Friday, 4 December 2009

PINK SATURDAY - CHRISTMAS CHILDHOOD MEMORIES


This week there's a theme to the Pink Saturday meme (hey, it rhymes!)






Beverly has asked us to write about our favourite childhood memories of Christmas - so here's mine.

Being an only child and pretty lively with it, my parents were desperate to keep me quiet first thing in the morning - as we were living in Singapore at the time, Dad being in the Army  (I was around 8 years old at the time) needless to say, it was daylight early and I'd be awake around 5.00am.

My parents knew me well: I loved to read, and draw and paint - so out of self defence, I'm sure - Santa would always leave a pillowcase at the end of my bed.

And in that pillowcase would be every single annual going: Bunty, The Dandy, Girl, Princess, The Beano, Judy... and just to make sure I'd stay quiet until I'd read every single one from cover to cover, there'd be at least half a dozen comics, a new sketch pad and ordinary and colouring pencils. My mother must have prepared for ages - the pencils always had my name printed on them in gold leaf - everything like this had to be ordered and then posted out from the UK.

There would also be a few pieces of fruit, nuts, chocolate - to keep my strength up until breakfast and hopefully keep me occupied until breakfast time (at a decent hour, probably around 8.00am).

This particular year was a bonanza - my mother had bought me my first "teenage" doll, and had made all the clothes for it - BY HAND as she didn't have a sewing machine. There was a brocade evening dress, with diamante sewn all round the bodice, and a ski outfit (I remember it was bright red, with white fake fur nylon trim around the hood) and knitted sweaters, real underwear... All sewn by hand in tropical heat.

She also made a complete new outfit for my Tessie Bear, with a knitted hat (with holes for the ears) with matching cardigan, a new dress, petticoat and pantaloons. And knitted booties, because Teddies can't wear shoes with heels, as we all know.

My mother was great at embroidery and a wonderful knitter - it was always a family legend that when I was born, she embroidered everything in existence. I think the only items she left alone were the terry nappies - even then, she tried to monogram them!

My aunt had sent out the patterns and the fake fur and diamante trim - and little shoes to fit the doll. My Great Aunt Annie sent little plastic curlers. My other aunt (who had weird ideas about presents) had sent my mother a set of pudding basin covers, plastic with elasticated edges. She was very taken aback to get a very enthusiastic thank-you letter from me, thanking her for the dollies' shower caps!

So that's my childhood memory. Now go to Beverly's site - How Sweet the Sound - to see the rest of the Pink Saturday post and read all about their Christmas memories. 

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24 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story. Especially the doll's showcap part.

    Happy Pink Saturday

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  2. What wonderful memories Susie! How fascinating that you lived in Singapore too, do you still remember much about it and do you still have any of those gifts you got that year?
    Happy Pink Susie and have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Hi Susie! It's been a while since I've popped in here - your blog is looking gorgeous.
    Santa's presents seemed to do the job, lol - how wonderful childhood memories can be. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Happy pink saturday - have a great week.
    ciao for now,
    Elena :)

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  4. Hi!
    Christmas time of memories and traditions.
    Happy pink saturday!

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  5. Happy Pink Saturday, Susie.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful memory. You started my day with a smile. I was (and still am) an early bird, too. And, I am an only child that also loves to read and create. I think we have a lot in common.

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  6. Hi Susie
    What a cute Pink Saturday post! I was born in England, and Santa always left my presents in a pillowcase at the bottom of my bed too :-)

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  7. Thanks for sharing beautiful and funfilled memories. And what a wise lady your Mom was in the pillowcase theory! That ranks up there with those "wish I had thought of that" sayings. Peace, Mollye

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  8. The Quintessential Magpie5 December 2009 at 15:23

    Susie, what great memories! I have to laugh about the shower caps for Dolly. LOL! Your mother must have had a great sense of humor to let that letter go through. Love it! Did it teach the aunt to send better presents? Probably not, but it's priceless all the same!

    Loved that your mother went to all that trouble to make your lovely gifts. What a special lady. And loved hearing about how Santa kept you occupied until a civilized hour.

    Happy Pink Saturday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  9. Thank you for sharing your wonderful childhood memory of Christmas. Happy Pink Saturday!

    Back Porch Blessings,
    Rebecca

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  10. What a great idea! My sister's kids receive their stockings at the foot of their beds, and when they were small enough, everyone opened them together in mom & dad's big bed. didn't keep them sleeping, though!

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  11. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest5 December 2009 at 17:53

    Oh Susie, I loved this story! Especially the shower caps! LOL...your Mom was so special to do all that. It must have taken her months to get it all done. There were these little fashion dolls (like Barbies) that you got with so many box tops from the detergent boxes. Mom saved and ordered those and then made all her clothes. Sure wished I still had them. Happy Pink Saturday.

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  12. I love how clever your mother was to give you books to keep you quiet for a while. Pink Blessings!
    Gwen

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  13. Oh my! Your mother was smart and talented too! What a great memory! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  14. {Bellamere Cottage}5 December 2009 at 20:58

    Ahhhhhhhhh..........Susie....what sweet memories. Your mom sounds like she might have been thrilled that you were coming??? :-) How wonderful that she wanted to embroider everything. I loved the story about the dolly shower caps. ....

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs,
    Spencer

    PS..........I couldn't remember the name of your blog to re-add you to my list of fav girlies......I had a crisis and lost everything.

    xoxo

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  15. I had to laugh as I read your post. You wrote so well, that I could see you with all your things in the pillowcase, waiting,waiting and waiting for real morning to get there. That was quite some gifts in the pillowcase..and little doll clothes made with so much love. Happy Pinks..and have a most wonderful weekend...and thank you for the smiles you gave me reading your post.

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  16. I'm an only child too, so really enjoyed your wonderful memories of Christmas. You certainly made me smile, thanks.

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  17. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest5 December 2009 at 22:41

    Susie, yes, a cheese dome will work quite well. Over here I see them at the yard sales for pennies.

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  18. I love this story, Susie! Your parents were pretty wise, giving you things that would occupy you until a somewhat later hour. Happy Pink Saturday!

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  19. OMGoodness, Susie! I love this story and what an angel your mom was to sew all those clothes by hand! Hope you kept a few! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  20. mythoughtsmyvoice6 December 2009 at 11:08

    Hello Susie!

    As I read through the post I can't help but smile and laugh a little. YOu must be a very bubbly child. I can see where the creativity came from. YOur MOm was and as a child, your parents really give you toys that encourage you to be one too.

    I had to laugh at the attempt of an embroidered nappy :-)But I guess if I have a little one myself, I would definitely attempt to make and personalize everything he or she will own LOL

    Mizpah,
    Li

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  21. What wonderful memories, Susie. I hope you are having a wonderful day and are looking forward to the holiday ahead.

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  22. someplace in thyme7 December 2009 at 02:58

    Aren't mothers just the greatest ever. They seem to know what to do to get the best and most out of us. Your story is so sweet and I love the idea of the pillowcase too, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

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  23. Twyla and Lindsey9 December 2009 at 03:13

    I am new to your blog and it has been a pleasure to meet you! I love your artwork. Have a great week! Twyla

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  24. Hi there, you are one lucky girl! Your mum took much effort to give you the best handmade toys- mums are always the greatest!!

    Loved your new blog design esp the snow flakes - you are the best blog designer Susie, thumbs up for you!! Today is my first time I resume to blogging after a lapse of almost a month.
    Have A Wonderful and Merry Xmas!

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