With the busy holiday weekend at hand, this will probably be my last post until Tuesday. With that in mind, I would love to get some chit-chat happening!
In the early 60's (yes, that was a LONG time ago) I received a gift that I have never forgotten. This gift was so cool... it was a doll, which was nearly as tall as I was. The best part, you could make her walk (not nearly as cool as the way they do it today, but hey, it was the 60's !!!!) As you can see from the picture I was really lovin' on that doll, and that is my great-grandmother, Violetta, in the background, lovingly referred to as Granny.
I remember that my grandfather tried to offer me a gift or two of his in exchange for my doll, but I would have none of it! On Christmas eve we always gathered at my grandparent's home, along with our great-grandma's and great-aunt and uncle. My grandparent's tree was silver and had a colored revolving light and my grandmother, whom we called Mae, always made rice krispie treats. I would stand next to her and watch the marshmallows melt, then she would pour the completed treats into a pan and set them out on the porch to cool. The TV was always on so that we could track Santa's progress towards Pekin. Isn't it amazing that while many details of my life have grown dim, there are still times that stand out as vividly as if they happened yesterday?!
As an adult, I would have to say that my favorite Christmas gift was given to me in 1998. Mickey gave me an engagement ring on Christmas morning and asked me to marry him, with the girls on hand to give their consent. How cool is that?????
So come on readers... give... what was YOUR favorite gift and/or holiday memory??????
Merry Christmas from The Neal Family!