Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Home Goods giveaway!


This giveaway has officially ended. Thank-you for your wonderful comments! 

Congrats, Polly from Make Mine Beautiful! 

(name was redrawn as I couldn't reach original winner)

signmakergirl@hotmail.com


One of my very favorite memories as a child on Christmas was running up to the tree first thing in the morning and seeing all that long sparkly tinsel and huge colourful glass lights with those big metal reflectors.

For they held the promise to a very exciting day filled with ....presents. :)


I still remember getting Chrissy, which I still have,


and Tippy Toes. 


Oh! And those cute Liddle Kiddles!! 


I still have my EasyBake Oven too. :)

It's so fun to think back during those days gone by, isn't it? And now we get to create those types of memories in just a few short days!

Do you have room for one more present and memory?


I have in my hands a Home Goods $50 gift certificate.

And it needs to go to a happy American shopper!

So....

~ Anyone can enter to win!  ~

Just promise to send it to your favorite American friend that lives near a Home Goods if you aren't one and you win, ok?


 Tell me what you loved most about Christmas when you were a kiddo and you're in!

Winner will be deemed for the Christmas Story SNS, Fri, Dec 31st.

Merry Christmas, and good luck!

201 comments:

  1. I'll be honest, I loved the presents, and giving gifts, and wrapping the gifts. I even wrapped my own gifts!

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  2. My favorite thing was spending the night at my Mamaw and Papaw's with my cousins and waking up to the smell of coffee and cinnamon rolls in the morning. Because all the cousins were there gifts covered the whole living room floor. My Papaw would pass each one out individually. It would take forever, but it was so much fun seeing what everyone got. Merry Christmas Donna and Congratulations. You're awesome and daring and one-of-a-kind.

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  3. My favorite thing about Christmas is either opening the gifts or giving my presents to my family (Usually homemade). Every year my mom gives each of us $100. And the first year she did this we didn't know about it. There were boxes EVERYWHERE. And we shook them like crazy and couldn't figure out what the heck was in them. She stuck 5 and 1 dollar bills in their own box. It was the best Christmas ever :)

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  4. Hey Donna. Oh, how I love shopping at the Home Store and I could make up for all that broke time that's pasted with this!

    I love this post just because I remember everyone of those wonderful toys you've shown. I'd just about forgot about the Liddle Kiddies. Gosh I can still remember buying them, oh what good memories. You've made me happy tonight. And LOVED my Easy Bake Oven but did not have the patience for that locking door.

    My favorite memories were day putting the lights on the tree and all of us, my sister, Mom and Dad decorating it together. I also loved shopping and gift wrapping the presents. That never went away. And Christmas eve gathering with my Mothers family for finger foods and gifts, it was so festive. Even though we had dinner with them the next day that was always so exciting.

    Thanks for a chance to enter. Hugs...Tracy :)
    cottonpickincute@hotmail.com

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  5. My favorite Christmas kid memory has to be the scavenger hunt my mom always had for me to do as the last present, right before my "big" (in size, not necessarily price) gift would magically appear and be placed under the tree. Props to dad for the assist with that one. Each clue was a little rhyme. As I figured them out I ran from place to place in the house. Each spot held a little present, like a pack of gum or mints, and a new clue. The 2nd to last clue always took me farthest from the tree, giving my dad plenty of time to bring in the gift. It was tons of fun! How my mom came up with new rhyming clues each year is beyond me!

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  6. My favorite Christmas memory is when I was five. We left our home in Virginia to spend Christmas with my grandmother in Pennsylvania. I had gone to bed and probably slept for a couple of hours when I woke up and started thinking that maybe I had not been a good girl and maybe Santa wasn't going to bring me anything. I came downstairs in my pink footie pajamas wiping tears from my eyes. My parents were dressed and ready to go to midnight Christmas Eve services. I remember so clearly that they were already in coats and scarves. My mother asked "Suzie, what's wrong? Do you feel sick?" I just sniffed and told her what made me so sad. (I know now that both my parents were biting the inside of their cheeks when I told the story just so they would not laugh at me!) My momma told me that she was sure Santa knew that I had MEANT to be a good girl and she was also sure that there would be something for me under the tree. She gave me a hug & kiss and then my dad carried me back upstairs and tucked me back in bed. I fell asleep waiting to hear the hoof beats on the roof!

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  7. Tinsel on tree, the excitement of going to bed on Christmas Eve, waiting in the hallway the next morning for everyone to take a bathroom break before we could run to the tree. Five kids that seemed to take and eternity. Now December 31st is also my birthday! I just happen to love homegoods too!

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  8. My favorite memory was the Christmas that I knew what I was getting and I could not wait for it! I pestered and cried and threw fits until I wore my parents down and they finely gave in! It was a snowmobile, Ski Doo, used, and this was going back about45 years ago. I was so happy! I think I put a thousand miles on that sled. The whole family would dress for outside and take turns on it and just have the most fun.
    Now my dad has passed, last Dec. 27, and my mom is now in the hospital with a stroke, so she won't be home for Christmas. So that memory will be in my mind through this Holiday.
    Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on the spread in the magazine! It's great!
    Have a very Merry Christmas.

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  9. at christmas my mom would cook every goodie imaginable. I loved to be in the kitchen snitching, watching and anticipating the next treat. my mom has gone on to be with the Lord now and ever christmas as I am the one baking, I think of her.

    May God Bless you this Christmas
    jodie (hnkls4him@sbcglobal.net)

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  10. oh i just was going through pictures of me when i was a little thing and found the picture of the year i got my playhouse!! i played with that thing day in and day out....reason it being so special was the last gift i got from my grandparents, grandma died following march and grandpa didn't do the gift thing....i still have my playhouse :)

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  11. OMG - I forgot about those liddie kiddies! I can't remember if I had one but my friends did and I would visit them all the time to play with theirs. My favorite memory of Christmas when i was younger was the anticipation on Christmas Eve. Everything about the day was magical - and believing in Santa was so much fun. My favorite gift of all time was a greenhouse and I was growing flowers when I was 8 years old. Unfortuantely I don't know what happened to it but I used it all the time and can't find anything like it now.

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  12. We never spent Christmas at home. We always slept at my maternal grandparents (paternal grandparents lived 10 miles away from then, and we lived 4 hours) with my cousins. I remember all the family being together. Toys weren't a huge thing. I mean, I loved my toys don't get me wrong. But my families were together & those were the greatest of times. Now that mostly everyone has passed away - those Christmas' are even more special. I would take one of those Christmas' over getting any presents any day.

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  13. First up, I love, love, love Home Goods! Favorite memory, all the toys of my childhood - Chatty Cathy, Skipper and Scooter, Easy Bake Oven, the doll who came with the hair salon chair and I could put her hair in rollers and style it, all the board games ... I loved all my toys!

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  14. Well, I don't celebrate Christmas so I don't have a Christmas story, but I have always gone away for that weekend to a Christian retreat. I think my most memorable experience is of a friend. She is an older lady, and she like the old fashioned way of doing things. It bothered her that some things were becoming a lost art. She decided to do something about it. She put together little sewing kits. Included in each was a small 5-7 inch hoop, a needle, embroidery thread in various colors, a piece of muslin with a pattern or verse on it, and instructions on different basic embroidery stitches. She gave these to an girls who wanted them, from married on down to 3 years old! I would have to say, looking back, that she had a big part in inspiring my love of sewing and all things crafty! My mom tells me that I started doing her embroidery packets when I was 4, and kept doing them until I was a teen. I spent many hours at her side learning how to do the different stitches. Honestly, I don't embroider very well, at least not in my opinion, but I have always remembered the hours spent with L and loved every minute of them! A few years ago a few of our moms got together and decided to make L a quilt out of various embroidered pieces from all the kids she helped. It was a success! They had enough to make a king size quilt, and pillow shams. L loved it! It also made us realize just how many lives she had impacted in this way. She also taught many of us to crochet, draw, and other various crafty things! So, there you have it, my favorite memory!

