Holiday Free Book Friday #2


I’m off to Richmond this weekend to give my “12 Easy Steps to Breaking In” talk at Virginia Romance Writers!

Today………..for Holiday Free Book Friday #2, tell me your favorite Christmas gift as a child. Mine was Chatty Cathy. Remember her? She talked. I was thrilled. Now I wonder at the naivete in which I thought I wanted a child who would talk nonstop………..since in real life I have Chatty Morgan!:fryingpan: So what about you? Favorite Christmas present you remember? I’ll have Chatty Morgan draw a comment number on Monday to win autographed copies of Weekend in Paradise, Her Man to Remember, and It Only Takes a Moment–signed for you or as a gift to someone else!


  1. Jennifer says:

    Planet of the Apes playset. :mrgreen:

  2. Lis says:

    Barbie Magic Voyager ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Cynthia says:

    Hmmm…Malibu Barbie (stick her in the window and she magically gets a tan!), I even had her beach house. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jane says:

    My Dad made me a wooden table set for my dolls. A table and four chairs.

  5. Jennifer Yates says:

    It is hard to choose just one, but I loved my green Glo-Worm. I do not know if anyone remembers them or not, but I loved mine. You squeezed his belly and his face lit up :shocked:

  6. Melissa says:

    :thumbsup: Fort. Complete with plastic soldiers and Indians.

    :hyper: I love Richmond. Wish I was going with. Have a safe and fun trip!

  7. Maureen says:

    My favorite was the Chrissy doll with the hair that came out of her head. You could roll it up or let it go long.

  8. AJ says:

    Let’s see, there were several. Barbie and the Rockers stage and music equipment along with all the rocker dolls. Patty Prayer doll. She said Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. I LOVED her.

    Oh and my Betsy Wetsy doll!

  9. Marcy says:

    I begged for and got a Dancerina Doll.

    You held a knob in her crown and she twirled around on one toe like a ballerina. *sigh* I found her when we were clearing out my parent’s house after they died. The only problem was she’d been stored with her batteries in and the acid leaked and burned away part of her tights and tu-tu. :rotfl:

  10. Estella says:

    My favorite gift was a copy of Treasure Island by RLS.

  11. Angie says:

    OMG!!! Of course I remember Chatty Cathy! I had the blond one and my sister had the brunette one. I loved her. She was my second favorite Christmas present. My favorite was my Easy Bake oven! I got them the same year. I was in heaven. :love:

  12. Le Ellis says:

    I got engaged at Christmas. So I guess I got my hubby for a present. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s the best gift ever.

  13. Laurie says:

    I also had a Chatty Cathy (blond)…in fact, I passed her on to my daughter, Lara when she was around 10 years old.It had the original box and several outfits: the skating outfit red short skirt with a white sweater top, pj outfit, and the red cape, white hat and muffler set… OH such good memories!!However, my favorite gift was a 5 speed Schwinn bicycle that I received when I was in 4th grade.

  14. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    My favorite gift was a doll my sister-in-law made for me. She was as big as me. I drug her around forever. All the things you folk are talking about just didn’t happen when I was young. We got mostly hand made stuff except my Daddy would always put a little box of raisins in his coat pocket for me. Oh how I miss those simpler times and my Dad. Hugs to all!!!:yes:

  15. Chris Keach says:

    My grandfather made me a huge doll house one year. I found it before Christmas and I was so excited.

    And then there was the Village People album I had been dying to get!

  16. Gina says:

    HMMM … my first bike when I was five. It was a little CHiPs bike because I was obsessed with the show at the age.

  17. Michelle says:

    I had a microscope. I LOVED it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Mary says:

    I got one of those little ovens that you could actually bake cakes in.:fryingpan: Guess that started the whole, “me in the kitchen,” thing.

  19. Cindi says:

    Okay I have two. Every year all our lives we get one gift on Christmas Eve, new pj’s, and until I was a teenager, they all matched. And my new baby every year, oh how I :heart: LOVED all my babies.


  20. Robyn says:

    The watch from my parents when I was app.
    13 yrs. old and another year a black patent leather purse with a silver clasp(oh I was in Heaven).

