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Advent Calendar: The Lost Pajamas

Advent Calendar: The Lost Pajamas

(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 back some of the warmest memories. It was a tradition to receive handmade pajamas from Grandma Lassalle.  It was also a tradition for Grandma to…

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The Year Our Outdoor Decorations Almost Downed Airplanes

The Year Our Outdoor Decorations Almost Downed Airplanes

(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 decorations.  A Snowman and a Santa Calus that looked like they were made out of pasta and then were painted. Towards my late teens the…

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Advent Calendar: Christmas Cards

Advent Calendar: Christmas Cards

(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 the mail.  It was so much fun to see the different stamps and then see what kind of card the person sent.  Was it one…

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We celebrate birthdays

We celebrate birthdays

[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, they always made sure we had presents and a party for our birthday.  Parties back then weren’t like today.  It wasn’t necessary to spend $500…

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa

(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 the Disneyland amusement park set or go carts.  We were cajoled into dreaming a little lower. We were told that we could only ask Santa…

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