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  15. My parents did an amazing job of creating a magical Christmas. It was always filled with candle light, music, anticipation, bible reading,yummy food and great presents. I hope I create that same sense of wonder for my kids.

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  16. My favorite thing about Christmas was opening our stockings. My mom knitted us all stockings yet she used too big of needles. They are HUGE! At least 3 feet long! They were filled to the max with little goodies (makeup, 45 records before cd's (I'm old), undies, socks...) and candy. The orange at the toe stretched it to the floor. Everything in the stocking was wrapped as well so opening the stockings took a good bit of time between the 4 of us. Believe we still got our stockings until we were about 21!! What fun!

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  17. My favorite Christmas memory is going to sleep the night before - My sister and I would always sleep together because we were so excited and I remember waking up several times that night to listen to Santa, of course! We would get up so so early (my poor parents).. it was so fun!
    thanks for the giveaway!!
    clsch6@gmail.com

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  18. My favorite Christmas memory is baking cookies with my grandma-she was 'famous' for her orange flavored cookies. My grandma was a perfectionist so she always baked a single 'test cookie' before putting a full cookie sheet into the oven! :)

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  19. Every Christmas was the same, and I loved that. Us girls, three of us, would sit at the top of the stairs and yell down to mom and dad if it was okay to get up and check our stockings. While they rolled out of bed, got the coffee pot started, and ran outside for a quick cigarette (they have both since quit thank goodness), we would be allowed only as far as the bottom of the stairs to dig into our stockings. Our eyes would get big because we could see the goodies under the tree just feet away, but we had to be patient.

    I was the present passer-outer. Another lesson in being patient. We each got a present in our laps and then one by one we would each open our present, ooh and aah over whatever the other one got, and then tear into our own. Patience. A hard thing for a kid on Christmas, but we enjoyed the morning slowly peacefully...for the most part. :)

    We try and do the same thing with our son now, just enjoy the day together.

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  20. Oh my gosh! What memories you just brought back for me. I had all of those dolls and toys except my version of Tippy Toes was called Baby Go ByeBye. I loved that doll. Here's a memory for you: When I was little, I cut Chrissy's hair because I thought it would keep growing. Imagine my surprise...and my mother's surprise. I still have her with her short hair cut. I might even still have the box too. What fun memories. Thanks so much!

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  21. Christmas represented a time when family meant something strong and solid. My family, while I was growing up, was in a tumultuous state, yet there was always hope springing new for us around Christmas time. Mom would be baking, Dad would be singing and playing his guitar, everyone was in anticipation of how their taste buds would be satisfied, how their dream gifts would show up and how, perhaps, for just a moment in our home, with the twinkling lights, the aromas, the sounds, LOVE would show up. Our hearts had invited it in. For Christmas Eve and through Christmas day we were a complete family; loving, giving, receiving, laughing, in spite of what else was going on. We belonged to one another and it mattered.

    Today, I am blessed beyond words to say that I not only have LOVE at Christmas time but every other day of the year. Decisions made to create this for our sons and ourselves and those around us, making the sacrifices necessary to ensure that LOVE is always invited in and a constant dweller in our lives and in our home and in our hearts is making all the difference.

    Two very different scenarios. One with hope. The other with hope realized.

    Merry Christmas!

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  22. One of my favorite things was my Polish Grandmother's homemade perogi for Christmas Eve dinner.

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  23. My favorite part of Christmas was getting up early and just sitting downstairs in the dark with the Christmas lights on! It always seemed almost magical to me! We also were able to open our stockings before our parents got up, it always had oranges and nuts in the bottom and one or two little trinkets to keep us busy.

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  24. My favorite part of Christmas was how big the holiday seemed. It was such a celebration! We would attend church as a family, open gifts (4 times!), take a road trip to great grandma's, and even have our very own visit from Santa. I just love that everything was on such a grand scale for just a few days :)

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  25. I loved the anticipation. And the sparkly lights. And the presents :) My family too!

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  26. Home Goods is one of my favorites and I'd love to win!! (Also, I really like your blog - I love junk to repurpose and you inspire me!)

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  27. I would love to be entered because
    I LOVE Home Goods!!!

    xoxo
    Lori

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  28. Thanks for being so generous in giving away your giveaway!
    I wish I could relate to the wonderful toys you wrote about in your post. Coming from England I never got the opportunity to be exposed to all the treats you had in the States. I remember being quite poor growing up in the early 60's and Christmas was never quite the production it was here in America. But the holidays are always remembered fondly as a time when we all had the chance to be together and share in what little we could afford. Thankfully, we were given so much love and affection it didn't seem to matter that we were 'poor'. I lost one of my sisters this time last year, and my nephew, so this Christmas will be a time of reflection and an opportunity to remember all the special times we shared together, with or without presents.
    Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a fabulous new year!

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  29. can you believe we didn't celebrate Christmas when I was a child?? But now my fave thing to do with my family is rent a cabin somewhere, exchange a few small gifts, and make lots of memories!

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  30. I loved that my mom always gave me some kind of craft as one of my gifts. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. Congratulations on all the features and thanks for sharing your Home Goods gift card.

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  32. Thanks for this opportunity! I loved the pretty bubble lights on our Christmas tree, I would lay under the tree and watch them forever!

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  33. My favorite Christmas memory is one Christmas Eve when I was about 4 yrs. old, my mom put me in the car & took me to town to pick up my sister who was working in a clothing store. As we waited for her to get off work, it began to snow heavily. I asked my Mom what was happening, and she said Mrs. Santa Claus was at the North Pole shaking the snow off her rugs in preparation for the Elves' Christmas Eve! Fifty-three years later, I still remember that everytime I see snow falling. One of my most precious memories of my mom.

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  34. I loved baking cookies with my mom. She had quite the assortment going. Also, my fathers scraggly old tree, which I didn't really like at the time, but brings back such memories. He would just take either the top of the long need pines or some saplings and tie them together to form a tree! He was thrifty way before it was in vogue!

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  35. oh donna lucky you ;). my favorite memories are Christmas morn when my littlest sis was staring at the tree her crib was across the room and she was less than a month. also making cookies with my daughter.

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  36. Being raised in HOlland it was the days before Christmas that brought gifts. Dec. 5 on the 6th to be exact. It was a lot smaller then American chrismas. But i remember being so good and eating everything i didn't like on the non dec. days.
    Dolls... i remember loving my dolls. And hoping i would get another one in my shoe. (Where Sinterklaas would leave his gifts)

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  37. My memories of childhood Christmas R not very clear. I can remember that the day before Christmas Grandfather would take us out so that we could choose a cedar tree for a Christmas tree. Then, we'd take it back to the house and decorate with home made decorations. Of course, there were no lights. We would make those red/green chains. The next morning with the fireplace going & hot chocolate, we would C presents under the tree. I don't remember much after that. Merry Christmas

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  38. My favorite Christmas memory is of all the baked goods, cracking the nuts in the shell, and the holiday spirit that the five kids created every year! The presents were nice of course, but the weeks leading up to Christmas made it special.

