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The Collectors Newsletter #665 -- December 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #665 -- December 2008
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1. TIAS IS HAVING A BIG YARD SALE!!
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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1) 1) Featured Collectors Club
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International Nippon Collector's Club (INCC)
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here . We want to hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
We are looking for Holiday related "vintage stories" from when you were a child. Send them to me and we'll publish them in the next newsletter. Email email@example.com
I guess as a grandmother I would have to say some of the best Christmases were spent doing the "treasure hunt" for their Christmas presents. I made a map and hit clues around the house..Usually there would be a clue under one of the many teddy bears that graced the stairway...But before they got to the treasures...they had to have dinner...and then one (usually the oldest) read the story of the first Christmas and the next oldest read The Night Before Christmas. One year the oldest said to the next oldest.."Lets read this together...then we can get to the Treasure Hunt!" Of course, it did not work. I am so pleased that they never found their treasure before dinner ....I really had to use my imagination to find different hiding places. I have so many memories and pictures of the 5 grandchildren, dressed in their holiday best...searing for clues. The oldest would read the clues and then the rest would work together to figure it out...and away they would go...The looks of happiness on their little faces was the nicest present anyone could ever give me...They are grown now...but they still remember the many Christmases...that they looked for their treasures at Grandma Sally's... Sally Hille...Williamstown, W.Va...
A bit of a different spin on most of the stories I have been reading with such delight/sadness. Here in Australia it is summer when Christmas comes around. A typical Christmas day is spent in shorts, t-shirt and thongs (flip-flops) and drinking the coldest beverage you can lay your hands on. The lunch or dinner we have is normally cold with one hot dish as it is too hot to cook. We don't necessarily sing Christmas carols here but we do play lots of music - I have attached a link which has been a favorite since my childhood. We don't have reindeer's to pull Santa's sleigh here, if you can put the link in the song will explain why :)) Christmas here is all about family, getting together and getting along. I collect things too - mine are the simplest things from my childhood. Memories which I pass on to my daughter. One of them being this song which she absolutely loves now. Merry Christmas from Australia!
Hello, I love reading the Christmas stories that people send in to your website.
What amazes me is that those memories never involve getting mounds of presents or how much money was spent. They usually tell of simple presents, Christmas trees, baking and family get togethers. How things have changed! Christmas is so commercial now we seem to have lost the magic. It saddens me to see the way children concentrate on the gifts they want and not the celebrations. B. McNamara
I know its Christmas but after reading everyones stories I felt I must take this opportunity to share my favorite childhood memory related to Easter holidays. When I was little my parents had a beach house, we would go there every Easter as a family...On Easter Sunday my dad would take me to the beach nearby, I was always so excited as each time we would find Easter Bunnies footprints on the sand as an indication that he had just been there! Not only that but underneath each paw print I would dig and find a chocolate Easter egg!! I always looked forward to that time and have lots of fond memories. I dont know how my dad thought of it but it is a tradition I will be sure to carry on when we have children... I lost my beautiful father 4 years ago but to this day that is one precious childhood memory that will never leave me. Marina, Victoria, Australia
I absolutely love your newsletter! These Christmas stories are wonderful. I have a favorite Christmas memory and a fun tradition to share. My favorite gifts growing up were the hand made Barbie clothes from my grandmother. My cousin and I couldn't wait to open presents to see the beautiful clothes she had made then we would spend hours afterwards playing with our dolls. My favorite was a red silk ball gown with lots of ruffles and sparkles, that dress is still on my first Barbie doll that has been packed away in my cedar chest with other memories.
My mother's family is large, she has 10 siblings. Now that we are in the 4th generation gatherings are extremely large. Several years ago the tradition was started of gathering early evening on Christmas day after everyone had their own family Christmas. Instead of drawing names or having an ornament exchange we all bring a gift and play "Dirty Santa." This results in lots of good natured fun with stealing each other's gifts. The one gift that everyone wants is recycled every year. It is a roladex style photo album full of pictures. The person who receives the gift keeps the family photos for the year then brings it back next year with new photos. There is always lots of discussion around the new pictures that were added. Christmas Blessings to all, Angie - Missouri
When I was a little girl in the 1950’s I awoke Christmas morning to find a “Toni Doll” under the tree. I thought she was beautiful with her red, blue & plaid dress, blond hair with shoes & socks. I believe she was the first doll that you were able to wash & set her hair in curlers. I still have my doll and I still wash and style her hair and she has her original dress. Every year I sit her on a chair and put her under the Christmas tree and she still is as beautiful as ever! Diana
Every family has unique and wonderful traditions that seem to carry from generation to generation. When my husband and I married and began having children we wanted to establish our own way of celebrating. Our children were blessed with generous and many gifts from others in the family and we also wanted to give gifts but keep the truest meaning of the season in the plan.
