Alabama-grown Christmas trees
When our daughters were young, the Christmas season officially began for our family just after Thanksgiving when we’d load up and drive to a tree farm. We’d select a tree, cut it down, and bring it home to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening decorating it with family ornaments accumulated year after year, as well as new ones every year made by the girls from popsicle sticks or cotton balls.
Making magical moments
Most little girls wear shorts and T-shirts on the weekends, but not 6-year-old Anya Montelara of Wetumpka. Her standard weekend attire is a little pink dress imprinted with Disney’s stable of princesses on the front, a row of frilly ruffles on the bottom and a pink tiara headband adorned with crystals.
But little Anya isn’t like most 6-year-old little girls. Anya was born with tibial hemimelia, a rare congenital anomaly in which a child is born without an intact tibia bone.