Advent Calendar: December 10 – Christmas Gifts

In this installment of the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories, our daily prompt is “Christmas Gifts.”  Today, I’d like to share two pictures of me with some of my Christmas gifts

First, here I am in 1980 when I was 5 years old.  I remember getting this needlework set and I just loved it! I was 5 here and I do believe this was the part of my initial spark for needlework! (see my cross-stitch projects here)

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Me - December 1980

And, another picture of me in Christmas, 1982 when I was 7.  This was the year I got my Barbie RV too – ooh, how I loved that toy! In this particular picture, I’m holding up my Snoopy pajamas I got.

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Me - December 1982

Then, there was the year my mother dressed up as a gift for a work holiday party.  They were having a contest for the “best gift” and needless to say, my mother won :-)

My mother - December 1996

My mother - December 1996

Advent Calendar: December 6 – Santa Claus

This is another post for my Advent of Christmas Calendar Memories.  Here on Day 6, the prompt is as follows:  Did you ever send a letter to Santa? Did you ever visit Santa and “make a list?” Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

Me & Santa Claus at my father's company Christmas party around 1984.

Me & Santa Claus at my father's company Christmas party around 1984.

I don’t know if I’ve ever written a letter to Santa, but I do remember making lists.  I don’t feel like I have enough to really post about that specifically, so, instead I share this picture – I think it is my only one with Santa.

Advent Calendar: December 1 – The Christmas Tree

I’ve never participated in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories before, so this will be fun for me this year.  I won’t be doing all the days, but I’ll do some as I can.  I am beginning to get in the Christmas spirit as I look at some of my old pictures, so this should be fun!

The theme for today, December 1 is “The Christmas Tree.” We are to discuss our family/ancestors’ Christmas tree.  Well, I honestly have no idea what my ancestors did for Christmas trees – I’ll have to ask my parents about that one, but in my own family, most of the Christmas trees we had were when I was very young.  I believe we had mostly artificial trees too..

Here is a picture of me in December 1977 at our apt in New York; I was two years old at the time.  Can I just say that I LOVED the fact that our walls were pink and the trim blue??

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Later in the day, we would go to my paternal grandmother’s house.   Here I am at her house, posing.

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My mother tells me that I walked in and said, “Hi! Where’s my present?”  Well, at least I said Hi first :-).  And, here is another picture from that day with my grandmother and aunt Ella.  Looks like grandma’s tree was probably an artificial one?

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My thoughts on Christmas trees now? I don’t do them; I just don’t have the inclination to put a tree up, decorate it, etc.    I did try one year just for Kaleya, but the cats made it their personal playground, so that was nixed fairly quickly.  Who knows, maybe in a few years I’ll come back around.