Thursday, December 15, 2011

12 Days of Christmas continued....

WINNER HAS BEEN DRAWN! CONGRATS TO THE YEARNING MERMAID. Please contact us at sablegrace (at) ymail (dot com) and we'll get a signed copy of Ascension out to you.


We're continuing the Christmas Memory theme for the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway with a little memory from both halves of Sable Grace.




Heather:
                My earliest Christmas memory set the stage for most of the Christmases that followed. My sister and brother and I gathered around the tree. My dad playing Christmas music in the background, the smell of his pipe in the foreground (a habit he quit, and I still miss the smell.) My mom gives us our traditional hot apple cider and my dad takes on the role of gift-passer-outter, giving each of us one gift at a time to open. I’m the baby in my family, so while my siblings opened computer things and boxes of clothes, I remember opening a huge box of Golden Book stories. There had to have been about a 100 small books in that box and I was over the moon. Then, my sister, who’d desperately wanted a new stereo that year, and my brother who’d gotten plenty of nice things but not the one thing he’d really wanted (and sadly I can’t remember what that is anymore), said their thanks and we were told to take our gifts to our rooms. There, on my sister’s bed, was her much-sought after stereo. My brother was treated to the gift he’d really wanted as well. A sneaky little treat from our father who’s loved to surprise us like that ever since. And on my bed? A teddy bear that was 3x as big as I was. I spent the next year of my life sitting on that bear’s lap and reading him stories from that precious box of Golden Books.



Laura:
                I will never forget that first Christmas. I had just turned three and got a new baby sister for my birthday—not the best gift at the time, but glad to say that’s changed—and I was so looking forward to opening presents.

We’d just moved into a new apartment and there wasn’t much in the way of furniture, but there was a sad Charlie Brown looking tree where we all gathered that early morning just before the sun came up. Each gift for my older brother and sister and I were passed out and opened with care to make every moment last. There were books and games and clothes and new bikes all around. Mine was a shiny red trike and the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. I don’t remember much else about the day, but I can tell you until the late hours of the night I rode that bike around and around the hallway proud as any kid could ever be.

Anyone else remember the Little Golden Books or their first bike? Tell us for a chance to win a signed copy of Ascension!

17 comments:

donnas said...

I remember those Little Golden Books. They were awesome.

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Anonymous said...

Heather, you must give your Mom credit for those books... she usually chose the gifts. I just paid for them and played my little jokes to make you smile. May you have many more good memories from Christmases with your own kids. Love you! Dad

Sable said...

Yes they were Donna!

Look guys! My daddy stopped by lol!!!!!!!!!!! (he's so darn sweet)

CrystalGB said...

I loved those Little Golden Books when I was a little girl. :)

The Yearning Mermaid said...

I remember my first bike as well :) It was a shiny pink one. All girly ;-)

SandyG265 said...

My brother and I had a whole batch of Golden books.

Michelle Bledsoe said...

I remember the Golden books so well. I even read them to my daughter. As for a bike, I know I got them, but it was the skates that I remember more...
Merry Christmas.

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Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I still have some of my golden books. I seriously kept them. I don't remember my first bike. I do remember my first 2 wheeler. It was purple sparkly which was my fave color. It was a hand-me-down bike but so perfect for me. You couldn't have bought a new bike that was so perfect! :)

Billie Jo said...

Hi Sable,

I kept all of my Golden Books. My children love these books. My daughters favorite is the Pokey Little puppy.

I remember my first bike. I got a "motorized" motorcycle for Christmas when I was 5. That is what I rode to school everyday. Not your typical bike but I loved it!

Billie Jo

Na said...

Thank you for reminding me of the Golden Books. When I had them I wasn't sure of their names but we had a stack of them and loved reading them and having them read to me :)

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Brenda Hyde said...

This is terrible but I don't remember Golden Books when I was a kid BUT I loved them to read to my own kids. Pokey Little Puppy was a favorite of my daughter's, and I still LOVE reading anything by Margaret Wise Brown. I read to all the kids from the time they were babies:) I still have boxes of books, and a lot of Golden Books even though my kids are 18, 17 and 11 now:)

For some reason the gift I remember the most at Cmas was this stuffed rainbow colored turtle. Looking back he was probably quite homely but I LOVED him:)

Helen Lowe said...

I remember Little Golden Books, 'trikes' and bikes, and teddy bears! Sounds like great Sable Grace Christmas-es

Barbara E. said...

I do remember the Little Golden Books, but I'm not sure they had them when I was a kid - I know I bought them for my son though. I remember my first bike, I don't remember if I had a tricycle, but I finally got a bike of my own and I was thrilled because I could ride to the library by myself to get more books. I think I was about 9 or 10 years old.

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Sharon said...

I remember Golden Books! I even have a copy of The Pokey Puppy still. Both my daughters loved it. Don't enter me, I already have a copy :) thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Sable said...

Im so glad others shared my Golden Book memories! Anyone remember the Boxcar Children? lol

Will announce the winner in the morning. Thanks for stopping by!

Bonnie said...

I loved the boxcar children. Now they have a series of adventures. I'm not sure if the same author writes them though.
Bonn1511(at)aol(dot)com

Teril said...

Oh yeah i remember by first three wheeler and my first Golden Book, it was the Little Red Hen and the Baby Animals book.

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