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  39. I always loved Christmas growing up. My most cherished memory is the year I got a puppy. I asked every relative if they gave it to me knowing my Mom would never! Everyone said they wouldn't have dared go against my mother to get me the puppy. I had just turned eight and my Mom couldn't bear that I didn't still believe in Santa that year. The surefire way she could give me that one extra year was getting a puppy. It worked and I cherish that memory of my Mom and what she was all about!

    Thanks Donna

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  40. My favorite gift memories have to be my Barbie camper and my Indian bead loom. The bead loom I used to make bracelets, it was so much fun to use. But the best part of Christmas was when my Dad would take me to pick out the Christmas tree. I loved that he trusted me to pick it out at such a young age and now that he's gone, it's one of my favorite memories.

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  41. my favorite christmas was when i was 12.. my brother,who was 7, was returned to us. my mom and dad had an ugly abusive relationship. he took my brother when he was 4 and was simply gone. we woke on that christmas morning to someone knocking on the door and it was my brother, standing there so small and bewildered. i don't know why my dad decided to bring him back that christmas, i just know that he did all and thats all that matters.

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  42. My most favorite memories were opening up our stockings as it still is.....the little goodies hidden deep in the toe and its always chaulked full to the brim :)Also when I was a kid....just when u think everything had been opened, and all was done, my dad would come in and say WOW! look what I found from santa outside!!! and come in with the grand finale that we thought we were not going to get on our wish list.....I love the whole build up on the eve of Christmas and am always sad the following day when all the sparkle of excitement from everyone has passed.Merry Christmas!!!

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  43. My brother and I got tons of gifts. Christmas was a magical time and I remember crying because carolers woke me and I thought santa wouldn't come if I was awake...;0

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  44. Ah! It erased me :( I'll try again! My best memory BY FAR!! Was the year my sisters and brother and I ALL had the worst chicken pox EVER!! And we knew it was a terrible year for Mom and Dad and that they were struggling. But when we woke up that morning, SUPRISE!! Sitting next to the tree were toys beyond belief - a toy kitchen and more toy food and accessories than I ever knew existed!! It wasn't until we were adults we learned Mom had scored the mother load at a second-hand store!! It was the most magical Christmas I've ever had!! I can't even put into words what a special day it was :)

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  45. I loved spending time at my grandparents house with my cousins. We had such fun playing 'spoons' and slap jack. My grandparents also had kept the games my mom and aunt and uncle played with as kids. We felt so "cool" playing with our parents games such as double Hi-Q, tic tac dough and the mouse trap game. Every visit, we always completed a puzzle with my grandfather who was deaf.

    As much as I would love to win the home goods gift card, I feel like I won just remembering how great it was to be a kid. My goal is to not get caught up in all that I have to do in the next few days but to really enjoy spending time making memories with my own kids! Happy Holidays! Karen

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  46. I loved that my little brother would sit outside on a big rock and listen for Santas bells. I loved that my Dad would have us wait while he "checked" to see if Santa really came...(he was turning on the Christmas tree lights) I loved that we would visit my grandparents after we had opened all our gifts!

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  47. I loved just the whole feeling of Christmas. One specific Christmas present I remember was my Barbie Dream House. Oh, my..I was one happy girl!

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  48. I loved getting all dressed up and eating dinner around my grandmother's HUGE table! No matter how many times our family grew, she always found room at the table. Now that she is gone, this is the thing I miss the most!

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  49. My favorite thing is to watch everyone open their presents...I love the look on their faces!

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  50. My favorite thing about Christmas' growing up was the family dinners. All the aunts, uncles, and cousins would come to our house. It was so much fun. I remember getting really excited as soon as the first car pulled in the driveway. There was always so much laughter - oh how I miss those days. I had an aunt that could eat you out of house and home, but she only weighed about 100 pounds. My dad used to pull out the Farmer's Almanac and joke that he was checking to see when Aunt Ruby was going to stop eating.
    There was so much love around those dinner tables!

    My most memorabel Christmas growing up was when my mom and dad got me and my sister jumping shoes. It was hilarious. You strapped them to your shoes and just start jumping. We fell over and over, and I remember my parents laughing so hard they were crying. My dad filmed it but it was so shaky from him laughing. Every few years I pull out those old 8mm movies and watch them on the projector. There's nothing like watching childhood movies from old movie reels. Oh, the memories......

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  51. Christmas Stockings!!! my grandmother's were the best! She had a knack for filling them with the best stuff...nothing expensive...just way cool! Crayons, coloring books, little girl make up and smell good stuff from Avon!

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  52. Growing up we didn't have a lot of money at Christmas......so we would wait until Christmas Eve to but our tree....because they were dirt cheap....lol. My favorite memory has to be all of the "Charlie Brown" trees we used to decorate on Christmas Eve night, because we loved those shabby sad looking ones just as much as we would have a big beautiful expensive tree:)

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  53. Where to begin??? Watching Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer...going into the "woods" to cut down a tree...standing at the window looking at the sky trying to see Santa...caroling at local nursing homes...the magical look on my grandfather's face as everyone opened their gifts (a child-like joy...oh how I miss him!)...the church Christmas pageant and so MUCH more! Yes...Christmas was a magical time!

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  54. There was something magical about going to "sleep" and my brothers waking me up at 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning to see what Santa brought. OH the excitement!! And then we had to wake our parents... which mom had already stayed up all night wrapping and sitting stuff out. We each had a "station" in the living room where mom would leave unwrapped toys and things out for us... (her displays~ha!). My station was the piano and chair/ottoman.

    My favorite toys were Barbies, Star Wars figures and match box cars. Yes... I had tom- boy in me! But I did have dolls, too. Still have most all of it!

    And then there was the roast beast feast... but it was a turkey instead... ha! My mom made a huge family Christmas lunch/dinner for 5 every year... And then there was my mom's homemade fruit cake... I know most people hate it and make fun of fruit cake... but I love my mom's!! She still makes some every year for each of us!

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  55. I loved my Barbie Camper. DD has the 2010 version and I was so happy to see the 1973 version on the box! I also loved my Baby Tender Love with that rubbery skin. Still have her, but she's a little crisp. :) I still have my turquoise Easy Bake Oven, in fact it was in my kitchen for quite a while when I was in my red/turquoise kitchen phase. I do remember all of those Christmas mornings so well.

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  56. My favorite thing was opening all our fun gifts together as a family, to be honest! :)

    And watching its a wonderful life at least twice Christmas morning tops my list too

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  57. I forgot about Little Kiddles--I loved them and can smell them even now. My favorite memory from my childhood was that Santa would come around our neighborhood on a firetruck and hand out candy canes. One year I got to ride on the truck with him, it was so much fun!

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  58. I loved coming around the hallway first thing in the morning and seeing the Xmas tree lights were already on!

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  59. We must be about the same age. I have Chrissy and had kiddles too! I think the magic of Christmas is what I remember as a kid. The decorations, seeing Santa at the mall, and he made an appearance at my house too and of course the presents! New toys were of course my favorite gifts. Please enter me for the homegoods card. Love that store!

    -Danielle

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  60. My greatest memory is the pure anticipation and excitement.
    I always looked forward to out little family Christmas on Christmas morning, then heading to my Grandparents house to celebrate with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and many cousins.
    My favorite toy was getting one of the little dolls from the Honey Hill Bunch that I collected.

