December 30, 2006

Christmas Tree Lights

No mini lights back when I was growing up, all of our christmas tree lights were big and fat. I liked them.

December 28, 2006

Glass Christmas Ornaments

We loved the ornaments we had that looked like these, we looked forward to putting them on the tree each Christmas. We had one with the 3 wisemen on camels and the "Silent Night" ornament with the church. Mom told us she bought them either before she was married or the first year she was married, which would have meant they were from around 1956. I'm surprised they lasted so long with 6 children helping to decorate the tree every year.

December 26, 2006

Little Elf

My brother had an elf like the green one in this picture, we'd always put it on the tree.

December 23, 2006

Tree Top Angel

This was our Christmas tree topper. She wasn't fancy and didn't light up but we loved her anyway!

December 22, 2006

December 21, 2006

December 20, 2006

Angel Ornaments

We had 1 or 2 angel ornaments like these but I can't remember what colour. At least I think we had them. If we didn't then my aunt next door did.

December 19, 2006

Snowmen Ornaments

I like looking through vintage Christmas ornaments on Ebay, there's always something there that we owned. We had snowmen ornaments like the 2 smiling ones in the middle of this picture.

December 18, 2006

Eaton's Christmas Catalogue

An Eaton's catalogue from 1975, I distinctly remember this cover, I was 9 years old and I probably wanted that dress.

December 15, 2006


We had angel ornaments like these, little angel heads on chenille stems. We would stick them on the tree.

December 14, 2006

December 13, 2006

Santa Candles

My aunt had these candles and put them out every year but she never lit them.

December 12, 2006

Elf Snow Globe

We had an elf snowglobe like this, I have no idea where it came from. But ours was only partly filled with water just like this one.

December 11, 2006

Santa Boot

This Santa boot would be filled with hard candy and sit on the end table in the living room. It wasn't Christmas without it!

December 08, 2006

Christmas Record

This was one of the few Christmas records we owned.....Wilf Carter's "Christmas in Canada".

December 07, 2006

Santa Lights

This hung in our kitchen window every Christmas. The lights blinked off and on.

December 06, 2006

Angel Pin

My sister got this angel pin the same Christmas that I got the little drummer boy pin.

December 05, 2006

December 04, 2006

The Littlest Snowman

This was my sister's book. I don't remember all of the story, something about children putting out tubs of ice cream because there was no snow and after it blows around and makes snow drifts they make "snowmen" out of ice cream.

December 01, 2006

Dog Nutcracker

This nutcracker was heavy, I think it was made from solid iron. We only used it at Christmas time, I guess because that's the only time we had nuts to crack.

November 30, 2006


How many people got to read a book with their name as the title? I did, I remember checking this out from the school library when I was in grade 7.

November 29, 2006

Paint by Number

I would imagine every kid had a paint by number set. My sister had this set and her painting was so neat. Mine always looked like blobs.

November 28, 2006

Mother Hen Target Game

This was my younger brother's. If you hit the target with the gun (that shot little plungers) the hen would lay an egg. Cute game.

November 27, 2006

Rainbow Garden

This was my older sister's book. It was about a young girl who's parents were too rich and busy to look after her. They lived in an apartment in the city and they sent her to live with cousins in the country. It was a nice book.

November 24, 2006

Sears Wish Book

Or as it was referred to in our house, "The Christmas Catalogue". A small card arrived in the mail in the fall and Mom would go to the Sears catalogue outlet store to pick it up. In a few days the covers would be torn and pages would be falling out. We memorized that catalogue! This catalogue is from 1972 and even though I was only 6 years old I distinctly remember that cover and the Mickey Mouse record player that you could stand on.

November 23, 2006

Yogi Bear Cutouts

These were my younger sister's, cut-outs of Yogi and Cindy bear. I seem to remember that she had more cut-outs than I did.

November 22, 2006


This was my older brother's. It came with a lot of prepared slides of bug's wings and cells, we loved looking at them.

November 21, 2006


This was a reader my older brother and sisters used in elementary school. I didn't use it but we had it at home and I loved reading all the stories.

November 20, 2006

Flower of the Month Glasses

One year for Christmas we all got glasses like these with the flower of our birth month on them. Mine isn't here, I was born in February. Mom kept them in the china cabinet and I think we used them at Christmas and New Year's dinner.

November 17, 2006

Jean at St. Hilary's

This was one of my favourite books when I was in elementary school. It was my older sister's, I think she won it as a prize in school. It was about a girl who lives in England and goes away to boarding school. I wanted to be just like her.

November 16, 2006

Yogi Bear Mug

This was my younger brother's, I can remember him using it at a lot of meals. I seem to recall that he was the only one with a special cup.

November 05, 2006

Viewmaster Set

My sister owned this viewmaster set that came in a cool bucket. The reels were all about Disney which we loved of course.

November 03, 2006


This was a cool game, it was my sister's. You had to make a pipe system that started with a tap and ended with water flowing out. Along the way your team-mates could place leaky pipes on top of yours which you then had to repair with little brass wrenches or extra cards. You can still buy the game today but the wrenches are just cardboard and the quality doesn't seem as good.

November 02, 2006

Happy Face Salt & Pepper

This was another of mom's salt and pepper sets. A different saying on each side. And what says the 1970's more than a happy face?

November 01, 2006

Helen Keller's Teacher

This was my sister's book. I can't remember how many times I read it but I am sure I memorized it. I can still remember the story and all the details, it was a really good book.

October 30, 2006

Halloween Mask

We had a few halloween masks and wore them every fancy costumes for us! We owned a mask like the one on the bottom right....Frankenstein I think it is.

October 29, 2006

Perfume Bottle

Another bottle of perfume from Avon. This was either my sister's or my mother's, I can't remember. But when I was a child I thought it was pretty.

October 27, 2006


We had 3 mallard ducks like these hanging on the living room wall.

October 26, 2006

Barbie Furniture

My sister got this for Christmas one year, blow-up Barbie doll furniture. Before this we made furniture out of everything, from pillows to frisbees.

October 25, 2006

Lord of the Rings

My oldest sister gave me this set of books when I was in high school. I was an avid reader then but I could never get into this series. I loved the set though and kept it on a shelf above my bed.

October 24, 2006

Mad Game

I think this was my brother's, I remember playing it as a teenager.

October 23, 2006


My brother got this game system when I was in high school. We loved it! My sister even broke her toe on the couch running to play the game.

October 20, 2006

The Un-Candle

I think Mom got these for Christmas one year. We were impressed by them, floating candles on water! It didn't take much to impress us in the 70's.

October 19, 2006

Birthday Candle Train

This was always in the "junk drawer" in the kitchen in its original box. It was used when we were really young. I'm including a photo of my youngest brother on his 1st birthday. It's a fuzzy photo but you can just make out the birthday candle train on his sailboat cake.