Monday, December 22, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Memory

Today I'm participating in a festive bloghop hosted by amazingly-talented, super-fun bloggers Cherdo and Janie Junebug. You can join in, too. Just add your name to the list and post about your favorite Christmas memory.



This was a tough one. I had a lot of great Christmases growing up. The first one I remember was this one, while my mom, sister, and I were living in Missouri. (I'm the brunette.)



All I remember of that Christmas was that I got a Holly Hobbie Easy Bake Oven. It looked like this:



I think when I remember Christmas, I think back to when I was 16. It was exciting for several reasons. One, I was driving for the first time. My first car had only an AM radio, but I loved it. It felt so grown up to drive. It looked kind of like this:



I was (sort of) working at my first job. I only worked Saturdays, though. I didn't like that job and would soon replace it with my favorite job ever (besides writing)--movie theater concessions stand worker. But that Christmas, I was making no-bake cookies to take to the "Christmas party" at my horrible workplace:



While making our delicious cookies, Mom asked if I'd called to find out the time of the party. I called and the manager said, in a not-so-nice voice, "Party? We're not doing a party. People are just dropping off food for the people who are working today." I hung up and, after discussing it with my mom, we decided to keep these delicious treats for ourselves:



I got to spend the rest of Christmas Eve at home. It was the last year I wasn't working at Christmas (movie theaters don't close) and the last year of doing not much more than going to the mall, talking on the phone, and going to school. Perhaps that is why it sticks in my mind to this day.

What is your favorite Christmas memory? Why does it stay with you?

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  1. I always loved those cookies! My favorite Christmas memories involve my own kids and seeing their reactions to what Santa brought.

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  2. Good idea to keep those cookies!
    Have a great Christmas, Stephanie!

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    1. That job was not the best, to say the least. At least it inspired me to go to college!

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  3. I'll think on this one. I have so many Christmas memories! :)

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, too, Diane!

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  4. Good one Stephanie - I would have kept the cookies too!
    My favorite Christmas memory is posted - come have a look, if you have time!! Both blogs!!(smile).

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  5. I have lots of good memories of Christmas past, and I hope to have many more of Christmas future. :)

    Have a great Christmas, Stephanie!

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  6. Omg, I just wanna eat all those cookies & must say you looked so cute in your childhood same like as you look today..
    You learnt driving at 16.really amazing...
    *Have a great Christmas, I wish you make many new memories...♥*

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    1. Thank you, Akshitha. Yes, in the States, kids now get a permit to start learning to drive the day they turn 15. I think back then we could only get our permit a couple of months before 16.

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  7. Holly Hobby Easy Bake Oven! After all these years I still remember how difficult it was to find that “all I want is a Holly Hobby Easy Bake Oven” gift! I searched everywhere for that oven. I even suggested you might like the easier to find regular Easy Bake Oven. With big tears in your eyes you said you “guessed” it would be “okay”, but you REALLY wanted the Holly Hobby one. I finally found one (by phone) in a city about an hour and half from where we lived and begged a lady named Kathy to hold it for me. When I got there, they said they didn’t have any left—then Kathy spoke up and said she had “hidden” it for me. (She was a mom too.) Thanks for remembering that particular item! ~ Love you, Mom.

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    1. I didn't know all that!!! Thank you for going to all that trouble.

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  8. such lovely Christmas memories you have!

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  9. The last year of super freedom, that is a great reason for it to be the best indeed. That is one big oven lol

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  10. I don't have any childhood Christmas memories worth talking about. It was just another day to my parents. So it was just another day to us kids.

    You have some wonderful memories. That's awesome.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. So sorry to hear that, Sandee, although I'm sure you have lots of great memories of other days.

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  11. omg that Easy Bake Oven--I want! I had one when I was little but it hardly worked (do any of othem? lol) I think my all time fav Chanukah memory was getting a boom box (ha). we kept our electric Menorah in the living room so that's where we used to open presents. I just remember it was my first ever boom box, my dad helped me put the batteries in, and when I put on the radio, the first song that came on was Adam Sandler's Chanukah song and we all kind super excited and started singing!

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    1. I remember getting a boom box for Christmas. By the song that came on, I can tell how young you are!

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  12. Hi, Stephanie,

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! So glad you had such wonderful memories to chose from. I had many happy Christmas' as a child, but I think one of my favs was when I worked as Christmas help in a huge NYC department store when I was sixteen (just before I launched my modeling career.) Fashion was never a part of my life previously, but working in the young mens dept and WRAPPING all the boxes of sweats, shirts, and pants for parents kept my day jumping! This was the late 70's and there was no Amazon so customers were six deep in dept stores back then and especially in NYC....

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    1. I was just talking about the big gift-wrapping operations that used to be at malls. I think they still have them, but they're much smaller and now they wrap for donations.

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  13. Wow, Stephanie. It seems you and I have some things in common! I didn't work at Burger King but I did work at McDonalds when I was 16. I hated it. I also worked at a Loews movie theatre to mustard up enough money for my hatch back ride. Definitely don't miss those days, lol=)

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    1. That's hilarious! Our first jobs were both fast food, then we both moved on to movie theater work. The movie theater was paradise compared to fast food!

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  14. sounds like a perfect 16 yr. old's memory. :)

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  15. Mmmmm....cookies....