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  61. Ha! That Beautiful Crissy doll brings back some memories as does the Easy Bake oven!! One of my favorite memories was the year I received a *giant* dollhouse kit (rather than a finished dollhouse) because my mother knew I would want to build it myself. :-) And I did including the installation of tiny tile on the floors and wallpaper on the walls. Thanks so much for this giveaway and Happy Holidays!

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  62. I had a cabbage patch kid that went everywhere with me. That had to be one of my favs. for sure!
    ~Heidi

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  63. That's easy, Chocolate covered peanut butter bon bons! They are so easy to make and YUMMMMMMMY. My Mom makes them every Christmas in massive quantities.

    Doesn't help the whole "how to fit the tush into the jeans post Christmas" problem but boy are they yummo!

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  64. I loved riding around looking at the houses decorated for Christmas. I remember Crissy, too. My friend Christy, had one. I got a lot of stuff for Christmas because I was a spoiled only-child brat, but for some reason the things I remember aren't gifts, but time my little family and I spent together.

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  65. My favorite memories as a kid were making home made presents for the family. We didn't have alot of money, but I took pride in making gifts, from a young girl on!
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  66. We had a really big family and we'd all go to my grandmothers house for Christmas. I remember after all the gifts were open there would be this huge pile of wrapping paper in the middle of the room and the kids would swim in it. It was a great ending.

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  67. My favorite thing about Christmas as a kid was the tradition my mom and I had that started when i was probably two years old...we bake our special Peanut Blossom cookies and then watch John Denver and the Muppets Christmas special from the 70s. Every. Single. Year. Now, we watch it with my son. :)

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  68. Liddle Kiddles!!!!
    I just let you a comment on Facebook and then I come over here and see Liddle Kiddles!!
    My sister and I had those too!!! In fact I think I still have a few in my Barbie box. We used Liddle Kiddles as Barbie babies.

    My favorite memory is the excitement of going to bed Christmas eve, knowing that Santa was coming!

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  69. I totally remember all the items you mentioned. But I had a Velvet doll, my sister got the Chrissy doll. I wish I had some of my childhood toys. But I do not. My favorite thing about Christmas as a child was being too excited to go to sleep on Christmas eve. My brothers, sisters and I would take flashlights to bed with us. Santa never wrapped our gifts, so we would get up in the middle of the night with our flashlights to see what Santa brought. Once we knew, we could go back to sleep until morning. But one year, Santa fooled us & wrapped all the presents. But only one time.

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  70. What a bummer for you to not have a Home Goods :( If I win I will share my pics of my loot with you! Thanks for the memories of Christmases past. I too had a Chrissy! Loved her :) My favorite memories are of all the candy....dorky I know. I just remember it was the only day that my mom let us go to town. We stayed in our jammies all day and ate candy. Now tell me that isnt the perfect day?! :)
    Happy Holidays my dear!!
    XOX

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  71. OMG! I am also a Liddle Kiddles lover, lol! I remember the ones that smelled like soda - grape, strawberry, root beer. They came in a little bottle. I wish I still had mine!

    My fave Christmas memories are of going to my Great Grandparents house for Christmas Eve, and then the next day for Christmas dinner. The gifts were never extravagant - food was a very common gift. One year my Uncle Bud got me a frozen pizza. That probably sounds weird to most people, but it was a big treat back in those days!

    BTW, congrats on your bedroom being such a big hit. You are a constant inspiration to me!

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  72. So many favorite things, but I always looked forward to helping my Grandma put together her aluminum Christmas tree every year. After she passed away, I don't know what happened to that tree, but when I found one years later at a garage sale for four dollars, I had to have it! Maybe that's why Christmas doesn't start at my house, until the aluminum tree is up. It represents the best memories!

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  73. My favorite part of Christmas as a child was waking up super early and running to the tree to see what Santa had brought during the night. There was something so magical back then. I'm super excited to share that excitement with my 13 month old baby girl! :-)

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  74. I loved Christmas Eve at my Grandparents house. My Aunts were there and I was the only grandchild for 11 years. We would cook together and have a wonderful meal and we couldn't open presents until after all the dessert dishes were finished. For a kid, the wait was horrible, but I miss those days with all my heart.

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  75. My mother was sick, she was unable to go Christmas shopping. She ordered everything for Christmas out of a Sears catalog for us. Christmas eve came and our presents were delivered late to the post office in our small town because of the weather. One post man who was on call that night seen the huge boxes. He knew that they just had to be some child's toys. Although the weather was near blizzard conditions, he braved the back country roads and delivered our gifts to us on Christmas Eve night. I can remember him telling us that he was Santa Clause's helper. The joy in my mother's eyes that Christmas Eve will be forever in my mind. For years after, up until the man died, my mom always made sure he got a special something for Christmas. I can still remember the smell of the brand new Sunshine Family dolls as I ripped open the packages.

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  76. Looking back I most loved the anticipation. Hours and days spent sitting by the tree. Touching and shaking and smelling the presents, trying to figure out what was inside.

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  77. Rachel from ColoradoDecember 22, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Wow. I love your style. Everything. My favorite Christmas memory is we all wore our pajamas & it was so cozy! Also, the presents are so fun for me! Giving & recieving them! Merry Christmas to you & yours!

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  78. Even as a child my favorite thing about Christmas was having the family all together at the same time. I grew up in a big Italian family and Christmas days were always filled with several generations of family, fabulous food, fun, teasing and laughter.

    Merry Christmas!

    ~ Tracy

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  79. My favorite Christmas memory has to be the year that my parents tried to have Santa stop by early, while we were still awake. My sister were at that age where every child starts to realize what's really going on.... So our parents decided to help us believe for a few more years.... They were reading us "The Night Before Christmas" when we heard the sound of sleighbells outside of our window. And in a matter of minutes, Santa was standing in our living room. We could see him from our bedroom which was just down the hall.... Instead of having the exciting effect they were expecting, my sister and I both wound up in tears because we were supposed to be asleep when Santa came. We were terrified he would turn around and leave us no gifts!
    In the end, my parents more or less got what they wanted - 2 little girls who KNEW there was a Santa because they had seen him with their own 2 eyes - even if we weren't quite as excited about it as they anticipated!

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  80. Definately, baking with my mom! I loved that, and I do it today with my own daughter!

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  81. I grew up in Florida, and loved to run across the street in my pj's and show my best friend what I got, and to my surprise Santa brought her the same thing's. I remember a beautiful doll, I got the blonde one and she got the brunette one. I kept that doll until I was a teenager. Loved and cherished her. Oh to be little and have the anticipation and excitment of waiting for Santa on Christmas morning.
    I love you blog and creativity you have. I'm one of your blog stockers.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours

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  82. My fav christmas memory was driving as a little kid driving around looking at christmas lights in our pjs! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  83. As a little kid I loved getting to see all of my cousins and family. I remember one year we had a cardboard fireplace for Santa because we didn't have a real fireplace. Oh and Christmas parades so much fun.

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  84. My favorite memory would be the giant box of chocolates that would appear near the tree on Christmas morning. It was filled with about a dozen brown paper bags each filled with candies and nuts.

    I grew up in the country and there was a store that had bulk candy that my parents always bought. Nothing tastes better than the chocolate nut cluster and chocolate covered peanuts from my youth.

