Whenever I think of Christmas as a child, I remember Homestead AFB. My dad was in the Air Force so we were stationed there for 6 years- my elementary school years. I loved dolls, especially Barbies. I had every Barbie thing imaginable! For Christmas, all I wanted were clothes and Barbies (except when Dawn dolls came out, if anyone remembers those.)
Christmas decorating was not like it is today- much more simple. My mom would color theme our trees and used those satin balls. We had red and gold for a few years. My dad made wooden figures for the yard. At the time Hallmark was really big, so he made a whole Snowman family styled after their Merry Miniature collection. Our house lights were the old bulbs- those big ones that the paint would chip off of. Remember those? They were actually much easier to use- one went out and you just replaced it. The whole darn string didn't go dark! We never lived anywhere with snow so I never had a white Christmas. Even now, I live in California, so the most I see is rain.
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gilleyqwyn
Wrote 4 years ago
@cathy1965 - You know, we use the icicle lights now, which are pretty (and easy to put up) but I love driving by homes that actually take the time to put up those bigger lights and line them perfectly on the roof. Seeing that brings back my memories every year.

cathy1965
Wrote 4 years ago
Oh sweetie, this give me warm and fuzzys of my childhood!!! Yes I had Barbie's and yes we had those huge Christmas lights!!!!

alynncameron
Wrote 4 years ago
OMG I know! I still want to be Barbie! I like to collect them today, too, but I just can't leave them in the box. I have to open them and brush their hair, dress them up, etc.. like I'm still 5yrs old

gilleyqwyn
Wrote 4 years ago
@alynncameron - Another Barbie lover! I mean, that girl is awesome :) I still collect Barbies today. Thanks for visiting and sharing your own memories~!

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