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ChristmasLand The now-closed Santa's Village in Dundee, IL, ca. 1967.  We went there with my dad, my dad's boss and one or two of his kids... no moms.  I don't think I'd remember it if it wasn't for the pictures and, even then, the memory is vague.  How cool is that tree-ride-thingy, though, huh?

At top right, I'm doing an imitation of my mother -- pregnant with Michael at the time.  My notes say Toronto, but logic tells me St. Louis.  We moved so much in those days, though... who knows?

We definitely had a good time on Christmas morning, no matter where we lived.

In that last picture, I was in second grade. It was Annie's first Christmas, so our first Christmas with our family as complete as it would ever be.  We were living in a rented house and moved into the first home my parents bought a short time later, a much larger "Colonial."  At the time, though, for a short while, I shared a bedroom in the rented three-bedroom with Michael.  The trap door to the attic, where the Christmas presents were stashed, was in the hallway right outside our bedroom door.  I remember waking up in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve, as Mom and Dad pulled the presents down, and spying the guitar in the attic -- I knew that it was for me.  I don't remember that it was something I really wanted or asked for, was hoping for or expected, but I knew that it was mine.  I was dreamy in bed, happy and excited at the discovery, and then, a moment later, disappointed that the surprise was ruined.  I ruined plenty of Christmas surprises in years to come -- on purpose -- 4 a.m. adventures to the living room, usually with Karen, to see what was under the tree.

Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!  Merry Days!

Comments

lynne s of Oz

A very merry Christmas to you and yours, Vicki! Hope you have a great time.

Carole

I love these old photos, Vicki! They look like Christmases from my child and Dale's, too.
Have a wonderful Christmas. Love to you all!

Cara

Merry Christmas Vicki!!! Have a FANTASTIC day!

Carol

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours! Naughty girl you, peeking and all. LOL

Gillian

Merry Christmas Vicki, I bet I have a few photos like that too.

kmkat

Old photos are such a hoot -- and such a treasure. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Holly

I think the first photo might be Santa's Village in Dundee, IL. We used to go there when I was a little girl.
Great pics and Merry Christmas!

Stacie

Merry Christmas :)

Birdsong

Merry Christmas to you! Hope you are having a relaxing and happy holiday with your family. Thanks for sharing the great photos.

beadslut

I'm with Holly. Definitely Santa's Village.

Here's hoping your Christmas was fabulous and filled with joy.

Elizabeth

I love the old photos. I ruined a present surprise only once and learned my lesson! I think/hope I scared my own kids off sneek peaking with the sordid tale.
Hope you are having a great holiday!

Norma

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Vicki! I love that pregnant pose. Hatched in a little girl's innocent imagination. Too funny. What did your dad do that you moved so much?

Angie

Very fun photos. It was such a magical time for me and my brother, too.

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