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  85. My favorite Christmas Memory was getting my very first pet, my cat, which I named Gingersnap because of her color, and my favorite cookie at Christmas was Gingersnap cookies. I was only 5 years old, but I still remember it so vividly. My mom had put her in a small box and had wrapped in in christmas paper (there were a few air-holes, don't worry. When I opened the box, she was mewing and looked terrified; she pounced out as soon as she knew she had enough room, and bolted under the couch. She finally came out after about an hour of me convincing her it was ok, and we were best friends after.

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  86. loved that I had 2 other sisters who shared my affinity for all things BARBIE!!! From the townhouse and car to the rainbow coalition (we had all shades)and the fact that my Barbies had a dryer (made noise but didn't dry clothes LOL) and the fact that my mom sewed custom Barbie clothes was totally awesome!!

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  87. I loved all the traditions of Christmas time -
    opening one present on Christmas eve (always pajamas!), going to bed dreaming of what the next morning would hold, and running out to the Christmas tree and all its surprises in the morning. It wasn't so much what the presents were, just the celebration of it all. I do remember one princess doll that was very special to me. :)

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  88. I remember the year my Dad climbed onto the roof with some sleigh bells and stomped and jingled around to make us believe that Santa was on our roof.

    Brittany
    Www.PrettyHandyGirl.com

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  89. The thing I loved most about christmas is the ornaments. My grandmother always gave each one of us grandkids an ornament. She had six grandkids and she was always able to find six ornaments that were in a theme. One year it was six different Winnie the Pooh ornaments. My Pooh was on a wooden rocking chair, my sister's was on a wooden rocking horse etc. That tradition still continues today with my mother giving my kids their own ornament.

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  90. I loved the surprise of the decorated tree. My parents decorated it and we had to live minus the living room for the day or two before Christmas. Then the grand unveiling!

    sweetiesuzy@aol.com

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  91. The year I got ice skates after my Mom told me that Santa couldn't afford them that year. I was 12 and now I'm 60 but I still have those skates! They mean the world to me.

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  92. The year I had my own money. I had a paper route and bought a present for everyone in my family. Eveyone was so happy. The feeling comes back to me every year.
    I've never been to Home Goods but I found one near my sister.
    Cheers!

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  93. My favorite memory is when I was very young and I received THE EXACT JEWELRY BOX I WAS LOOKING AT IN THE STORE. How on earth did SANTA know that. He must be real. My mom really pulled that one off big time. I love my momma. If I win, I will take her to HomeGoods for a shopping spree.
    fingers crosses!

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  94. How sweet. I love all my toys from when I was a child. It amazes me that they have brought back this same toy!

    Thanks! I hope I win!!!


    imisstx at comcast dot net

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  95. Opppsss...I got all caught up in the "memories of my childhood" and forgot to say, that the thing I loved most about christmas as a child...I had surgery-about a week before christmas, and being home and being able to use my crutches was pretty neat for me. I always get a smile when I look at those pictures...I am trying to give out presents using my crutches. It was so funny!!!

    imisstx at comcast dot net

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  96. I loved all the craft kits that I got. I started working on them right away. Ann

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  97. Spending time with extended family and opening presents!

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  99. I lived with my cousins growing up..and tehy would TEAR trough their gifts in no time..while I would SAVOR every minute trying to make the experience last! I would first shake the boxand makean educated guess then I would ever-so-slowly unwrap the gift..not peeking till all the paper was off..........I wold also scan and put the gift that seemed like my favorite till the end...SAVORING every minute!!!!

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  101. Wow Donna you really sent me down memory lane! I had the Valerie Doll (blond) my sister got Chrissy. Little Kiddles....I had the one that smelled like Lilly of the Valley I thought she was soooo beautiful!

    My favorite Christmas memory is we would have Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)on Christmas Eve and my Dad would sing to Elvis Presley's Blue Christmas Album and opening 1 gift that my Mom would pick out and it was always new Pj's.

    Ok so maybe that was 3 favorite memories.haha

    Thanks Donna!

    Barb
    bjbrown05@gmail.com

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  102. When I was 9 years old, I came down stairs on Christmas morning and saw a Raleigh 3 speed English bike under the tree. "Oh Gayle, look what Santa brought you," I exclaimed to my sister who was 3 years older. When I looked at the tag, it said, "Merry Christmas Noël, love Santa." I cried I was so excited. My dad still spoke about that memory right up until he died two years ago at 88 years old.

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  103. What a kind thing for you to do! What I loved about Christmas was staying over night at my grandparents with all my cousins. I can close my eyes right now and see it.
    Merry Christmas to you.

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  104. We would go to church on Christmas Eve and the excitement of when we got home to open presents was almost more than this gal could handle. When we got home, though, we'd read the Christmas story, sing a couple of carols and then, THEN we got to open presents. How much fun!! The anticipating made it even more exciting.

    Merry Christmas Donna. Wishing you and your son much good health, joy and prosperity in 2011!

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  105. Some of my past favorites include the "Smurf" sweatshirts that my sister and I got one year. Also, my Cabbage Patch Kid that I know my mom stood in line for hours to purchase.

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  106. When I was young my favorite thing about Christmas was the excitement of knowing that on Christmas Eve all of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents from my dads side would be at our house for the entire evening! The next morning my moms side of the family would be there watching us open our presents from Santa. I miss the fact that as we age our families tend to move away from what were family traditions, but love the fact that new ones are forming in those branches. Now my children are enjoying the Christmas Eve and Christmas morning rituals with their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents! Everything about Christmas is my favorite!

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  107. My single mother raised 5 children with no financial support at all from the fathers.
    We grew up "poor" but I think we just accepted it and went on with life.

    As children we had "treasure drawers" which were orange boxes filled with our special possessions. All we owned as children fit in those boxes except for a bike.

    At Christmas we would hunt through our boxes just to find the "right" gift to give to each other. I can still remember to this day the feeling of excitement and anticipation as I waited for my gift to be opened.

    In looking back, the surprising thing is how grateful everyone was about a gift that would have been "trash" to someone outside our family.
    Perhaps we knew the sacrifice we were gifted!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity and sense to risk. I am new to your blog but just love it! As a single mother myself of 5, I have found hope and inspiration from you! Thank You!!

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  108. Donna, One of the things I loved most about Christmas was helping my mom decorate the tree. Each year she would do a different theme on our tree. My favorite was a white tree that she covered in white feathered birds and a garland made of pale blue ribbon. As a child this was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen!

    Thanks for your very generous giveaway and please count me in.
    Merry Christmas,
    Sherry

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  109. My most memorable Christmas was when I was 11 years old, and my brother and three sisters and I all got new bicycles and tricycles. They were building a new highway a couple of blocks from where I lived but it wasn't open to traffic yet. We spent hours upon hours riding up and down that highway with our new bikes.

    Thank you for the Home Goods card giveaway. That is a great and fun place to find stuff for the house!

