Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Remember?


Remember coin purses? Remember when most of your financial liquidity was in coins and all your worldly cash was carried in a coin purse? Remember when your daily purchases consisted of candy bars, bubble gum, or comic books? Me too! I had a little nostalgia this week when I made these....

They were fun to make and easy too.  I looked at the diagrams in my Japanese book and figured it out.  Hmmm, I wouldn't be surprised if we might offer little coin purse kits in the future. 

 I promise to have directions in English (they may or may not be easier to follow than the Japanese directions - Hah!)


Polly found something to be nostalgic about too.  When cleaning out a closet, she came upon some fat quarters of some long gone fabric collections.  Most of these are from Winter - one of our Christmas fabric collections.  I also spy some pieces from Coming Home and Prairie Paisley.



Would you like these to come live at your house? Just comment here about something you remember about the holidays from days gone by - and comment before midnight Sunday December 21st and these will be yours.

Laters

Laurie

168 comments:

Sharon said...

My mother always gave us home sewn gifts for Christmas….pajamas, toys, etc. One year she made me a faux fur jacket that was SO cool! I wish I still had that….

Deb said...

Every year my mother would take us to Hudsons in Detroit so visit Santa and then lunch afterwards. It's one of my most favorite memories of the holiday season.

Fibercrafter said...

Making Christmas cookies with my Mom was always so much fun! We had two big tins that we would fill up (or try to!)

B J Chaplin said...

Back in the 1950's,I remember receiving a cowgirl outfit along with a holster and toy guns from Santa and it was an OK thing for a kid to get for Christmas.

Margaret said...

I remember when my son was about 9 months old, waiting with him on Christmas day in front of the Christmas tree for everyone else in the house to wake up. That little face, and now he's almost 21 years old. Time goes too fast.

Miss Jean said...

When I was little we always went to our grandparent's house for Christmas Eve. Sweet memories!

lucysmom said...

I have so many happy Christmas memories of being with extended family. Yummy food and so much love.

Linda Garcia said...

Every year I am reminded about making felt ornaments with my Nana. Recently, I created a shadow box with them and hang it on the wall every Christmas.

Margaret said...

It's so funny that Polly came across some long gone fabric recently, because the same thing happened to me yesterday when I was cleaning in the basement. I found a little bit of a Christmas fabric that dated from my childhood. I can't, for the life of me, think of what it was used for, but seeing it sure did bring back memories of childhood Christmases with my family. The images I have in my mind are the Christmas tree, with gifts tucked underneath, and we 3 children sitting in front of it all. Very happy times.

Sharon A. said...

We never had Christmas stockings and didn't have a fireplace and mantel on which to hang them. Instead we pinned our Dad's long work socks to the back of the sofa. On Christmas morning all seven of them were lined up across that sofa and full of special treats. Dad never minded that we used his socks because they were the biggest ones we could find to use!

Missy Endres said...

Every year, we would go to my Grandma's house on Christmas Eve to celebrate with my aunts, uncles and cousins. Then, when we would get home Santa would have arrived! Lots of good memories!

Ronnie said...

I remember getting dolls for Christmas, I really loved those dolls. Your fabric is lovely!

audrey said...

I remember getting a doll every single year for Christmas as a young girl and I remember getting those slippers that had the slippery plasticky fake leather on the bottom and knitted socks on the top.:) Love your darling little coin purse!

Patty Nordahl said...

I remember my parents taking us to Boston to see the windows at Filene's and Jordan Marsh - with their animated villages and Christmas scenes. Then we would walk down to The Common to see the lights.

Gill said...

I remember trying to stay awake to see Father Christmas - I never succeeded!!

Teri said...

My Dad worked at Ford Motor Company's Rouge Plant. Each year we went to the Rotunda on Outer Drive and had our "Ford" day with a visit from Santa and a gift. I also remember going to Downtown Detroit Hudsons and visit Santa. There were six in our family so we received underwear, socks and one toy for Christmas. Our fresh tree on the front porch so it wouldn't start on fire, and we kids were in charge of going out there to plug the lights in and out. Merry Christmas from this Michigonian (part Michigan and part Oregon).

MJinMichigan said...

My grandmother would take all of the grandchildren on the bus to downtown Detroit to see the Christmas window displays at J L Hudsons followed by lunch on the mezzanine. We all had to dress up and even wear our white gloves!

mnms said...

I grew up in California but now live in the Northeast. While I love snow, I have fond memories of warm 50 degree Christmases spent climbing walnut trees in one grandmother's yard.

Janet said...

I totally remember my coin purse days - you could buy a while lot more with a quarter then :0) Your coin purse is lovely - those hexagons must be very small! What a gorgeous stack of fabrics - my memories about Christmases a long time ago mostly involve food :0) My mom baked such lovely goodies! She always made a cinnamon bun ring for breakfast on Christmas morning - we ALWAYS ate porridge for breakfast so it was a super treat!

