I thought of this a few weeks back while sitting by Ben & Tricia's Christmas tree and just sorta reflecting and whatnot...
I was reminded of it by all the kid-made things they have on their tree.
Thirty years ago this month, Mr. Smith asked his 6th grade class (which included me) to make ornaments for his tree. He wanted us to put our names on them, so when he looked at them years later, he could say, "Oh yes, Mark Riggs, I remember when he was in my class."
I'm pretty sure he didn't use me as an example, but you get the idea. He said something like that and used a kid as an example.
I remember I put one of my 6th grade pictures on my ornament, to help him remember me.
While sitting and staring at Ben & Tricia's tree, I wondered if Mr. Smith still has that ornament (and the one Tricia and the rest of the class made, for that matter). Speaking as a teacher, probably not. Speaking as a packrat, it's possible.
So it remains a holiday mystery.