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  110. One of my favorite Christmas memories we did every year growing up. We would go cut down our own tree in the mountains & the road we took to get there was in the "ewok forrest" (or so our parents told us). I loved looking out the window trying to spot ewoks flying on vines through the trees. I swore I saw a few! Then trekking through the mountains looking for teh perfect tree. Wonderful times spent as a family.
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  111. One special memory that come flooding back every year I decorate my Christmas Tree reminds me of what I loved about Christmas as a child and explains some of my Christmas activities today. Growing up in England during the 1970’s was often accompanied by power outages as a result of industrial strikes. Several Christmases, my family would be gathered around the electric fire in our small living room admiring the pretty multi-colored lights on the tree, watching the “tele”, when suddenly darkness would overtake our World. My parents would then scrabble around lighting candles, distributing torches and igniting a small gas-filled, portable stove (I can still smell it now). We would then sit round the tree telling stories, playing board games and singing Christmas Carols. Money was tight as many were only employed on a 3-day working week and so many of our Christmas decorations were homemade. One bonus of using so many candles was that I had a glut of empty match boxes that I would wrap like little presents to hang on the Christmas tree. Today, I still use muti-coloured lights to decorate my home, and I still light candles and turn out the lamps, and I still wrap little boxes to hang on the tree or place around our home as decorative touches. We don’t have a television in our living room, so story telling and family games still play a role in our lives. The strikes of the 70’s caused a lot of hardship for many people but with a positive attitude, we can certainly make things better and easier to cope with.

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  112. I loved the magic of Christmas Eve - even as a High Schooler - if I came in late my Mom made me promise not to look at the tree until morning. There was just something magical about that night. As an adult and a Christian I realize now how truly magical that night really was. So perhaps it was not just my imagination.

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  113. My favorite Christmas memory happened this year - my dad made it successfully through quadruple bypass surgery! Couldn't ask for a bigger Christmas blessing!

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  114. My favorite memories from when I was a kid was the anticipation of seeing what Santa would leave under the tree and in our stockings!

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  115. I grew up on a ranch in Montana, and I loved taking special Christmas treats to all the animals at Christmas time. My Dad said they needed something, too, so we'd trudge out in the cold and snow to the barn, chicken house, pasture and corral to hand out extra apples, carrots, bread, rolled oats, barley and molasses (the horses' favorite), and whatever else we could find. Dad said that at midnight on Christmas Eve, all the animals could talk, and I always wanted to stay home and find out if they did. But we usually went to midnight Mass instead, so I missed the miracle, if it happened.

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  116. I will never forget the Christmas my sisters and I all got matching Sweatsuit Outfits (in different colors of course) Mine was Purple :-) And we always (still today with my own children) make Hand cookies (cut out cookies that are cut around the size of your hand & decorate with loads of sprinkles and bake) TRADITION!!

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  117. I loved that all my siblings and I would sleep in the same bed Christmas Eve night so that we could wake up at the same time on Christmas morning to open presents. We usually got up anywhere between 4am-6am, and then we woke our mom up to show her what "Santa" brought us. Those were the best times.

    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

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  118. My favorite Christmas memory was when I was 3, almost 4, when my parents told me that I was going to have a baby sister or brother!

    Now some 40 years later, my sister & I are the best of friends, and I'm so thankful to have her in my life!

    (And I had Baby Chrissie with hair that grew! Oh how I loved her, but she was "lost" when we moved...still bummed over that one.)

    Donna, I can't believe you still have your Easy Bake Oven! I remember using mine in my grandmother's kitchen. Can still taste that chocolate cake!

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  119. Every year as long as I could remember my mother would take us to the Senior Home to sing Christmas carols. We would grumble all morning long until we got there and my mom so happily played away as we sang our hearts out and secretly LOVED it. Then we would go out to eat as a family, a very rare treat. We would also make homemade caramels and peanut brittle and deliver them to the neighbors while taking the long way home to see all the Christmas lights. On Christmas eve my dad would run around the outside of the house with jingle bells after we went to bed to get us to go to sleep so Santa would stop and deliver our presents.

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  121. One of my favorite christmas memories was dressing up in red and white and forcing my little sister to do the same and dragging our wooden sleigh into the living room, sitting my little sister on it and singing "jingle bells" for my amused parents and siblings!

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  122. I loved the chance to have my daddy make french toast for us! He loved to cook, but didn't do it much because of his schedule.

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  123. I remember the old silver tree with the rotating lights of red, blue, green & orange. The gifts were Barbie Cardboard furniture dream home.You closed it all up after playing like a big suitcase.(I wish I still had it.) The loom for making your own pot holders...(work)
    A Mouse Trap Game. Those were the fun times. And Donna I'm going through the same thing as you this Christmas (My Mom went to be with the Lord on Nov. 9th 2010) I MISS HER SO MUCH !
    I wish I could turn back the clock.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS !!
    SANDY

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  124. I loved all the lights! I remember one Christmas shopping night walking (perhaps skipping) down the sidewalk holding both my parents' hands and singing. I remember pure joy.

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  125. Having Grandma and Grandpa come to our home for Christmas, they lived thousands of miles apart (we in Alaska, they in Oregon) so we only had them up twice.

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  126. OK, first when I saw what you got as a kid I thought...we must be around same age...I got a Velvet doll...that I looooveed - Chrissy's younger sister. And I also got those little jewel kiddles...and I still have one! They were like gold...you had to try not to lose them. Wow, thanks for the flashback!

    I loved going to my Grandparents...we would pack up the car, drive to the next state and stay for a few days. It was magical and meant Christmas to me!

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  127. One of my favorite parts of Christmas as a kid was the Christmas stocking. They were huge! And some how my mother and grandma would fill it with the coolest stuff! Candy, little toys, craft supplies...etc. There is nothing better than a new box of crayons!

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  128. I loved listening to my dad tell the story of the music box he gave my mom for Christmas the first year they were together, then opening presents while eating LOTS of Christmas goodies. I'm glad my family still upholds both traditions, even though three out of the four kids are out of the house.

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  129. Oh, I so loved that we had tons of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends coming over, some spent the night, all the women, in the kitchen, cooking fabulous treats...the daddys in the living room, talking, laughing, sometimes playing cards.
    The trip to get our tree, decorating it...wrapping presents, getting so excited about it all, I would break out in fever blisters on my lips. EVERYthing about Christmas as a child was MAGICAL.

    Thanks so much for a chance to win this generous gift. I have my fingers crossed for good luck.:)

    Merry Christmas.

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  130. I love spending time with family & remembering christmas when i was little with my brother & two sisters my mom would sleep on the couch so she wouldnt miss us seeing what santa brought.She never wraped our gifts from santa cause she said if you look at santa bag the toys werent wrapped i miss those days.Merry Christmas to you & best wishes. Sherry

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  131. I always loved being surrounded by my family...cousins that came to visit for the holidays and my grandmother's house next door full of relatives! it was exciting! Merry Christmas! ♥

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  132. Every Christmas Eve was spent at my grandparents house. My dad is one of seven so there was always plenty of cousins to play with. We would eat a big dinner, sing Christmas carols and then open gifts. It was magical and still is, but now I take my kids there so there is a whole new generation of great- grandkids experiencing the same wonderful Christmas Eve night at Great Grandma's. Merry Christmas!Amber maar04@comcast.net

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  133. I loved the excess of Christmas(still do!) We didn't have much money so decorating was not a priority, but at Christmas our house was much more festive. I loved it then and still loove Christmas decorating now.
    Jo

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  134. I loved having my Dad take me shopping for presents for my Mom and brothers - it felt so grownup and special to be out for an evening with him!! Still does - yesterday way my birthday and he took my husband, Mom and I for dinner!

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  135. As a child, the thing I loved most about Christmas was going to see the family and spending fun time with the cousins. We would spend Christmas Eve at my maternal grandmas and then after opening presents Christmas morning, we'd spend the day with my dads side of the family. I loved getting to be with all of my cousins those days. Now, I live on the opposite side of the country, away from ALL of my family, and while I always miss them, I especially miss them dearly during the Christmas season!! What I wouldn't give to be with them all again right now!