    A "favorite job" is a gift! Ha ha. I had a few doosies before I became a nurse, and I had some after that, too. Nurses work all the time; people get sick on Christmas, too - isn't that inconvenient?

    Thanks for the memories and kind words! Have a wonderful holiday and Merry Christmas!

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    1. Yes, working on Christmas isn't so fun, but if you're going to be in a hospital on Christmas Day, probably better to be the nurse than the patient!

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  16. Great memories! And those cookies look yummy, it has been years since I made them and now I want to. :)

    I love the "first" Christmas's with my girls, those are so memorable and of course I have loved every single one since they were all old enough to be excited and to feel the magic that is Christmas.

    For me, I remember one as a child and then after that my most memorable is probably when I was 16 as well. For some reason that one was more magical than I remember one being in a really long time.

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  17. I LOVED hearing just how much trouble your mama went to in finding that Holly Hobbie Easy Bake Oven. Misty eyes here.
    Keeping the cookies was an excellent call - facilitated by the same most excellent mother.
    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Aww! Yes, it was SO sweet. Kids never realize how hard it is for parents to track down that "it toy" each year. Part of it is that kids think Santa can bring anything!

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  18. that's a great and sweet memory. Merry christmas!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, too, Melliane!

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  19. What a great memory and the cookies were meant to stay and be appreciated. You probably were able to see many movies at that time. Have a Very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Free movies--and all the free popcorn you wanted. I still am not a huge fan of popcorn. I think I just burned out on it!

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  20. I draw a total blank on great Christmas memories... but I can't really remember any bad ones, either.

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    1. I don't remember any bad ones, either--just some that don't stand out as much.

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  21. I had a Holly Hobbie Easy Bake Oven too! Man I loved that thing.

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    1. There's a picture of my sister and me baking cookies in it. It's one of my favorite pictures.

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  22. Great memories. Those Holly Hobbie ovens were all the rage. How sweet your mom found you one

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    1. She went to a lot of trouble, as evidenced by her comment above. I had no idea she did all that!

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  23. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  24. I can see why those Christmases are so memorable. :) I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven, but I never got one. Now I tell my mom that is why I don't cook! lol.

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    1. I don't really cook that often either, if I can get away with it!

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  25. Awesome memories. I had a Holly Hobbie easy bake oven too. :) Have a very merry Christmas!

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  26. Great memories, Stephanie! I'm glad you and your mom kept those cookies. It's tough to name a specific Christmas memory.

    I fondly recall the holiday when I was a child and my grandmother used to make her homemade lasagna. The world seemed like a simpler, nicer place back then. But then I was just a kid. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Christmas lasagna! Sounds much better than turkey.

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  27. Amazingly fun, super talented, genius without equal, a queen for the ages, it's Cherdo. What am I? Chopped liver? I would have kept those cookies, too. Thanks for hopping with us.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Sorry--I've been trying to organize Christmas, a blog tour, and a HUGE workload from my freelance clients. I have "December brain!" I corrected the blog.

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  28. First jobs are never great. Mine was terrible, I still have nightmares

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    1. It serves as incentive to go to college, I guess!

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  29. I always thought it might be interesting to work at a movie theater; but you are right, these days they are open on all the holidays. The cookies look delicious! So many Christmas memories, but I like the year we got son a cell phone for Christmas, put it in his stocking, and then called the number when he was about to look at what was in his stocking. The look on his face was priceless realizing where the phone ringing was coming from!

    betty

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    1. They were open 365 days a year back in 1987 when I worked there, as well. I don't know what year that started... But Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day are two of the biggest movie days of the year. (Usually after about 4 or 5 p.m., when kids start getting restless for something to do!)

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  30. That's funny -- Rene Russo has said she hated her job at a movie concession stand. Customers would demand she pour the butter on just half the popcorn, or in the middle, etc.

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    1. Rene Russo obviously never worked at a fast food restaurant, covered in grease and being treated like a sweatshop worker! Yes, they would often ask that I put butter in the middle and the top because if you pour it on the top, it only seeps part of the way down, especially on the extra-large tub. She should've tried working at Starbucks, where every order is some crazy special request!

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  31. Favorite Christmas memory? Perhaps it was one of the years working at the toy store. About 3 or 4 AM (place closed at midnight, but we couldn't leave until we made a dent in cleaning up) on the 22nd or 23rd. Someone found a bra hanging from a display case on aisle 1.

    Which leads to several questions. The place was packed. All day. Who took off their bra and left it...in the toy store...and no one noticed? Boggles the mind.

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    1. That's hilarious! I worked in two separate clothing stores at separate times and in both instances, people had "accidents" in the dressing rooms. They just left it there to be discovered. Fortunately I was never the one to discover it, but it did tell me a lot about humanity...

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  32. Those are some wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing them.

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  33. I completely forgot about AM radio. How'd I forget that? The cookies look good. I would have kept them. Happy holidays.

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    1. I still occasionally hear it briefly when I'm trying to find FM on my "source" in my car!

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  34. A lovely post, Stephanie, and a Very Happy Christmas to you and those you love.

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    1. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you, too, Carole!

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  35. Such a lovely post. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy prosperous New Year!

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    1. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you, too!

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  36. What beautiful memories. I think my favorite Christmas memory is that of my daughter's first Christmas. She was only 3 months old and had so much fun chewing/teething on boxes and ribbons. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas this year and that 2015 brings you everything!

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