Monday, July 19, 2010

Christmas Memories...

This week Matthew and Jenny are in Canada shooting Linda's house for HOLIDAY. Pitching in at Holiday blog headquarters are some of our favourite holiday experts from our Blogger panel. They will be sharing some of their favourite holiday memories so please welcome them and feel free to share yours, too!

First up is Rhoda, from Southern Hospitality. Rhoda is a talented decorator and yard sale aficionado who shares her projects, recipes and decorating tips over on her blog. We love Rhoda for her creativity, appreciation for decorating on a budget (especially important during the holidays) and the way she makes all who visit her blog feel so very welcome. 
Thanks for sharing your memories with our HOLIDAY readers, Rhoda!!


Growing up as a child of the 60’s, Christmas around our house was simple, but meaningful.  It certainly wasn’t all about the presents, but about celebrating the birth of a Savior.  We had Christmas plays at our church and I can vividly remember being behind the white curtain made from sheets and hanging up with safety pins, as the children came out and recited their small parts, quoting memorable scriptures or verses about this blessed time of year.

As a tomboy, I would much rather be outside playing than to stay inside with dolls and tea sets, but one of my Christmas joys that stuck in my mind all these years later, was when I got my Barbie doll.  It was probably around 1964 or 1965.  I would have been 8 or 9 at the time.  That doll was much more fun to me than the baby dolls I had growing up. 

My family was middle class at best and we didn’t have a lot of money to spend on luxuries, but my parents always made sure we had plenty of gifts to open.  They probably didn’t cost a whole lot, but those presents made our Christmas’s so special for me and my sister.  My mother was a great seamstress and made all of our clothes growing up. It wasn’t until I was a teenager and began earning some money of my own that I went to the mall and bought some trendy clothes for myself.  Those were fun memories too. 

Mom could sew up a storm and since those Barbie clothes were pretty expensive, she would take scraps of fabrics that she had from other sewing projects and make up the cutest little Barbie clothes for our Barbie dolls.  My sister and I both had our own Barbie.  I have kept mine to this day, complete with her blue case and the small and dainty clothes that my mother made for me way back when I was a child.  I can’t get rid of them, so this special treasure will be with me forever.  Those fond memories of my mother’s sweet hands sewing for me will stay with me the rest of my life. I still have my mother and my dad and appreciate so much all the wonderful memories that they both made for us.  I had an idyllic childhood with sweet memories and wonderful family time and for that, I’m especially grateful. 


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  1. Those are such great memories Rhoda! I love that you still have your Barbie and I wish I still had mine. Mine were hand me downs as I had 4 older sisters. But we had home made clothes for ours too!

  2. Thank you for sharing your sweet memories...Barbies were piled high at my childhood home grandma even knitted sweaters and dresses..wish I had some of those today!

  3. my aunt gave me a Barbie when I was a child from around the same time period! I still have the case and all her clothes & it is one of my favorite gifts ever!

  4. My best Christmas ever was the year I got my first Barbie. 1965. I still have her and would never think of getting rid of her. When I see her, it opens a floodgate of fabulous childhood memories. Thank you for sharing yours.

  5. As the youngest of three sisters - we had Barbies! We would place all the clothes in the middle and pick by birth order. My oldest sister, Randi, always threw into the mix many of the original Barbie clothing (remember the black & white striped swimsuit).

    When our mom passed away - we divided up the estate the way we had learned...we sat down, & in birth order picked what was meaningful to each of us. Round & round the circle -- once again those Wind girls picking our Barbie wardrobe.


  6. I had that exact same case and very similar clothes as my Mom sewed all my Barbie clothes as well. I can still feel the smoothness of the patent leather on that case and loved the drawer that I filled with tiny shoes and purses. You were so smart to keep it!

  7. I have that very same doll from my own childhood! My case is different and it holds a few outfits I knit myself. They look hilarious, but I remember how much fun it was to make them. I love Barbie.

  8. This brings back so many memories for me! I have all my Barbie dolls, my daughters and a that adds up to about 200 Barbies. This is not counting all the accessories, furniture, etc.
    My Grandmother would make beautiful clothes for them. She even made a one of a kind kitchen our of cardboard pieces (looked just like a kitchen)...awesome for it's day! Our of a round wood cheese box, she made a bed with a pretty velvet bedspread. Barbie had it made and all my Barbie collector friends were so jeolous! I still have the bed and it still looks good!


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