There is nothing more exciting to a child than getting up early on Christmas morning to see what Santa left for them under the tree!! Christmas Eve was filled with anticipation, and we never went to bed without leaving a glass of Milk and cookie for Santa.. and of course a carrot or two for his Reindeer.
Back then when I was a child, we always had a real Christmas tree. I still remember the fresh scent of pine wafting through the living room, and watering the tree everyday to make sure it didn't dry out..
I was about 9 or 10, still kind of sitting on the fence about the concept of there being a Santa Claus. A very popular TV show at that time was a game show called "Beat The Clock." The model on the show was named Roxanne, and she was so popular there was a Roxanne doll made in her likeness. It's the only thing I wanted for Christmas that year!
I don't remember exactly how I found myself looking in the closet of my parent's bedroom... but I looked up on the shelf and there she was! I couldn't beleive my eyes, I was getting what I asked for.. but suddenly realzing there was no Santa.
I didn't want to disappoint my parents, (or let them know I was snooping), so on Christmas morning I put on my best performance when I opened the package with the Roxanne Doll.
To this day, I never told my parents...and they never knew my secret.
Sorry, this is the only pic from that era I could find of me with my Mom... This was around 1953-54
This post is for Kathy Streib's A December Challenge-Share a Favorite Holiday Memory With Us!.