Buckeye Quilter said...

I love that little purse. When you showed the book to us after your trip to New York, I thought I would try to order one from your book store, but the title being in Japanese put a stop to that idea. I am glad you are thinking about kits. I wonder where you get the frames? My favorite memory was receiving my Tiny Tears doll in a playpen.
Every year my Mother took us to downtown the Lazarus store in Columbus, OH to see their animated windows. They were wonderful.
Merry Christmas to everyone.

Hildy said...

A few years ago I made little fabric sachets with cat nip for my two cats. They had a really great xmas and the whole family had a lot of fun with the stoned cats;-) (Disclaimer: no harm done to the cats they're still fine:-)

Anonymous said...

I have the best memories of Christmas at my grandmother's house when I was a kid. She could really decorate for Christmas, and cook. The Christmas spirit was everywhere. She was also the one that taught me to sew and quilt. Now I get to make Christmas presents for the ones I love.

Terri McBride said...

I found one of your older lines in a fabric store this past summer different ticking fabric a got tons so excited. My favorite memory was my great grandfather reading us the Christmas story from the bible on Christmas Eve after dinner it was so special.

Deb said...

We used to go to my in-laws for Christmas eve and we would always have chili and cinnamon rolls and then off to church. Those days have changed a lot!

Mary said...

Oh my-talk about a Christmas present surprise. My happiest Christmases in memory are the ones that involve the kids when they believed. they are all wonderful memories but these are the best ones in my mind. There is just something about seeing their wonder and surprise about the whole thing. That's the real deal to me to relish in their innocence. happy Holidays to you and thank you for the chance to win.

mar

Carol said...

I was reading the comments and was amazed when I read 3 comments about Hudson's in Detroit. I grew up in Windsor and I loved going to the downtown Hudson's to see the 12th floor toyland. The decorations were fantastic for that time (1950's) and it was such a treat. We also went to the Ford Rotunda every year. What wonderful memories.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

How fun! Our grandmother would always make us new pj's for Christmas eve and use huge basting stitches to sew a sleeve shut. LOL It was a great joke among us! So one year my brother asked me to patch a pr of his pants--guess what I did? ;-) LOL My SIL said he was so funny to watch as he tried to put his jeans on...hmm and I have never patched a pr since!

Lizzie said...

I just remember a simpler time, family was more important than shopping. electronic stuff didn't exhist and it was so much nicer.

Melanie said...

My most vivid memory is receiving a clock radio for my bedroom when I was in seventh grade! I loved having my very own radio!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Oh wow! So many happy memories--Mother making divinity and fudge with black walnuts, shooting mistletoe, Christmas Eve service at church, Christmas meal with Grandparents and all the aunts/uncles and cousins.

Chookyblue...... said...

When I was little we always had a Christmas eve carnival in the main street in our little town....it was always a warm night and most people who were coming home or Christmas with family would be back and come too..........then we would go to church at 9pm and then home and into bed.......once we turned 18 we would stop at the hotel on the way home from mass and see all our old school friends......it was a ggreat time to catch up with friends who had left the town for work.......
we always had christmas day visiting grandparents for meals...........

I have a gorgeous punch coin needle purse in my handbag at the moment........

have a merry christmas........I always enjoy visiting your blog.........thankyou

Susie Hoover said...

I remember always wishing for a White Christmas. Can't ever remember getting one though! Maybe that's why we were always wishing for one! Hahaha!

Pam said...

My brother and I argued and bickered our entire childhood (poor Mom and Dad) except when the Christmas tree went up! We would crawl under it and lie on our backs and ooh and ahh at the lights and ornaments for the longest time - that may be why the tree went up earlier and earlier every year! We also each had a turn knocking the darned thing over trying to put the angel on the top :) Good times! Thanks for the chance to win!

Elaine said...

What a beautiful collection of fabrics. I'm sure they would love living at my home! I remember the Christmas I dislodged my grandfather's thumb, I was never allowed to live that one down! Merry Christmas, Laurie and Polly!

Margo said...

We always had oranges in our stocking along with other small gifts. And the magic of Santa that my mom always kept in our house!

Pat said...

When we lived in Germany we had a silver tree with the light wheel... wish we still had it. Also driving around looking at lights.

Janet said...

Ooh, my heart went pitter pat when I saw that stack! I remember a lot of different things about Christmas, the full stockings to keep me out of my parents hair in the early hours, my big sisters coming home for the holidays ... The fun of Christmas morning. The Christmases of childhood are magical, I think!

Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Helen said...

