Joining in with Sian and the revived Christmas Club today to share stories sparked by the simple beginning. . .
At Christmas we . . .
. . . often had surprises. I remember . . .
*the year Papa Bill's plane was scheduled to arrive very late on Christmas Eve. As we were loading up in the car for the drive to the airport, Mama had to run back in the house for something she forgot. We were soon on our way, however, and very happy to see Papa Bill and head back home. We had seen on the news that Santa was near our area, and as we entered the house, we realized he had visited us while we were at the airport! All our gifts were under the tree and we were able to enjoy them before heading to bed some time in the wee hours of the morning!
*the year I got up early and saw the huge stuffed animal for my younger sister, and the big bean bag for my older sister, and didn't notice my gift lying all alone on the table, underneath the small tree, until Daddy said I should look again . . . and there it was, my very own .410 shotgun. Until that moment, I'm not sure that I really believed I would get one. I was so excited that I carried it around all day and even propped it against the wall near my chair while we ate Christmas dinner!
*the year Grandma gave each of us girls a real rabbit coat. I didn't think much about it at the time, but I'm sure she must have saved for quite some time to be able to afford those gifts on her grocery store clerk's salary.
*the year I got a $50 Ralph Lauren shirt. We didn't have money for expensive clothes, but I wanted one of those shirts, like everyone else had back then, even though it was such a luxury. Somehow Mama & Daddy made sure a plaid long-sleeve shirt with the Ralph Lauren logo made its way under our Christmas tree that year. (Alas, I know there must be a photo of me wearing that shirt but I can't seem to find it!)
Please share your Christmas surprises memories in the comments & be sure to pop over to Sian's to enjoy more Christmas Club stories.