Debbie Mason: The year Santa left me a Beautiful Chrissy Doll stands out in my memory. Probably because before the day was over, my sister cut off all my doll's hair.
Jennifer Haymore: My first specific memory of Christmas was when we were in the middle of the Pacific Ocean one Christmas…my family had spent six months sailing across the ocean. We couldn’t have a tree, so we made a “magazine tree” out of a Reader’s Digest and we used paper decorations for the boat. I didn’t expect any presents (given we were at sea!) but my mom had bought a bunch of small presents (like books and chocolate bars, and a recorder I could use to play to the dolphins) at the last port in French Polynesia, so I was happily surprised. It was simple, but it was one of the best Christmases ever.
Sue-Ellen Welfonder: My dad driving us around to see the Christmas lights and then staying up late on Dec. 24th to open one gift from under the tree while watching Santa and his reindeer appear on the TV weatherman’s radar screen. The last thing I did before bed on this night of nights was to set out cookies and milk for Santa. On Christmas morning, the plate of crumbs and empty glass proved his existence.
Nina Rowan: Decorating the tree! The difference is that when I was a child, we would always go to a Christmas tree farm and cut down our own tree, so trudging over the pine-covered hills with our saw to find the perfect tree is definitely my first memory. We had the same decorating traditions when I was growing up, and I always remember getting the dusty, old boxes of ornaments out of the attic and opening them—it was like we were starting to open presents already. One of the first ornaments we’d put on the tree was this ugly, plastic dog who was missing one ear and sitting on a green sled. I’m sure that dog is still in a box somewhere, so maybe one day we’ll find him again and put him back on the tree where he belongs!
Jessica Scott: The first Christmas I remember, my family had stayed at a friend’s house. I remember that year my brother and I got zoo quilts that my mom made and a stick pony she'd made. We still have the blankets.I already talked about Jessica Scott's I'll Be Home for Christmas on this here blog so feel free to check out my review or read an excerpt.
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