My mom designed and made Christmas stockings for me and my siblings. They are a perfect example of 1960s Christmas. She would hang them on the fireplace. We all still hang them for the holidays. I've made a version for one nephew and have a few more to make.

Deb G. in VA said...

When I was little we always went to my grandparents house for Christmas with all of my mom's sisters and their families.

Debra said...

I remember seeing the revolving colors from the color wheel shining on the ceiling of our living room from my bedroom. We had one of those classic silver Christmas trees!

jill said...

My two older brothers and I were terrible about snooping around for Christmas gifts. One year, while our folks were at work we decided opening one present under the tree would be OK. We were also 'experts' at opening presents carefully, LOL. Opened the ones from our grandparents...not too thrilled with the watches but, we wore them for a bit and of course we had to set them and wind them up.
Come Christmas Eve, Dad let us open one gift. He...picked our grandparents gifts. After opening mine, he tells me to let him set it and wind it up. Without thinking I state that, "oh, Scott already did that for me". The look on my dad's face was priceless. We were never trusted alone with gifts again.

Hope your day is full of joy.
blessings, jill

Colleen Gander said...

I'm guessing my frantic sewing to create gifts for my list of friends and family comes naturally as my mother did this as far back as I can remember. It was a measure to stretch the budget and also fill her quiet evenings when my father travelled for his job. My favourite gift was the red corduroy skating dress with the full circle skirt. It didn't make me any better at scratching figure eights in the ice but I thought I looked like Peggy Fleming while I twirled.

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Karen said...

We were allowed to open on gift on Christmas Eve. It was always tough to choose which one to open. I loved going to the midnight Christmas eve service at church. I still enjoy it but most churches have it earlier now.

Laurie Arp said...

I remember the Christmas we cut a pine tree down from our front lawn to use for our indoor tree. The tree looked much smaller outdoors than it did in the house! We could barely walk around it to sit down in the living room.

Jill said...

Wow, look at those great fabrics! My stocking...always with the same fruit, candy and one little gift that we always opened first. And, a bottle of Coke (16oz. glass bottle) one for each of use kids. We rarely drank pop growing up so I love my bottle of Coke.

Robyn said...

Gorgeous Christmas fabrics! My granddad used to take all the grandkids to see a movie on Christmas Day. We'd go see Disney movies like Bambi, Dumbo, etc.

Mary said...

I remember when my parents loaded up the whole family and we spent the day picking up walnuts on our farm. My dad hauled them to town to sell at the grain co-op. Everyone got a share of the money, and that is what we kids used to buy our Christmas presents for each other and our parents.

Rhonda said...

My mom got together with my best friends' mom and they made a whole box full of doll clothes for each of us. Imagine our surprise when we got together and found we had look alike outfits for our dolls. More than 40 years later, I still have my doll and all her beautiful clothes!

Laurel said...

Each Christmas Eve day my mother would lead us in doughnut making. We would take yummy glazed doughnuts to friends and family throughout the day. It all began when we were snowed in one Christmas in Idaho. Mom made doughnuts to life out spirits. Now it continues on as her children and grandchildren now maked Christmas doughnuts with their families.

Every Stitch said...

As children my sister and I always had a craft item in our pillow case of Xmas gifts - whether wool or fabric - and it was always a thrill to spend January making something.

Carmen said...

I remember my son being furious when he figured out it was Daddy behind Santa's beard at his Preschool Christmas concert. He demanded, as only a 4 year old can, that Daddy "G-E-T-O-U-T!!!" of Santa. We still laugh ourselves silly at the memory. Thanks for the chance to win and Merry Christmas.

Sue Bennett said...

I remember all of the family getting together and have dinner and we hung out stockings. We always got oranges and nuts with peppermint sticks in them. Great memories.

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DebrafromMD said...

My favorite Christmas memory is flying to Korea to visit the Holt adoption offices where we picked out my baby sister. She came home to live with is a few months later after the adoption had been finalized. Best Christmas gift ever.

Anonymous said...

I remember laying on my back under the Christmas tree and loving how the lights and shiny ornaments looked to me!

Mary F in Naperville

hiyacinth said...

One of my favorite memories is leaving Ohio for a Florida vacation and having my picture taken in front of a bank of poinsettias--growing outside to unbelievable heights! Masses and masses of blooms!

Anonymous said...

Christmas at my grandma and grandpa's house. My dad's younger sister of 18 yrs would be there and my dad's twin brother with family of eight would come from Detroit. It was such a delight to see them and that large silver tinsel tree with a color changing wheel directed upon it with all those presents gathered beneath. Then that large turkey after the presents were open. Yum! So much to be grateful for. Pam T., Dexter

Rosa said...

Many Christmas memories,in this season all my brohers and sister with their children,we try to be together the Night before christmas and Christmas Eve. That`s a fun days,cooking,eating,laughing,playing and dancing and best of all be together.

