Saturday, December 04, 2010

On The Sixth Day of Christmas - Cheryl St. John

One of the things I really love doing is group blogging and Cheryl and I both belong to the Petticoats and Pistols site. She's here today to share a memory and add a little something (actually, a lot!) to the prize box!

We didn’t have much when I was a child. Our trees were small and scrawny, and the ornaments were the same from year to year, but my parents always bought me a few gifts, some of which I remember well. I got a set of bells once, with a music book, and oh how I enjoyed playing those bells. I got a little record player with red and yellow vinyl records, and I still remember the songs I played over and over. In subsequent years I sang them to all my babies and my grandbabies.

A couple of those Christmas gifts were what started me on a lifelong love of dolls. I had a crawling Bonnie Braids, a Raggedy Ann, a Ginny and a Miss Revlon. I still have my Betsy McCalls, my Patti Playpal and my Toodles. None of my kids or grandkids are interested—yet. I look at similar dolls on ebay and think I could make a handsome sale, but nostalgia takes over. So I wash their clothes and freshen them up and keep on loving them.

Christmas in Red Willow is my novella in Western Winter Wedding Bells anthology. I’ve included a copy for the prize drawings, as well as autographed copies of Child of Her Heart and The Magnificent Seven.

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And check out The Annual Great Christmas Tree Tour on my blog:

Today's clue is CHRISTMAS TREE. Send me an e-mail with the clue as the subject line to be entered in the draw! One entry per day please!


  1. Hi Cheryl, thanks for sharing your memories and adding to the box!
    Autographed copies, wow!
    Merry Christmas.

  2. Yeah, I got my Cheryl fix for the day!

  3. Just a quick note - please use the e-mail link provided in the blog. Entries sent to the wrong e-mail account won't be counted for the draw. :-)

    Thanks all!

    And thanks Cheryl for being here!

  4. Anonymous1:20 p.m.

    Kaelee said

    I just visited and bookmarked your Christmas Tree tour. I really enjoy seeing all the trees.Thanks you for doing this every year.

  5. Thanks for sharing!! My daddy bought me a doll every year, until my mother told him I was getting pretty old for dolls :)

  6. I always enjoy Cheryl's books.

  7. Hi Cheryl, I used to have a Raggedy Ann and Andy. I loved them so much. debby236 at att dot net

  8. You're never too old for dolls. I played with Barbies until I was twelve or thirteen. I still have a curio full in my office and a tote stored away.

  9. Julie :)9:37 a.m.

    My sweet daughter is really getting into dolls now and sometimes I think I'm more excited about all the cute outfits and accessories than she is! :) I loved my dolls!

  10. I have a couple of ornaments from my mom that bring back lots of memories!

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  12. What a great story! The strength of our childhood memories is amazing.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!