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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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Dolls That Did Something

Dolls That Did Something

The fresh faced kid with the Christmas glow in her eyes is me.  It was Christmas morning 1967. Each year Santa gave me a doll.  But, not just any doll.  I only wanted dolls that did something. This doll is Tippy Toes.  She could ride a bicycle, scoot on her horse, and she was learning to walk.  What a doll! (Submitted to Smile for the Camera, 19th Edition: Gifts) Melody LassalleGenealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and…

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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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Advent Calendar: Christmas Shopping

Advent Calendar: Christmas Shopping

My parents lived paycheck to paycheck. But, they always made sure we had a big Christmas. Our tree was never bare, though we might not get alot of stuff the rest of the year. Giving us Christmas took some finagling. My parents were never really into Christmas shopping, which seemed like one more hassle in their harried lives, so procrastination was a factor. More importantly, they each had to wait for the Christmas bonus check from work in order to…

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Advent Calendar: The Stockings Were Hung

Advent Calendar: The Stockings Were Hung

Okay, we didn’t have a chimney, but we did have stockings! My Mom went to the mall where a vendor would be putting names in glitter on red and white stockings. I can’t find a picture of them, but I remember they had a Santa on the front that was fashioned after the Hallmark Santa of the late 1960s and early 1970s. When we decorated the house (probably the day after Halloween–LOL), the stockings were hung on the wall. All…

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