Advent Calendar: The Lost Pajamas

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(Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories Day 10: Gifts) As I wrote about my doll, Tippy Toes, for the Smile for the Camera Edition #19, I thought I’d bring back my story about Grandma’s pajamas.  Though the pajamas weren’t necessarily my favorite gifts to receive (what five year old dreams of pajamas?), but they do bring … Continued

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The Year Our Outdoor Decorations Almost Downed Airplanes

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(This is day 5 of the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Outdoor Decorations…In Memory of my Dad) When I was growing up in the late 1960s and early 1970s, almost everyone in our neighborhood put up Christmas lights.  Each house had one strand of big colored light bulbs and that was that. We had two … Continued

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Advent Calendar: Christmas Cards

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(This is day 4 in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories) I remember sitting down and watching my Mom write out Christmas cards.  They went to family and friends, some we hadn’t seen all year, but they were remembered with a card. I used to wait eagerly each day to see what cards came in … Continued

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We celebrate birthdays

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[I am working my way backward through Amy Coffin’s 52 weeks of Abundant Genealogy because I wasn’t paying attention at the beginning of the year.  This is my entry for week #26…Family Traditions] Birthdays are important in my family.  When we were growing up, money was tight.  My parents often lived paycheck to paycheck.  But, … Continued

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Dear Santa

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(Day 6 of the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Santa Claus) Each year around the end of October I began bugging my Mom about writing Santa.  She would relent just before Thanksgiving. Usually around that time, the Sears toy catalog would arrive.  The five of us would salivate over the pages, dreaming for things like … Continued

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