Christmas Memory "Emily and the Barbie Crayons"
When my children were young, Christmas was such an exciting time for me! It meant that I got to experience the magic of Christmas through their eyes, and I loved every minute of it. I lived vicariously through every first snowfall, the smell of each new Christmas doll, and their shining faces as the Christmas tree was put up. It was almost better than being a child because the giving of presents was so much better than the receiving of them.
One year, my friends and I decided to make a special present that would totally overwhelm and delight our little girls. Barbie houses were all the rage, and we decided that no cheap cardboard constructed houses would be acceptable. We trudged out to my friend’s workshop after kids were in bed to build these unbelievable doll houses. Night after frigid night, we drove on icy roads to huddle in the cold to carefully construct beautiful houses. They were gorgeous, with tiled roofs, and real carpet. We painted the wood, and pasted in real wallpaper. They were one of a kind, and we could hardly contain our excitement and anticipation as we visualized our daughter’s joy. This would be a Christmas to remember!
That morning, I positioned my husband carefully with the camcorder to capture the magic that our daughter would feel as she gazed upon the most amazing dollhouse to ever behold. She woke, and with her siblings made a beeline into our living room where Santa had left his treasures. She tripped gaily past the magnificent dollhouse to where she picked up her Christmas stocking. She could hardly contain herself as she picked up a package of 69 cent Barbie crayons, and shrieked with pure delight, “Barbie Crayons, I have always wanted Barbie Crayons!!” We tried to get her to notice the huge gift that would be the envy of all her little friends, but she continued to gaze with adoration on the box of crayons, examining each one, and demanding a coloring book so she could try them all out. She did eventually play with her dollhouse, but that Christmas morning taught us all about gift giving, and the magic of childhood. Our children can be happy with so little, and the true spirit of Christmas was forever enhanced by the recording of our little girl reminding us what giving is all about.