The holiday season is all about making memories and family traditions. Sometimes a cherished holiday memory is born from a funny mistake or a crazy gift. For some people, the most memorable holidays happened when times were most difficult. For others, it was a small gesture or token of appreciation that solidified a special holiday memory.
We asked you, our readers, to send in some of your cherished holiday memories and traditions, and you came through. Here are some of your responses.
Virginia Kirkpatrick, 83, Moore
This Christmas, I write about what happened in 1932. Come February, Lord willing, I will be 84 years old. How things have changed!
We were in the "deep depression.” Daddy was laid off from the railroad and went to work on the W.P.A. (Work Projects Administration) just to feed us. He had no money for Christmas, so Daddy went to the bank and borrowed money for Santa. Back then, the bankers were a "stingy” lot, and believe me, you had to pay back every penny and then some.
Come 4 a.m. Christmas Day, my brother and I ran to the living room, and there hung our long brown cotton stockings with an apple, orange, some hard candy and dried raisins. In our chairs were my brother’s aviator cap with goggles, and in mine a pair of boots I had anticipated getting for so long. I was shaking with glee as I tried on my boots, only to discover they were both for the same foot. How could Santa have made a mistake like that?
Daddy grabbed my boots, jumped in our Model A Ford, drove to the store owner’s home and told him to open his store and rectify his mistake. I could hardly wait for Daddy to get back home with my boots.
That was the best Christmas ever, one I never forgot. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he is still in my memory and my heart.