Crickets Corner said...

My step mother had one of those coin purses that she kept her fun money in. My mother worked for a government contractor and back in the 50's and 60's they would send a whole ham and a huge fruit and candy gift basket home with the employees every Christmas. I remember when she would walk in the door carrying that basket. It was wrapped in such a pretty way and had so many different fruits and candy in it. Of course we kids just wanted to get to the candy.

dortha said...

I remember getting a typewriter for Christmas one year. I usually got Barbie dolls. I loved that typewriter. Wish I still had it.

Amy said...

Our family went on Christmas Eve drives to view the lights on the houses in the neighborhood. While we were out, Daddy would point out a blinking red light that he was sure was Rudolph. When we got home, Santa had been there. We just missed him, according to our Mom. We were so excited and were allowed to open one that night.

Caro said...

I remember waking up early Christmas morning to find the gifts that Santa left for us! So much anticipation and excitement!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I always remember my mom making us sing Silent Night before we could open our gifts. This was always done after we had attended midnight mass. I also remember looking forward to apple strudel that my mom made every Christmas!

Cathy said...

From days long gone by, I remember going to the Hudson's store in downtown Detroit to see Santa. Then have a peppermint ice cream sundae in their restaurant, with Maurice salad for Mom and Grandma.

Cathy said...

From days long gone by, I remember going to the Hudson's store in downtown Detroit to see Santa. Then have a peppermint ice cream sundae in their restaurant, with Maurice salad for Mom and Grandma.

Karen M said...

My best Christmas memory was Christmas day at my Grandma's house. She cooked and baked like crazy to feed her large extended family. She taught me to sew when I was very young. I credit her with my love of quilting. Thanks for the chance to win.

marie said...

My Christmas memories is dinner at my Grandma's, she cooked on a wood stove. Oh, that was so cool, lifting up the circle grate to see real flames.

MARCIE said...

My mother designed our Christmas cards with her India ink drawings and her beautiful lettering and my grandfather developed them. I remember his bathtub filled with some solution and lots of Christmas cards--all in black and white, of course!

lovetostitch said...

I always loved the big dot with the moon fabric!!
I remember going to my grandparents with our Christmas outfits, and after dinner, she would play the piano and we would all sing. My grandparents were the best!

Beth said...

What beautiful fabrics - I always enjoyed seeing the animated windows at Marshall Fields in Chicago.

Glynette said...

We would drive downtown and see the lights strung on the huge pines!

Jan W. said...

Christmas Eve service at church--which I dreaded because we always had to memorize a piece and then recite it in front of the congregation. I went to a small country church - so maybe there was 50 people there at the most. But in my mind it wad 5000 people. As soon as that was over and we were sent home with an orange, an apple and a candy cane in a little brown sack, I was ready for Christmas! What a beautiful memory now! (And that would make me 66 - not exactly ancient.)

Unknown said...

I remember carolers would come to the door and sing for us. Mom would be busy getting a plate of her home made cookies ready to offer them when they were finished.

martha said...

I loved going to my grandparents house for christmas. I had 45 cousins and it was always fun and noisy!

Phazereyes said...

These are beautiful fabrics! My fond holiday memories are of Christmas Eve's in my long ago childhood. It was the next best thing to Christmas morning! I would get to open one present on Christmas Eve and then I would have the hardest time getting to sleep because I was so excited and kept thinking I heard reindeer on our roof. My Dad made Christmas so magical and I try to bring that magic for my daughter at holiday time! Hope you guys have a wonderful holiday season as well!

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Anonymous said...

My dad & I always went out in our woods & cut a Christmas tree with an old tractor & sled

kshackabq said...

Lovely fabrics. And what a fun coin purse. Definitely brings back memories. One of my favorite Christmas things to remember were the bubble lights we had on our tree. They were such fun to watch.

Thimbleanna said...

I remember all the icicles that hung on our tree. When I was old enough, I used to spend HOURS meticulously hanging those strands on each branch. It was fun and beautiful.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I remember riding with my parents Christmas Eve to have an elegant dinner with friends. As we drove through the business district, it was so dark with all the stores closed so the workers could be home with their families. That was about 40 years ago. Boy have things changed!

Merry Christmas! Thanks for the giveaway and a great blog.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Gorgeous fabrics!

My sisters and I would go play in the basement after dinner on Christmas Eve while we waited for "Santa" to arrive. I can't believe we never questioned why "Santa" wouldn't come until we were out of sight yet he had no qualms about coming when our parents were still upstairs. Guess that's a testament to our wish to believe. ;-)

Lorraine said...

I fondly remember the display of various houses, ice skaters...a miniature village under our Christmas tree . Also, an electric train setup completed the scene.

