Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Tell Us Your Best Christmas Memory

Randy Seaver has issued another holiday-themed challenge this weekend for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun:

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  Many of us believing in Santa Claus as children, having a Christmas tree, going to church, and visiting relatives and friends at Christmas time.

2)  Tell us your “best” Christmas memory – what Christmas holiday event is still vivid and real in your mind?

I have several “best” Christmas memories from childhood, plus a few from adulthood. However, I was reminded of a favorite doll when browsing through some old Christmas photos.

This was also the infamous year in which I received not only this beautiful pink and white Schwinn “big girl’s” bike, I also woke up on Christmas morning with chickenpox.

However, back to the doll. Patty Playpal, seen here, had been a Christmas gift the previous year and I loved her. Sadly, in a manner long forgotten to me, Patty’s arm had broken off.

During the year, she mysteriously disappeared and Mom said she didn’t know what happened to my doll. Imagine my delight on Christmas morning when I woke up and found Patty under the Christmas tree with her arm all healed up!

She wasn’t a new replacement doll. Mom then told me that Patty had gone to a doll hospital and when her arm was fixed, Santa picked her up and brought her back to me.

I was very pleased, but as you might be able to tell from my age in the photo, I was getting to the stage where dolls were for littler kids.

Thanks, Randy, for bringing back one of the forgotten stories of my childhood.

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