Christmas always makes me feel a bit nostalgic. I’ve been thinking about my favorite Christmas memories from my childhood as well as my favorite Christmas memories with my husband and our girls. I thought it might be fun for my readers to join me on a journey through my favorite Christmas memories.
The “I want a stuft puppy and a baton” Christmas – When I was in 2nd grade, I wrote a letter to Santa. I asked him to bring me a stuft puppy. Santa wasn’t planning on giving me a stuft puppy. But since he didn’t want to disappoint me on Christmas morning, he made a last-minute trip to get a stuft puppy. Santa gave me the best stuft puppy ever.
That same Christmas I asked Mom & Dad to get me a baton. I was so excited when I woke up on Christmas morning and found it under the tree. I started twirling it with the wrapping paper still on it. I had my stuft puppy and a new baton. I was a girl who had it all.
The “I got you an egg” Christmas – It was 1979 and I kept asking my older sister “What did you get me for Christmas?” Every time I asked the question, I got the same answer. She would say “An egg”. I would get so aggravated at her because I knew I was not getting an egg for Christmas. She truly enjoyed every moment of teasing me. On Christmas morning I opened her package and sure enough it was an egg. It was a glass egg with Ziggy on it that said “Joy to the World….and especially to you!” Santa brought presents for my sister that year. I thought she had been pretty naughty, but apparently Santa knew something I didn’t know. I still have my Ziggy egg and I get it out every Christmas.
The “What in the World is in that great big box” Christmas – It was Christmas 1979. My sisters and I were just about to lose our minds trying to figure out what was in a huge box. The three of us tore into that box on Christmas morning and we were absolutely in heaven when we discovered that we had our very own TV to put in our bedroom. The TV hadn’t been in our bedroom very long at all and it disappeared. Mom said we were fighting constantly about what we were going to watch and it was driving her and Dad crazy. So, the TV went to Mom & Dad’s bedroom. Rats! It’s really not a good idea to put three sisters in the same bedroom.
The “Dad decided to make Mom a stocking” Christmas – One Christmas my Dad decided to make Mom a stocking. He had the stocking hidden in the basement. We watched in awe as Dad pulled Mom’s stocking up the steps. It was a pair of pantyhose filled with apples, oranges, caramels and peanuts. Dad was at the top of the stairs holding the waistband and the bottom of the pantyhose was nowhere to be seen. It’s truly amazing how many apples, oranges, peanuts, and caramels you can stuff into a pair of pantyhose without the pantyhose tearing.
The “I remembered the jewelry box that you wanted a year ago” Christmas – On New Year’s Day 1991, Brett and I went shopping. I had some Christmas money and I wanted to buy a jewelry box. I fell in love with one at Service Merchandise. I took one of the bar-coded pull tags for the jewelry box and we went and stood in an extremely long line. After an eternity had passed it was finally my turn to pay for my jewelry box. I handed the cashier my pull tag and she started the process of getting my jewelry box from the stockroom. I was horrified when she told me that they didn’t have any more of the jewelry boxes. We had stood in line for a very long time only to find out that I wasn’t going to get my jewelry box. Brett wanted to keep shopping and see if we could find the jewelry box at another store, but I was tired and totally irritated, so we went home.
The next Christmas Brett handed me a package to open. As I tore the wrapping paper off, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was the exact same jewelry box that I had wanted nearly a year ago. He had been shopping at JcPenney and he stumbled across it accidentally. I cried over that jewelry box. Yes, I was very happy to finally have my jewelry box. But the real gift was that I’m married to a man who could remember what the jewelry box looked like when he hadn’t seen it in a year.
The “I want a dollhouse and everything that goes in the dollhouse or I’m going to cry” Christmas Taylor was almost 3 years old when she asked for a dollhouse for Christmas. She told her Daddy that she needed the doll house and everything that went in the dollhouse or she was going to cry. We went to Toys R Us to get the dollhouse and Brett started cleaning off the shelves. He put every single person and every piece of furniture into the cart. There was no way that he was going to let his only daughter in the whole world cry on Christmas morning. She was all smiles and a little bit spoiled that Christmas.
The “My daughter is a kangaroo” Christmas – Yep…..it’s true. Brynna was a kangaroo in our church’s Christmas musical in 2002. I was one proud Mommy. I was the only one who could say “That absolutely adorable kangaroo belongs to me”. Isn’t she cute?
The “Daddy needs a stretchy alligator” Christmas – When Brynna was 3, I asked her what she wanted to get her Daddy for Christmas. Without hesitation she said she wanted to get him a stretchy alligator. We had recently been to Toys R Us and Brynna and her Daddy had a lot of fun playing with the stretchy reptiles. It was the perfect gift for Brynna to give him. What 34-year-old man wouldn’t want a stretchy alligator for Christmas? It brought a smile to his face when he opened his gift from Brynna. He didn’t get to play with his stretchy alligator though. He sort of disappeared and ended up hanging out with Brynna, a stretchy lizard, and a stretchy turtle.
The “All I want is a flamingo movie” Christmas – When Hope was 5 years old she saw a flamingo movie at Walmart. Every time anyone asked her what she wanted for Christmas she would say “a flamingo movie”. I didn’t think she would actually sit and watch this flamingo movie because it wasn’t a cartoon. But I bought it anyway because it was the only thing that she wanted for Christmas. Oh, how she loved that flamingo movie. She watched it over and over and over and over again.
The “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” Christmas – There’s nothing cuter than twin girls missing their two front teeth on Christmas.
The “I want a rubber chicken” Christmas – When Mikayla & Hope were 7 years old they both wanted a rubber chicken for Christmas. Yep….you heard me correctly. They wanted a rubber chicken. I began to search every store for rubber chickens and I couldn’t find them anywhere. I had lost all hope that I was going to make our girls Christmas dream come true. Then I realized where I needed to look. I was relieved to find that you can buy really cheap rubber chickens on Ebay. It’s amazing how many smiles and giggles you can get from two little girls who pull a rubber chicken out of their stockings on Christmas morning.
I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas. May your Christmas be filled with smiles, laughter, and joy.