Lorraine

Lesa Glines said...

Christmas was the only time of year my brother and I didn't mind going to bed and we were always the first to wake up. Presents are a big motivator for a kid. :)

Gretchen said...

Christmas Eve at my grandparents house with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. Lots of laughter and food and yummy cookies. I miss those special times.

wendy said...

I remember going through the Sears catalog for HOURS, searching for the right gift! Every year my brother and I would wait for that to come in the mail!

Anonymous said...

Our house burned down when I was 5. It was early december. Just before christmas a brown leather suitcase arrived in the mail from english relatives. Christmas morning my dad opened it. Inside was full of little wrapped gifts. The family had pooled their resources and we got candy and books and small games.....it was the best christmas ever.
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Trudy Bauman said...

The Christmas I was seven (1957), I received a Betsey Wetsey doll. She came with a complete layette including a bottle, diaper, two little dresses, booties and, for some reason, a small package of Doeskin kleenex. I loved her. My great-aunt taught me to make her simple clothes and thus began my love of fabric and all things related to sewing.

Ann Vivian said...

Many years ago, as a young child, I remember a special Christmas Eve with my cousins. We were all ready for bed, in warm, cozy pyjamas that had been hand-made, eagerly awaiting Santa's arrival. Of course, we had been told that we must be in bed when Santa arrived and when my Uncle Dale, who was quite a tease, declared that he saw Santa and his sleigh outside in the sky, we all ran to the window for a glimpse, and then dashed into bed and closed our eyes, in fear that Santa would know we were still awake.

Anonymous said...

My mom recently came across an old photo album from the 60's when my sister and I were young. Love the Christmas pictures the best, especially of my sister and I playing in our new cardboard kitchen, that my dad stayed up most of the night assembling the appliances. They were all Pink! a little girls dream. :)

Pam K. Ann Arbor

Sherrill said...

I remember when we got the cool silvery aluminum Christmas tree with the color wheel (and I STILL have it! LOL). Thanks for the giveaway--they're lovely.

Carol said...

I remember all the great scandinavian cookies my mother and grandmother made. I have tried to continue that tradition.

llavmc said...

I remember that as a child my parents used to get everyone in the family the same gift from Santa. One year it was bikes, another sleds and one year ice skates. Even my parents got these gifts from Santa and then we would have family outings together and use our gifts.

susanj said...

We always went to a favorite Aunts' house-she would have a Santa come to pass out our gifts, wow, some fun.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite memories is singing Christmas hymns and carols along with the organ and the other attendees at my grandparents church.

--- D. Holloway

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kelley said...

I remember grandma's house on Christmas Eve...her favorite time of year...we'd have to open our gifts very carefully...saving the paper and bows for next year...

Sue said...

We went to grandma and grandpa's house every Christmas Eve until I was 32 years old and she finally stopped doing it after grandpa passed away. There were lights around the picture window, her 3 wisemen on camels on the tv, always a real spruce with christmas ornaments and strings of silver beads from Germany that came when my grandparents immigrated and Cookies. My grandma made cookies for weeks before Christmas and we all had our favorites. I make them now for my grown kids and my grandbaby. And I decorate with the silver beads. Thanks for the memory.

Penny said...

So many memories of Christmas past, like always a flocked Christmas tree that truly looked like it was covered w/ snow in sunny CA no less. candlelight service held late Christmas eve at church & the anticipation of Christmas morning opening presents w/ our small family w/ creamed chipped beef for brkfast then off to visit grandparents. afternoon.Where oh where have all these cherished memories gone in this modern day world?

Unknown said...

I remember lying under the Christmas tree in our living room with only the Bubble lights on. I also remember listening to the daily installments of "The Cinnamon Bear" Christmas radio program. Great memories.

Sharon S said...

The Christmas' where 4 generations of my Dad's family were celebrating with us. It was a bonus that great Grandpa looked like Santa!

Sherri said...

My grandmother always gave me handmade gifts...crocheted sweater vests, sewn dresses, and hand made Barbie clothes when I was young. When she started quilting I received quilted pillows, wall hangings, place mats and table runners. I miss those "soft" packages from Grandma these days. She's in her 90's now and doesn't get to do any "making."

Jacqueline said...

Mom always hosted Christmas Eve for all of us 5 kids, our spouses and our kids. We all piled into her three room apartment for a ham dinner with all the trimmings and our gift exchange. Right up to the last Dec of her life. Wall to wall family, lots of love and laughter.

helen said...

Being a baby boomer, our xmas presents where mostly hand made, cute baby cot and stroller my dad mad, bed clothes my mum made such cool things.

Paula said...

