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When I show prints of Mother’s (Marion Gunderson) Santa, right off the bat I explain that Santa isn’t one of Mother’s best works. As a matter of fact, the original had been passed by and left in a portfolio in a closet at Gunderland until Christmas Day of 2003. Santa needed a makeover.
Mother moved to Rolfe’s (Iowa) nursing home the fall of 2003. In December that year she was still well enough to spend a few hours with family at Gunderland (the farm) on Christmas Day.
After she returned to the Rolfe Care Center that day, several of us family members perused Mother’s portfolios. I fell in love with Santa. Within days, Mother granted me permission to have Santa in my home.
In November of 2004 I had Santa matted and framed. Later that month, I took Santa to the Rolfe Care Center so Mother could visualize the mats and moulding I had chosen for Santa. more…