I don't know if this is my favorite Christmas memory, but it is probably my earliest Christmas memory. I was six years old and we spent Christmas with my Aunt Mary and her family. When I went to bed on Christmas eve, I was really worried that Santa would not be able to find me, since I was not at home. I still remember walking down the hallway on Christmas morning, worried that there would be no Christmas presents for me under the tree. Imagine my elation when I spied a Barbie doll just for me! I can still remember the thrill and the relief when I saw that Barbie. It was one of the earliest Barbie dolls, since they only came out in 1959 and this was 1961. It was the "Bubble cut" Barbie and of course she was brunette, since I had dark brown hair. I no longer have the doll, but I did search the web for a couple of pictures to share. I understand that she was patterned after Jackie Kennedy, since President Kennedy had been inaugurated that year.
I purchased this reproduction and have it on my shelf. I did have the Silken Flame outfit, too.
I have also included a picture of Jackie Kennedy in her inaugural dress to show the comparison. She is beautiful, isn't she. Quite different from what we see in fashion today, but she is classy and gorgeous.
I know that this isn't a profound memory, but we didn't have many toys when I was growing up and we would have only one or two presents at Christmas. My parents always sacrificed so that we could have something under the tree. This particular year, my brother was only one and it was a particularly hard year for my family financially, so this doll was really special. She was one of my most prized possessions and I played with her constantly. My grandmother sewed her doll clothes, since we couldn't afford to buy outfits. But I did have the Silken Flame red outfit! I do remember that her head fell off quite often! LOL! But that didn't make her any less special to me. It was several years later before I got Midge and Ken.
Another challenge from Miss Beverly is to pick out a blog to highlight each week. It is so difficult to choose just one, but this week I would like to highlight MizMollye, shezaDoozey. Take time to visit this wonderful, funny lady. She will add a little Louisiana charm to your day and you will be blessed, I am sure.
Well, I hope you all have a wonderful pink Saturday. It is snowing here in mid-Michigan and I think we just might have a white Christmas this year. Blessings to you all!