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Mine was a doll named Krissy (sp?) that had a push-in button on her back. If you pushed it and yanked on her hair it would grow long. Another push on the button would retract the hair back to a short do. It was awesome!

  22. ruby55 says:

    Mary, I was first going to mention my little stove that I got in Germany still and had to leave behind when we came to Canada.

    I’m afraid I can’t remember what were Christmas and what were birthday presents in Germany. After all, that was 50-some years ago. But I do know what my favorite gift ever was.

    Just after World War II, it was, of course, very difficult to buy gifts in Germany. The money was scarce and the resources we had were used for things other than toys.

    So one time my mother made me a gift that I still treasure. She wrote me a story about a wedding between two flowers. It also involved all kinds of other types of flowers, insects, bugs and things like toadstools. To illustrate it, she drew black on white silhouette-type pictures and the writing was in special font. When we had a family-reunion for my mother’s 80th birthday with guests from Australia, Germany, the U.S. West Coast and from Quebec, I translated the book into English and my brother did the layout on the computer (his business) and each family represented there received a copy of the book.

    When you have to do with very little, that present becomes very precious especially if it is made with love by your mother. My mother was often asked how she could possibly survive the War. There are no real answers: you just do. She has always maintained that the War Christmasses were among the most enriching: no commercialism, little to eat (a few cookies made from rations) and most of the men out in the “trenches”. She felt they could really concentrate on what was important. To her, it was God’s love and protection seeing her and her loved ones through the ravages of war.

    ๐Ÿ˜ณ I did it again: wrote the longest comment. Almost all of you write professionally, so I have to do my writing here in the blogs. Hope you don’t mind too much. :wigglebrow:

  23. ruby55 says:

    I just read yours, Fannie. I guess we had similar experiences. My grandfather once made me a small set of furniture for a little doll too as well as a “jewelry” chest. Gifts like that are truly priceless. :thumbsup:

  24. Courtney says:

    My favorite gift was the dollhouse my father built me. I still treasure it today. I played with it so much that it was in fairly poor condition. My husband had it refurbished for my 30th birthday.

  25. Sandy J says:

    My grandfather picked and shelled a coffee can full of pecans. Perfect pecan halves. It was a gift from him to me alone. It was the only gift he ever gave me and it made me weepy because he thought of the idea himself, picked the pecans, shelled them, and wrapped the can in Christmas paper and bow. My grandparents were very poor but if he had given me a million dollars it wouldn’t have meant as much to me.

  26. catslady says:

    A real live cat – Tiger – the first of many. :heart:

  27. mary beth says:

    I had two: A Mrs. Beasley doll that went everywhere with me until my brother tugged her out of my arms and beheaded her. Traumatized me for years! AND The Little House on the Prarie book collection from my grandmother. Coolest thing ever was sharing those books with DD.

  28. TeresaH says:

    It would have to be my Velvet doll (remember them?) it is the thing that stands out the most.

  29. Carol says:

    I was very happy to get my first typewriter when I was in junior high school. It was a Royal MANUAL portable and even though I don’t use it anymore, I still have it.

  30. Margery says:

    That’s an easy one. A Wild Bill Hickok double holster set with pearl handles that complemented an Annie Oakley cowgirl skirt and vest.

  31. Mechele Armstrong says:

    Color me bummed. I’m supposed to be at the VRW meeting right now, meeting Suzanne and listening to her talk. But have a very sick kidlet who didn’t want me to leave. :hissyfit:

  32. Sonja says:

    Mine was the American Girls doll Molly. I still have her somewhere at my parents’ house and she’s still in mint condition because I took SUPER good care of her. I was absolutely thrilled.

  33. StDebb says:

    I remember my Chatty Cathy. She had little white plastic records that you stuck into a slot in her side.

    Favorite gift, though, probably the chemistry set I got when I was about 11 or 12. Didn’t ask for it, wasn’t expecting it, but I loved it when I got it!


  34. Karen says:

    A hula hoop my mom gave me. I played with that for years until it broke.

  35. Mechele Armstrong says:

    Still bummed. The kidlet had pneumonia. So sorry I missed you Suzanne! I heard it was GREAT.

  36. Kim says:

    Talking Barbie and Ken dolls. Barbie never really worked right and kind of mumbled but they were still my favorites. haha!