We always started Christmas morning by placing baby Jesus in the manger and singing Happy Birthday to him. A "gift check" in an envelope was by the manger and it was our donation ( given away on Epiphany ) to a charity. We explained that you needed to give before you could receive gifts. My two boys ( now 28 and 30 ) received from their Dad and I three ( 3 ) gifts like the Wise Men brought---a book, a toy and a piece of clothing.
As an example the book might be an art sketch book and the drawing supplies, clothes might be a new jacket and ski gloves, etc. Then there was a Santa gift that might be something of a real surprise.
This year we are continuing the tradition and adding in the daughter- in- laws and the first grand-daughter. Have a blessed holiday, "Pixie" in NJ
During the early 50's my mother's side of the family would always gather together at our house for the Christmas holiday. I was about 8 at the time. One family of 7 who came from another state had kids a little younger than myself. My sister and I, who shared a bedroom together, always had to share our beds with these younger cousins. For the safety of the younger ones we would push our beds up against the wall to keep the smaller cousins from falling out of bed during the night. Well, the one particular night that I remember well is when we were awakened to the muffled sounds of one of the cousins crying for help. Here she had fallen down between the bed and the wall head first and just her feet were sticking up in the air. Those were the days; sharing your house, bed and food with your extended family. Looking back I realize now just how much my parents sacrificed so that we could have these get togethers. They were always the ones who had to stand the extra expense for the extra food needed during those times. Years later when one of these cousins got married her mother sent a blank quilt block to all of the female family members. They were to do something in that block for the soon-to-be bride that would be a special message or reminder of something from her past so that my aunt could make a quilt for her. In my block I appliquéd a Christmas tree to reminder her of our past gatherings at our house and especially of the time when one of them got stuck between the wall and the bed. Thanks for a chance to remember ...... remembering good times is always great therapy for the soul. Merry Christmas and please remember to keep the "Christ" in Christmas! Jan G. of Iowa
I love reading all the Christmas memories folks have been sending in. My story is about a book. When I was born in 1958, my Grandma purchased my first book for my first Christmas. The title is “Night Before Christmas” and it was published in 1958. It is a tall, thin paperback children’s book that has a picture of Santa on the cover. The outline of Santa’s head with his flocked cap makes the top edge of this book. Every year as I was growing up, my Santa book was always under the Christmas tree. I still have this book today and I now place it on the hearth of my fireplace under the hanging stockings. That wonderful, memory-filled book is 50 years old this Christmas and Santa’s cap on the cover has lost most of it’s fading flocking, but I’ll always display it with pride. Helen in Texas
I remember a Christmas when my sister and I very young. I probably was 8-10 years old and times were very tough then. It was in the late 1940s. We got a real tree from somebody who gave it to us and it wasn't in the best of shapes, but it was a tree and we felt very fortunate! We had 1 string of lights (6 total) for our tree, but there again, we felt very fortunate because most of our neighbors had no lights. I remember my dad taking walnuts, cracking them open down the middle, taking the nutmeats out of them, and then painting them red and silver. After they dried, he glued them back together and we hung them on the tree, from a string that he put into the top of the walnut before he glued them back together. We also made popcorn and strung it into a long chain. We also made paper chains for our tree. When we had finished, it was beautiful. 'Santa' left my sister and I a baby doll and we were so happy. I'll always remember that Christmas. Jenny
I was adopted when I was about 4 years old, having been in an orphanage along with my other siblings for some time. I remember that I joined my newly "adopted" family right before Christmas and they lived in a 3 story old farm house with more room than the orphanage!! My father loved to tell the story of my "first Christmas as a member of their family" every year at Christmas time...it seems that I had no memory of any Christmases before this one - and when I was brought into the house for the first time and saw this huge decorated tree I was just struck dumb....sat on the floor and stared at the thing for hours crawling around on the floor to get a good look at it from every angle. On Christmas Eve day relatives started arriving from all over - my dad had 7 brothers and a sister and all had lots of children....I even had a new older brother who took me under his care and was showing me around and explaining everything to me about Christmas. Seems the aunts, uncles, and cousins all came to our house to celebrate Christmas because we had the room! Well - it was wall to wall "family" and that night I was told to go to bed and sleep because Santa would come and bring presents during the night, but only if we all were asleep. I must have awakened way before daybreak and snuck downstairs - because my dad says that when he woke up early just at dawn, he crept downstairs to put some "finishing touches" on things and found the most amazing sight - there I was sound asleep on the floor in a pile of wrapping paper and presents that filled the room. Seems I thought the presents were all for me - I had opened them all and mixed up the whole bunch!! Dad said they spent most of the rest of the day sorting out who got what and what went where....The fact that he loved telling this story each and every year from then on still embarrasses me to this day! I did get the best "gift" that year though - a new and loving family, and lots and lots of cousins (over 50 of them!!). Judi Alexander Hill - Indiana
My mother would begin holiday decorating the day after Thanksgiving, with stunning garland and holly on the mantle and windowtops, as well as throughout the rest of the full flat apartment. However, in my youth a real decorated Christmas tree and wrapped presents would not appear until Christmas morning in the front sun parlor.
