion, Larry, David, Mary, Jenny, Kirk) Photo was taken on Memorial Day. Cathy said, "I got an idea! Let's put the camera on the grass and gather around it." The grins on our faces show how hysterical we thought the idea was.

2003 Christmas photo 2003

We've added Kirk. (Clockwise from top: Jenny, Kirk, Cathy, Larry, Mary, David. Brian was living in London.) When we gather for these photos, I never know what's happening behind me. We're smiling but the kids are cracking up, having tired of the traditional stand at attention Christmas photos. It was a gray day but software turned the sky deep blue.

2002 Christmas photo 2002

(Brian was traveling in Nigeria.) Photo was taken in our backyard in late November.

2001 Christmas photo 2001

I worked in Freiburg, Germany, in the heart of the Black Forest for five months. Mary, her sister Teresa, and brother-in-law John visited me over Easter break, when this photo was taken. Fifty miles west of Freiburg, we were standing in the snow, only a stone's throw from the Continental Divide and the source of the Danube.

2000 Christmas photo 2000

Cathy, Brian, and I took a three week trip to visit England, Wales, Greece, and Italy. This mid-September photo was taken from the dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence, Italy.

1999 Christmas photo 1999

We've added Volker, my German son, third from right. In mid-May, Jenny got her J.D. from Northwestern Law School in central Chicago. The graduation ceremony was held on the cool and windy Navy Pier, where this photo was taken.

1998 Christmas photo 1998

(Jenny was at Northwestern Law School.) Photo was taken on Thanksgiving Day.

1997 Christmas photo 1997

The whole family is together in the back yard.

1996 Christmas photo 1996

(Jenny was at Northwestern Law School.) Photo was taken on Thanksgiving Day at Mary's parents' home in Riverside. David was 16 and unashamedly shows off his braces.

1995 Christmas photo 1995

In June Brian graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Computer Science. We proudly joined him at his graduation.

1994 Christmas photo 1994

(Jenny was still in Irving.) This Thanksgiving Day photo was taken in our family room in front of a display of Grandma Rogers' (1895-1989) cups, many of which have roses (for Rose) as decorations.

1993 Christmas photo 1993

(Jenny was living in Irving, Texas.) This Thanksgiving Day photo was taken in Mary's parents' back yard in Riverside.

1992 Christmas photo 1992

I recollect that this was our 1992 photo, but I don't have the card. I believe this was Cathy's June UCLA graduation day -- hence the flowers -- and we were at a Marina del Rey restaurant. Jenny had graduated in May from the University of Dallas.

1991 Christmas photo 1991

I took the easy way out this year. David was pleased to pose with Zandor. It's too bad Zandor was not equally enthusiastic.

1990 Christmas photo 1990

On a hot day in June Mary graduated from Cal State Northridge with an M.A. in Linguistics. Note the CSUN stone letters behind us.

1989 Christmas photo 1989

For the first of several Christmas photos, we gather on the steps to the upper deck in our back yard. Brian, 16, smiles through his braces.

1988 [missing]  
1987 Christmas photo 1987

Wearing our Easter finery, we really look nice, don't we? Max, our Viszla, on the far right, does not pose for photos, he told us later.

1986 Christmas photo 1986

For this photo, we took a walk to nearby Peppertree Park and found a tree. Naturally the boys offered to climb and sit in the tree. Whoops -- Mary is up there too. Jenny turned 16 this year.

1985 Christmas photo 1985

Max joined us for a climb part way up Conejo Mountain, which overlooks our house. That's Newbury Park behind us, and our home is off to the left but not visible. Cathy turned 16 early in the year.

1984 Christmas photo 1984

We're sitting around the umbrella table in our back yard.

1983 Christmas photo 1983

We're in front of the Stagecoach Inn Museum, a local historical attraction. The museum has been known to be gaily decorated at Christmas.

1982 Christmas photo 1982

The flash did not pick up the three kids well, as we sat in our living room for this Christmas photo.

1981 Christmas photo 1981

We gathered around the living room fireplace for this picture.

1980 Christmas photo 1980

We've only been in our new Newbury Home home only a couple months. Cathy is wearing a cast for an arm she broke from a roller skating spill. The brick fireplace surround sports some souvenirs we brought with us from England. Kids are so-o-o young:

  • Jenny, 10
  • David, 3 mo
  • Mary
  • Brian, 7
  • Larry
  • Cathy, (almost) 12
1979 [missing]


1978 Christmas photo 1978

We lived just over an hour from Stonehenge. We drove out here one fall day and took this photo. At that time the monument was unguarded and not a soul was around.