What wonderful purses. One of my favourite memory of Christmas's gone by is of being a child at my Grandmother's house and watching the fun my Dad and my uncles and aunt and their other halves had playing Risk and cards. Getting all the family around the table to play board games and cards and just have fun together has always been and will hopefully always be an important and fun part of Christmas for me.

Birlot said...

I remember Christmas decorations being special and precious. Each year the same fragile angel would be unwrapped to top the tree, we had tiny dwarfs playing musical instruments and real glass baubles. There were 5 of us and we each had our favourite decoration that we wanted to see on the tree. I try to do this with my boys, so that doing the house up for Christmas doesn't become full of disposable temporary things.

twg said...

I have a Christmas quilt made in your Winter collection & I'd love to have more of that fabric! My memory is riding with my father and grandfather on Christmas Eve to look at the decorations while Santa came to my grandmother's. I still love to do that today. Thanks

Vicky said...

I remember going to pick out a tree with Dad every year. We would get it home and he would set the tree in the living room. I had two really tacky little house ornaments, with glitter, that we'd hang on the tree that night. That was all. The next day the tree would be decorated. Very fond memories with Dad sitting around the tree with two house ornaments sipping hot cocoa.

Janet said...

My parents are deceased but I was remembering Christmas past with them and thought of singing Christmas Carols while my dad either played the pump organ or the Violin. I miss that so much. His favortie was Away in a Manger, hard to sing but we tried. Merry Christmas.

Barbara said...

I would sooooo love for those beautiful fabrics to come live at my house! My favorite childhood memories of Christmas was Christmas eve at my grandparents house, when all of my aunts, uncles & cousins got together. The large living room was blocked off so us kids couldn't see the HUGE tree loaded with gifts until it was time to open them. The excitement was unbearable!

Anonymous said...

I remember most my first bike. I was six and there was 3 feet of snow on Christmas day. My stepfather shoveled and swept the driveway so I could at least get on it. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Leota

twoives said...

When I think about Christmas as a child (and even today), Christmas was a magical time, full of anticipation. I would lay on the floor by the tree, just imagining what was in each package. Today picking out a present or making one for someone is part of the magic.


Linda said...

Arguing with my three sisters over who would get to hang "Daddy's ornament," an ornament he made when he was a little boy. ljbisme at msn dot com

Mcm said...

The Christmas that we all made homemade gifts! Smoked salmon, jams, cookie dough ready for the freezer.

Meg said...

I remember being very little, maybe only 3 or 4, and getting the first handmade gift I remember. It was a doll bed fashioned by my grandfather, with a little mattress and quilt sewn by my mother. All these years later, I still remember it so vividly.

Nancyz said...

My mom always made clothespin cookies (a delicious filled cookie) and she would hide them in the freezer so we wouldn't eat them before Christmas! But, of course, we found them and they were as delicious frozen! Thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas!

BL said...

I remember the year my sister was a toddler and the tree was set up on top of the kitchen table (all leaves installed). Every meal was a festival of lights -- we LOVED it. My brother and I were so unhappy that the tree was never put there again. I imagine my mother had her reasons......

Sandy Rowe said...

I remember having to drive through the snow to get to my grandma's house. And wearing flannel line jeans!

Stacy Lindblom said...

Each of us kids always got a box of cordial cherries. We so looked forward to getting that box!

Karen said...

I really like the coin purse and would use it. Wallets of today usually do not have adequate area for coins! Is it because as others have said, coins do not buy much anymore? I can remember as a young child getting ribbon candy and a tangerine in my Christmas stocking and being so happy with that! It looked so pretty.

TJ Sikkink said...

I totally remember my grandma's coin purse, the bottom part was made froma sock. My favorite Christmas memory is being at my grandma's and all of my cousins lined up on the couch looking out the big picture window waiting to see Santa. My dad and grandpa were clever one year and rigged up a red flashing light in the distance (she lived in the country) that we were told was Rudolph's nose.

skeeter said...

I remember going out with Dad to cut down the Christmas tree. Just the two of us would go out. Dad was patient with me as I had to find the "perfect" tree. Mom was always waiting at home, anxious to see if the tree we brought home would fit into the house!

Gayle said...

I remember decorating the tree each year with metal tinsel. We would start out placing each strand carefully, but eventually started throwing it on in big messy clumps. Made my mom so mad! LOL

Minick and Simpson said...

And Saunders and Vernors
I remember Detroit when it was good
Polly

Becky B said...

I remember getting paper bags of candy after we finished singing/acting at our church Christmas programs. We children would finish and as we walked out of the sanctuary, the deacons handed us each a good-sized bag of candy. Being poor, this was a huge treat and we made it last for weeks!

woolwoman said...

