The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 82, July 1978 - April, 1979 Page: 300
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Most of us girls longed for and received, on some Christmas, a little
red rocking chair. Most boys received and liked a red wagon. Of course
there were dolls for girls. One noteworthy Christmas the girls in our
family received dolls with china heads, which we still cherish. Some-
times the dolls might be only rag dolls; and on some years the dolls
would not be new, but last year's bisque dolls would be found on Christ-
mas morning peeking from the tops of our stockings dressed in bright
new wardrobes made carefully and beautifully by hand.
Both boys and girls were pleased and happy to receive new rubber
balls or new pencil boxes. These were greatly treasured. The boys liked
pocket knives (for every boy carried one), new spinning tops (which
were not home-made), and bags of marbles. The girls would be ecstatic
over little sets of dishes, called tea sets, and little black cast iron cook-
stoves, with tiny skillets and accessories.
We always received books, progressing from "The Gingerbread Boy"
and "The Goose Girl" to the "Bobbsey Twins," from the "Campfire
Girls" and "Tom Swift," eventually, to books by Gene Stratton Porter
and Zane Grey, among others. A gift of clothing might be a bright new
toboggan style wool cap or a warm pair of mittens. We usually received
a game such as Tiddley-Winks, Jack-Straws, or Flinch, and these were
thoroughly enjoyed during the long winter evenings. The stockings
might stretch to contain a variety of gifts, but always at the bottom-in
the very tip of each stocking-were the oranges, giving off that special
smell which to us meant Christmas!
A carriage party in early-day Brackenridge Park pauses to admire a giant
pecan tree. Courtesy Library, Barker Texas History Center.
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