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  136. I loved all of the family traditions we had - one of my favorites was doing the 12 days of Christmas for another family.

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  137. When I was a child we would travel several hours, 5 or 6, to visit my grandparents always getting there after dark. When we pulled up to their house the large evergreen trees were covered in Christmas lights. Inside the door was always a Christmas tree so full of presents it seemed to extend to the next room. On the freezer top in the kitchen were container after container of homemade goodies my Grandma had made in preparation of our visit. We always used one of my Grandpa's white socks for our stocking and woke on Christmas morning to oranges and nuts in the socks. My favorate present ever was a doll with a suitcase of clothes that my Grandmother had made for us using material left over from our easter dresses. Of all the presents I received as a child this is the only one I remember. Several years ago when my Grandma had to move into a care home I was given a little table of her sewing items and in the very bottom was the pattern she had used to make those doll clothes. I sat there and cried like a child. The part of this story I've left out is that were were extremely poor children and that was very likely the only doll I ever received. The beautiful thing was we never knew how poor we were financially because of all the time and love put into making it a magical time for us by my Grandparents. Christmas isn't about the presents as much as the people who give them to you. I was able to thank my Grandma before she died for all of those beautiful memories and we cried together for the wonderful times we had. Thank you for allowing me to share my memories and I'm trying to be the same Granny to my grandchildren.

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  138. Going to see the decorated windows in the department stores in Downtown Baltimore! Sadly all of those companies are out of business.

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  139. My fav memory is my sons looking at the Christmas tree for the first time!

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  140. I love knowing my children will remember the day and moments with happieness and love because even though things may not be perfect, the memories will be, just like my memories of Christmas morning are all PERFECT and my mom assures me they were not. <3

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  141. I remember my mom making and cutting out gingerbread houses and then she and my dad would help us (the 7 kids) ice and decorate them to perfection. Of course when your a kid it's a dream come true for your parents to let you play with and eat bowls of candy.

    camiguffey@hotmail.com

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  142. Oh, how I have always LOOOOVED Christmas! When I was a kiddo, I would always be the first one awake and then go pounce on my brother, sister then mom and dad. We would dash into the living room to see what Santa left for us even before we brushed our teeth!
    The tree would be glimmering with tinsel and mom would bring in hot cocoa with marshmallows and my siblings and I would meticulously go through our stockings before opening any gifts.
    I carry on the same tradition with my kiddos too : )
    Oh and how I LOOOOVE Home Goods!

    kristlerockedmyhair@yahoo.com

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  143. My favorite thing was when my dad would come home from work on Christmas Eve so the celebration could begin! It seemed like he would NEVER get home!

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  144. I loved looking for my gift from Santa, it always had the same paper angel with a gold dress and foam head with yarn hair. I havent seen her in a few years since I moved across the country, but I know when we visit my parents for Christmas she will probably appear again.

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  145. My most favorite thing about Christmas was getting all dressed up in my fav black corduroy dress with the red plaid billowy sleeves and square bodice that my grandmother made me (and I still have!), and going with my family to the Christmas Eve service at church where all of kids would nervously sing up in front of the entire congregation. Surrounded by huge red poinsettias, beautifully lit Christmas trees, a gazillion candles, and lifting our practiced voices up in song - never failed to give me goosebumps, bring tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. When the service was over at midnight (and knowing it was now Christmas morning!), we would all parade down the isle to meet the deacons in the narthex where they would hand us all an orange and a box of Whitman's chocolates. We would walk outside to the car through snow lit by brilliant moonlight under a sky full of stars.

    Incredible memories. Beautiful memories. One of the many sweet memories of my blessed childhood... ♥

    xoxo laurie

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  146. I loved the decorations and the anticipation...my mom made it so much fun for us. I'm thankful for that.
    And I LOVE Homegoods!!

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  147. The fact that I could celebrate it in the United States. I was born in Puerto Rico but moving to the states was a real treat. My father was in the Coast Guard. Learning to speak English was exciting for me and I learned real quick. I had three sisters and I remember so well how we had to share dolls, but when we moved to San Francisco, the Coast Guard would put on a party and we would all get a gift from Santa. I no longer had to share. Wow, that was a long time ago. Amazing!

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  148. THE MAGIC!!! my mom and dad bringing all the Christmas boxes up from storage, we would all gather round carefully pulling out each decoration..soon my brothers would loose interest and it was just me and my mom.. I found myself lost in a magical world with all the finely crafted pieces, inspecting each one. Walking down mainstreet before there was shopping malls. I remember being so little holding my daddy's hand and looking into the storefront windows at all the wonderful Christmas displays.. it was Magical..
    And Most of all, The way my heart would and still does swell up when I hear the song, " The Little Drummer Boy" I have always known from a wee child that all of this magic is because of baby Jesus :)

    ~Diane

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  149. I loved to watch the Christmas specials on tv, my Mom always let me stay up late to watch them.
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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  150. What I loved most about Christmas was the excitement of finding toys under the tree Christmas morning, and that somewhere a guy named St. Nick seemed to care about my feelings. When I sat in his lap, he listened and nodded intently. I understood that he was a busy man and not to expect a reply, but I knew he always received my letters. And he was watching me constantly, apparently worried about whether I had been naughty or nice...and I was under the impression that this guy was rooting for me. So, I guess it's Santa. Not the presents afterall. The guy in the red suit and his compassion for me (and every other kid in the world) is what I truly loved about the season when I was a child.

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  151. We were a small family. Just Mom and Dad and I. No relatives to visit here in America where Mom and Dad came to live from England after World War II. I recall having my gifts in a pillowcase, which I would grab and run into my parents room and open my gifts on their bed. As I look back, I realize how hard it was for them to move away from their families and be alone during the holidays in an unfamiliar place. They worked so hard to provide for me, and always managed to somehow give me wonderful presents. A favorite was a doll in a trunk with different outfits she could wear. I remember naming her Faline after Bambi's girlfriend in the movie. Such pleasant memories...

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  152. My favorite thing about Christmas was looking at the wrapped presents under the tree and experiencing the excitement in the air. I grew up with 3 brothers and sisters so there was always plenty going on, but this was a different kind of activity. The festive atmosphere was more fun for me than opening presents. Relatives came for dinner and there was laughter and story telling. Those are very happy memories.

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  153. What I remember most is rearranging all the presents under the tree trying to make it look just right. Of course, while I was doing this, I made sure to memorize where all MY presents were.

    missmelissaf at yahoo dot com

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  154. I remember waking up early and the excitement of seeing what Santa had brought.

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  155. I LOVED getting up early with my sisters-running down the stairs to our tree to open gifts--and I can still remember the smell of a new rubber doll at Christmas..we would also go the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and when we came home we got to open one gift..I remember sitting in Mass trying to figure out what gift to open!!

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  156. My fav thing as a child was sitting around our gigantic tree (7-10'). We lived in South Dakota in one house with our cousins, aunts, uncles & grandparents while we were building our own house. This house was humongous and the living room was open so our tree was enormous. All of us kids would gather around and sit together with our arms linked around each others shoulders. We would chant "We want Christmas, We want Christmas", then Grandpa would get out his Bible and read to us about Baby Jesus. After that he would read us the story book about Santa. It was the best memories in the world! I wish my fam lived close enough so that my kids could experience that!