I remember being so excited to help put that silly silver tinsel on the tree. for several years those tacky silver trees were in vogue in the 60's when I a kid and I didn't like it because mom said we couldn't use the silver tinsel. I would love a shot at that beautiful fabric. Hope you and Polly are having a great holiday season - Melody

Mary Jane said...

Coin purses, how grat! My Dad always carried one of those rubber pinch coin carriers, instead of loose coins in his pocket. I had forgot about it until now, thanks for jogging my memory. What fun to find fabric treasures, I have been straightening up and have found some surprises too.

Me and My Stitches said...

I have so many great memories with my grandparents on my mom's side. Making cookies was a big one every year, and we still do it - Saturday is our big cookie bake day - will be lots of fun!

cityquilter grace said...

when i was little my dad worked in construction...seasonal work...but one year the weather was mild and he was able to work right up to christmas eve...the extra income meant more presents under the tree for a wide-eyed 8 year old...and meant an extra-merry christmas for the whole family...

Libby said...

Our neighbor made pecan rolls wrapped in a thick homemade caramel and rolled in pecans that grew on the tree in her parents home. My husband makes sure that Santa puts a pecan roll in my stocking every year as a tribute to that childhood memory.

rebecca said...

every christmas a department store downtown had all the outside windows decorated for christmas. Each one had a theme and animated characters to go with it. You walked along the sidewalk to each window and ooh and awed at them. Then we would drive around and look at the christmas lights on homes.

Kathryn said...

We used to spend Christmas Eve with my cousins and I never laughed so hard in my life! I sure miss them. We've all moved all over the country.

Lee said...

I think of my dad this time of year as this is when he passed away. He loved Christmas and he always planned an "event" every weekend after Thanksgiving until Christmas. Cut a tree, or take the train downtown to visit Santa, or making holiday cards. So many lovely memories. Probably why I adore holiday fabrics! happy holidays to you!

Tam said...

I remember mom decorating tumbleweeds for a Christmas tree, with spray on flocking, tinsel and red balls. It was great! Happy Holidays to you and family!! Tam

Lisa said...

I remember looking for Rudolph's red nose in the sky as we drove home from Grandma and Grandpa's house on Christmas Eve. Rfam8@live.com

Cathy Buel said...

My favorite Christmas memory was when I was 13 and got a tape recorder. I was sick with the flu. My uncle came over and sang "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" on the recorder. I had that tape for many years. Great giveaway. Hugs

Nancy said...

One year when my children were very young I made them pajamas to be worn on Christmas Eve. For many years after that I would make them a home made gift to be opened on Christmas Eve and to my amazement, they were always excited about the home made gift Mom had made them.

Joan said...

Lots of fond memories of Christmas day, playing new games, waiting for the turkey dinner to be ready and how delicious it was.

Elaine said...

I remember cooking chestnuts with my Dad, a very special time.

rebecca said...

Christmas's past were filled with tons of snow. I miss the festive part of all that snow!!

M. said...

Always had a stocking with an orange and nuts in it. Still do this for my kids!

Ann said...

Growing up, not much money in our household. But, my 2 sisters and I would pour over the Sears catalog and mark all the wonderful toys that we liked. It was so much fun to dream and plan. Barbies were the best!

Sam77 said...

When we were all quite young, my Christmas' were spent with my cousins. Living in a different State and not seeing each other any other time of the year would make Xmas so special. But now we are all grown up and have kids of our own, the only way we catch up now is via facebook. How times have changed.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I remember my Dad putting up the Christmas tree. He always loaded it down with tinsel. I also remember how hard it was to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Too excited to sleep. Thanks for the memories.

Trudy Moye said...

I remember going to my aunt's house on Christmas Eve then going home to find that Santa had came!

saltandpepper said...

I remember how our family made rootbeer for Christmas. Dad would make it in a large crock and bottle it in old green and clear glass pop bottles that we saved from year to year. My Grandma had an old-fashioned red metal capper and we would cap the bottles and keep them in a warm spot in the closet on their sides wrapped in newspaper until Christmas Eve. My brothers and sisters and I would look forward to homemade rootbeer every Christmas. Just loved it!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I remember being so envious of my cousin's aluminum Crhistmas tree with pink satin balls on it!

Susan Smith said...

When I was little we always got to open one package on Christmas Eve. It just so happened that our packages always contained matching nightgowns.

Barbara Pavlas said...

I remember setting the table in the afternoon on Christmas Eve with nuts and fruits and all the candies my mom made. Wonderful memories!!

Kurt Schindler said...

When I was in seventh grade, my mother replicated an outfit that I had admired in Marshall Fields in Chicago for Christmas. I was totally surprised.

Charlotte

Twyla said...

Me sitting on my grandmas lap and she'd sing jingle bells oh I miss her so much. I have great memories of her!!

Jackie said...

