My favorite memories of growing up around Christmas time was going out to the woods with Dad on Christmas Eve to get our tree. Yes, he'd wait until Christmas Eve to go chop our tree down! He'd fire up the old tractor (like the one in this picture) and my little sister Brenda & I would hop on the back & ride down through the woods on our farm. That farm had 130 acres so there was lots & lots of trees there. He'd finally park & we'd walk around & decide which tree we wanted.... but Dad always liked the kind with the needles in the picture so that'd be the kind we would choose! He'd chop it down, hook a chain to it & drag it home behind the tractor.
Then the fun of decorating! Bubble lights! Stringing popcorn! Icicles! That picture of the little girl with the doll in front of the tree reminds me of one I have of me (somewhere). If I can find it I'll have Dana scan it.
In our stocking we'd usually get some nuts, a tangerine or an orange and a candy cane or two. Not like they're stuffed nowadays!
Oh I remember my very own brand new sled! What fun I had on that thing! Brenda & I both got one that year. Wow! Plus Jacks! I love playing Jacks! Was an expert! LOL Plus Old Maid.... Brenda & I'd sit & play for hours! Chinese Checkers... loved that one too. Plus regular Checkers.. Dad would beat us everytime! Wooly Willy. Remember that one? A little magnet wand that you could move around & give him "hair" & "hairy whiskers"! I still buy my Grandkids Wooly Willy for Christmas!
Of course we'd get wonderful games! Sorry, Aggravation, Go to the Head of the Class.... and SNAP! You'd better watch it or you'd get your hand slapped on that one! Plus pick up sticks...
We'd get baby dolls... these 3 dolls reminded me of the ones my sisters Shirley, Brenda & I would get. We'd play for hours with them. Then my sister got the Betty's Beauty Parlor Set.... that's the doll with all the accessories to fix her hair. Wow. Did we ever play & play with that one.
Then I got the ultimate doll..... a "Candy American Fashion Doll"... oh seeing this picture brought it all back to me! I loved dressing her.
We had a chihuahua (although she was black) named Mitzie... this doggy looks more like Polly's Lola!
This little cabin is my dream home... the village is where I want to live.. either there or in the woods! We'd always build a snowman or two.
Oh, and a snow fort! Would love having snowball fights behind one of those!
Mom always put a Christmas Village out under the tree. I do a village every year myself.
I could go on & on & on.... my family was the most important thing on Christmas Day to me... and still is. But as a kid... those toys & smells & memories.... it's magical! Thanks for letting me reminisce.