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  157. My favorite story is a sad one but it taught me and my three sisters a lesson that we never forgot. One day, before Christmas when all the presents were wrapped and under the tree, our mother and father were gone from the house. We as youngsters, 10, 11, 12 and 13, decided that it would be a good idea to open all our gifts, very carefully and peek inside to know what we got. We taped them back up...then at Christmas, we were so disappointed because there was no surprise. We never told our mother until adulthood, and we never did that again.

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  158. I loved the "magic" and mystery of Christmas as a kid! Merry Christmas!

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  159. The first week of Dec. 1972 my four year old brother fractured his elbow (in hospital, in traction), my mom had another baby boy on the 16th, and my other brother broke his arm on the 18th. Yep, pictures prove it, two broken arms and a new baby for Christmas. AND I don't know how but my mom had the tree up and presents wrapped....she was an amazing lady...I miss her!

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  160. I always put a great deal of thought into my gifts and LOVED seeing their faces as they opened them! I also started a family tradition of playing bingo between us ladies for stocking type presents. It was all our fav part of Christmas!
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  161. I enjoyed cooking for family, and also picking out presents for my sister and parents. It was just as fun to give the gifts as to receive them.
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  162. my favorite Christmas memory is of all my family sacking out on the living room floor together! Christmas eve. Poor parents. don't think they got any sleep;)

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  163. I loved the smells and sounds of my grandmother's house at Christmas. She was always cooking and always had festive music playing (she loved Rocking around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee).

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  164. I loved the old animation cartoons with Rudolph and It's a Wonderful Life. I also received a Chrissy doll and an easy bakeoven. They were 2 of my favorite toys that I remember playing with all the time.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  165. I loved the presents (and still do!) but I also loved seeing family that you only see once a year!

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  166. I loved going to my Grandparents and eating a Swedish dinner and Grandpa handing out all the presents after we had our talent night..those are some of my favorite memories..P.S. I love HOME GOODS...fingers crossed

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  167. The excitement of giving... the smell of the cookies... the lights on the tree...

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  168. What a great contest! I'd love to be able to go shopping at HG! So on with my memory...
    I believed in Santa much longer than my friends did- I think I was about 10 or 11 when I finally learned the truth. The memory of the last couple of Christmases before that fateful discovery, will stay with me forever.
    The anticipation of finding what Santa had left under the tree culminated in the waking of two of my younger brothers in the wee hours of the morning to get our first look at the unwrapped loot before the rest of the family woke up. We played with the trains, tossed balls around, and then put it all back before we crawled back into bed and went back to sleep.
    We must not have been TOO noisy, because to this day, our parents have never let on that they knew what we had done! Oh the innocence of childhood...

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  169. Seeing my mawmaw. My parents divorced and remarried and I loved my mawmaw more than anything but I only was allowed to see her once a year at Christmas. My dad was an only child (my pawpaw had passed) and I was her only grandchild so it was such a special time for us. She passed while I was in high school and I always remember my special Christmas's with her.

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  170. This is hard but I'd have to choose the memories of my father (who passed away 2 years ago and yes, Donna, I understand the importance of keeping a few of their things close) playing his guitar and singing Christmas carols and hymns on Christmas eve while we sang along. Priceless!

    Thanks for letting me share!
    cabingramma4@ yahoo dot com

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  171. OOO! love Home Goods! I hope I win so I can buy a silver ceramic garden stool I saw in there! :) Happy New Year!

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  172. oops, and my favorite Christmas gifts were a plastic toy trumpet, a Mickey Mouse rollercoaster set, and my baby Hannah- born one month before Christmas!

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  173. My favorite memories of Christmas when I was a child were all the wonderful hand made gifts my mom made for us each year. We were not poor, but my parents were thrifty and lived modestly. We lived in a small 3 BR house and my mom would begin every fall locking herself in her bedroom with her sewing machine to make pajamas, jackets and wool snow pants, and dresses for me and my sister. The best gift ever was one year she bought a cheap doll luggage set and filled it to the brim with new baby doll clothes for my favorite doll. I was in heaven!

    I loved reading all the entries. So many touching stories, what a great contest. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to all!

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  174. Driving through icy, slippery, scary frozen roads for one hour just to get to the family gathering... my in-laws are, lets just say, VERY, VERY old, and my husband is in stage 4 cancer, so I knew the road trip was SO worth every terrifying moment - there may never be another Christmas with us all together! I loved every moment of our visit.

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  175. Ok so it was the last christmas with my sister at home and my Momma and Sis decided this was going to be the big shebang Christmas of all Christmas's. She had been stocking up for months and there were so many presents under the tree we could barely walk through the living room!! I had asked for a Cabbage Patch kid from santa they were new then! I was really hoping! Well I got up that morning sicker than sick could be. I was so happy because Santa DID get me a Cabbage Patch kid and a million other things too. But literally between every present I opened.... I was heaving and ho'in to the porcelin god in the bathroom. Mom said I was still the happiest she remembers even between the wretching. It was an awesome Christmas that I DO remember, but thank goodness I don't remember the sickness!!

    ~ Nikki

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  176. My favorite memory was that of my Grandpa being the church Santa. He made the best Santa. I don't remember when I first knew that he was the church Santa but I loved seeing him there. Everyone got a candy cane and an orange. I never told anyone who he was. I was so proud of him.
    Happy
    New Year to you. What a nice thing to offer. Thanks.

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  177. There were six of us kids, and our greatest fun was that our Mom put flashlights in our stockings so we could wake up in the wee hours and check out our stash!! We had sooo much fun fumbling around, and examining the stacks of presents...shaking a few, and then snuggling back in bed for a few more winks before the next round started! Our daughters, 29, 24, 22 and 12 all still get stockings, and the three that live at home, all still get flashlights! The oldest wakes the others up so they can check them out! What a joy! What fun memories!

    Thank you for this fun way to enter your generous giveaway!

    May your new year be filled with JOY!
    Becky

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  178. Lol, Donna! I still have my Chrissie doll, too--no little kiddles left, I forgot about those! Love you, girlfriend.

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  179. I've never heard of them...how adorable!

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  180. I would love to run down the stairs to see what Santa had left under our tree for me! Still do! I could however, substitute a trip to Homegoods! :)

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  181. I loved opening gifts!!!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

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  182. Santa always came to our house on Christmas Eve. We'd dress up and admire our tree and wait impatiently to hear sleighbells ringing. A large sack would be sitting on the back patio bulging with presents.

    That was a few decades ago...and I still have no idea how "Santa" managed to ring those bells and leave our presents. And I never plan to ask my mom how Santa did it either!

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  183. Donna, I still have my Crissy doll, too! :) One of my favorite memories is trying to find where my mom had our presents hidden and discovering what we were getting for Christmas before Christmas came! Another was our annual tradition of receiving an ornament every year, each of us left home with ornaments to hang on our own tree. I've continued this tradition with my own children and the first one has left home this year with her own box for her tree. :) Lots of great memories in that box. laurierankin@verizon.net -- love your blog, it's a favorite

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  184. I don't have my Crissy doll anymore but have contemplated buying one on ebay! My favorite memories are that my family (which was huge- my grandma had 12 kids) would have a party on Christmas Eve and one of my uncles would dress as Santa & come in & all the kids would sit in his lap & tell him what we wanted for Christmas & then we would all exchange gifts. They were usually just small gifts (there were so many kids) but the enormous pile of gifts under the tree was unbelievable. Congratulations- very well deserved!!! You are the best!

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  186. Just found this post...I know the comment is not timely per se but I still have my Chrissy doll as well...she is safe and sound in my garage..... in a house full of boys the garage is the safest place for her. : )

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