My sister and I always got matching PJs on Christmas Even. One year they even came with caps (I am not that old, it was weird!). We shared a room and we'd wake up early and wonder if it was late enough to wake up our parents. It never was!

Jennifer said...

The best rule my mom laid down in our home growing up is that we went nowhere Christmas day. Relatives were upset over this ruling but as kids my sister and I were able to enjoy our Christmas at home in our pjs playing with our gifts. My mom reminded those relatives that Christmas day is for the children, not to drag the children all over creation just to miss Christmas all together for a lousy meal and bad company.

Kristy said...

What I remember is that my sister and I usually got the same gift in different colors...her blue and me red. Blue and red are my favorite colors to this day. Hmmmm your stack of fabric has lots of red in it....sure would be happy at my house. Merry Christmas, Kristy

bj said...

We had stars that my sister had made out of construction paper and were sprinkled with glitter. We hung crepe paper from corner to corner in the living room, then hung the stars on it. It was great! Many years later, when my dad put the house up for sale, someone looking at the house stole them and other Christmas decorations. Devastating, as we never had much growing up.

Anonymous said...

Springerle cookies. My 90 year old mother still makes them. :)

auntie m

Janice said...

I remember putting "icicles" on our tree - one of the things I miss with having an artificial tree :-)

Karen Ann Distasio said...

What a adorable coin purse. I remember when I was young Santa Claus would come by on Christmas eve and stop at all the houses in our neighborhood and give out a small gift to each child. When my brothers and I stopped believing in Santa my Mom finally told us that Santa had been our Dad dressed up. It was something he liked to do to bring some joy to other children especially the ones whose parents did not have money to spend on gifts.

Scrapspj said...

Every year when my Mom would get out the Christmas decorations she would tell the stories associated with each one. She had tinsel for the tree that was "pre-war" that had been carefully removed year to year and saved. I love that about Christmas, a time for remembering special moments and the people who made them.

grammyE said...

Memories of busy downtown Rochester NY at Christmas time and the magical windows at Sibley's department store. To my child's eyes, every bit as wonderful as NYC store windows��

hookinct said...

My mother would take us to Radio City for the Christmas show and then to look at all the windows. Such great memeories

Susan said...

Do you remember the little green elfs that had a little pointy nose and a big smile. We had several when I was a child. Now they are the big craze with Elf on the shelf.

Sandy said...

In my family, us six kids always had to wait to open presents on Christmas morning until my dad finished milking the cows and had breakfast. 8am Lots of anticipation.
Plus I would snoop in the wastebasket in the sewing room to see what my mom was working on. She hid her scraps too. Flannel nightgowns were her specialty. Love my MOM

kathiquilts said...

Always used to make new flannel pajamas and nightgowns for my children for Christmas eve --- soo many years ago! Waiting for grandbabies to get big enough to start up again!

tamidug said...

I made my daughters matching dresses for every holiday but my favorites were always the Christmas ones! I still have scraps of fabric from those dresses and will work them into a Christmas quilt.

Tami
tamiquilts at att dot net

Kath said...

One of my favorite childhood memories is every year on Christmas morning, all eight if us children had to line up on the staircase, youngest to oldest, by our Christmas stockings. We always got to have our stockings first to see what Santa put in them. Then we were allowed into the living room to see the tree, all lit up with all the gifts underneath. I did the same thing with my children when they were little and now that they're older, they still have to open their stocking before the gifts are handed out.

SandyG said...

Skidded in here just in time, before the deadline... I have so many great memories of my childhood Christmas years...my Mom worked at Hudson's, always taking on an extra day of work to make extra money...she always made
It the most exciting magical time...she really balanced The Reason for the Season...and the magic of St. Nick...I remember Grandmas Shortbread...gatherings with both sides of the families...lots of people back then! To finish off the Season, we always looked forward to the party hats and noise makers Mom and Dad left out for us on New Years morning...they must of been exhausted by then! Merry Christmas Everyone, and blessings on the New Year.

Anonymous said...

My childhood Christmas memories include the special treats of marzipan & stollen, my Grandmother paying me a dollar to learn to sing O Tannenbaum & Stille Nacht in German, every year I hoped & prayed Santa would bring me a pony & first thing I did Christmas morning was check the garage & lo & behold I was always disappointed! Had to settle for boring things like a sled which couldn't be petted & loved lol! Merry Christmas!
Wendy in NH

Elizabeth said...

I grew up in Africa....I remember my grandmother telling me to open the bathroom window and finding snowflakes when we came home to Scotland in the 60's....absolutely magical:-)

Elizabeth said...

I grew up in Africa....I remember my grandmother telling me to open the bathroom window and finding snowflakes when we came home to Scotland in the 60's....absolutely magical:-)

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