Since money was scarce we typically received one or two presents, with one being an item of necessity. My elder sister Dotty, though, could not control her curiosity about what she (or anyone else) was going to receive for Christmas. Despite Momma's best efforts Dotty always managed to discover the wrapped gifts and tear a tiny square in a corner to peek at the contents. The telltale tears were evident every Christmas Day.
Consequently one year Momma set out one of each of our presents in a handmade sleigh in the sun parlor just after Thanksgiving. Every day Dotty would be tormented trying to figure out what was in the package because her system of a tiny tear revealed only a nondescript box underneath. It was rectangular and heavyweight. Momma and Daddy laughed each time she attempted to wheedle information about its contents. Imagine her surprise (and laughter) when she opened the package on Christmas morning to discover it contained a ream of paper for schoolwork. My eldest sister and I never would have guessed either. I don't recall Dotty testing packages since then.--Charlene, Chicago
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6) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family stories and comments that are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share, please send it to email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
I really enjoy your newsletter. This is some humor for those people who collect or do business from coast to coast.
We live in the Chicago area. When our daughter was three, my husband had two job offers. One was in California, and the other in Florida. When he went for the interviews, my daughter and I went along for a little vacation. When we got back, my daughter was spending a day with my Aunt (her great aunt) when my Aunt Gert dropped something, and then remarked, "Well land-a-goshen!" My three year old daughter piped up with, "Ya, and I saw that and the Pacific Ocean, too!" (She thought she'd said "Atlantic Ocean.") When my daughter had to a geography class in college, we reminded her of the names of the Oceans. We still laugh at that. Oh, even though we had some good family time on these two trips in one summer, my husband decided not to take either job. Thanks again for your newsletter. Sandi Kepka - Sandwich, Illinois
My daughter, Dana had just turned three years old. In the hallway is a portrait of my husband (now ex) and myself. At the time of the portrait, I was expecting her. Not seeing herself in the portrait she asked, "mommy, where am I?" I thought this was a good time to start explaining the basics of the "birds and the bees" (age appropriate of course) to her. I replied, "Dana, you were in mommy's tummy". Before I could go on any further she asked, "did you eat me?" Of course that was the end of the conversation as I couldn't stop laughing. submitted by: Carol Krause
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue a reader requested a recipe for "cracker stuffing" . We had one reply.
• 5 Large Onions
• Chicken Fat (or oil)
• 2-3 stalks of raw celery
• 1 large box Ritz Crackers (or 1 large and 1 small)
• 1-2 eggs
Brown 5 large onions in chicken fat (or oil if you prefer) until they are very brown. Cut up 2-3 stalks of raw celery. Take a large box of Ritz crackers (or 1 large and 1 small) and crumble them into bits. Add browned onions and raw celery to crumbled crackers. Lightly beat 1-2 eggs and add to mixture. Put stuffing in a soufflé dish. Cook in the oven with turkey for the last hour and a half that the bird is in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees. Baste often with turkey drippings or use chicken stock.
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As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
submit a request, please include the geographical region where you had this recipe.
My MOM passed away when I was 29, and my children are grown now. I have made her "Golden Fruitcake" before, but this year all I can find in the last page which tells about the baking. This fruitcake has patted dry canned pineapple, cut up and patted dry maraschino cherries, cut up. NO CANDIED fruit of any kind. I can't remember if it had nuts or not. Any help would be wonderful, as I miss her a lot right now. Ruth
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