Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Magical Doll

Last night as I was drifting off to sleep I started thinking about the doll that I received three years in a row for Christmas. The same doll..three years in a row!

And then this morning I was browsing blogs and found this contest prompting readers to recall favorite Christmas memories. It is wonderful to read the comments and share stories with others.

So back to my Magical Doll. My maternal grandparents raised me and money wasn't ever in great supply. For the second and third gifting, my doll disappeared a week or so before Christmas. And then she "magically" reappeared on Christmas Day with a new wig and new dress. She was all wrapped and presented as if she were brand new. She started out as a redhead, but became a blonde and then a brunette.

There was never an explanation of what happened to my "old" doll and I never had the heart to admit I knew what had been done, or to comment on the fact each doll's dress was made from the same fabric as Grandma's most recent RNA convention dress. I smiled and acted as if she was the prettiest NEW doll I'd ever seen.

I get more joy from remembering Grandma's efforts to stretch a dollar while still giving me a happy Christmas than if the doll had come from Nieman Marcus. I wish I still had the doll. Even more..I wish I still had my Grandma with me.

Grandma & me

Our last picture together 1990


Yvonne said...

What a sweet memory. :)

Andee said...

What a fabulous grandma. I hope your story wins the contest!

Mary L. said...

Thanks Yvonne and Andee. I think the contest is luck of the draw, but sure I'd love to win. In any case having this wonderful memory makes me a winner already!

karenfae said...

What a wonderful story and isn't it great the bond between a grandmother and grandchild!

Juliann in WA said...

What a lovely memory. My Chatty Cathy was newly gifted the year my brothers broker her pull string.

Jacquie said...

Sweet memories Mary! The only thing better than having a great grandma is being one!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful share! I love the pictures you used at the end. I can see a family resemblance.

Bizarre Quilter said...

What a wonderful story. I am a bit teary just thinking about it. :)

I love your Santas and your table runners. Wow! you have been sewing your little fingers off!! I love them! What lucky recipients!

Loz in Oz

Anonymous said...

Love your stories and your pictures. My little sister had a small doll that my mother dressed differently from kindergarten until my sister graduated from high school. The last year she was dressed as a bride. The whole family looked forward each year to seeing what Rita-Doll would be wearing.