I is for Icicles

My sister noticed that I missed posting for I in the ABC. That’s why you are seeing Icicle posted on the day after Zebra. Of course, we don’t have any real icicles in December in Florida, but we have some plastic ones on the tree. These are special icicles as they are almost 70 years old.

They were extra-special because they glowed in the dark. As a kid back in the 1950s, I didn’t want to wait until night to see the icicles glow. I’d sneak into the living room to get a plastic icicle from the tree to take into a dark closet. The glow was a soft purple color and I found it magical.

When I told Toni this story, she wanted to try out the glowing icicles too. We took 3 of them from the tree and went into a room with no windows. “I’m shutting the door and turning off the light now,” I warned her.

Toni with the 1950s icicles.

She was brave and didn’t even squeak when the room went dark. I had my camera ready to take the picture, but I’m afraid that it doesn’t show up very well. You can almost see Toni and you can see the purple glow of the icicles (sort of).

Toni with the glowing icicle ornaments in the dark.

I never tried to take photos of the icicles with our Brownie camera back in the 1950s. It would have been a waste of film, for sure. Here’s a better picture of the icicle on the Christmas tree.

I found a 1952 newspaper advertisement for the glow-in-the-dark icicles. You could get a dozen of them for twenty cents. I’m sure they would be a lot more if they made such icicles today.

Glow in the dark iciclesGlow in the dark icicles Mon, Dec 15, 1952 – 14 · The Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) · Newspapers.com

Z is for Zebra

Zebra may be an odd choice for a Christmas ABC, but this one was turned into a Christmas zebra. I’d given Toni some coloring sheets to keep her busy today. One was a picture of a zebra. She was keeping pretty quiet, so I went to check on what she was up to.

I was relieved to see that she was still coloring. “Look at my candy cane zebra,” she said. Instead of giving it black stripes, she had colored them red.

I found the free printable zebra coloring sheet online.

I had a moment of alarm worrying that the Sharpie might have seeped through the paper to mark the table. Fortunately, it only made red and green marks on the other coloring sheets under it. Whew!

“That’s very creative,” I said as I admired the red stripes on the zebra and on the letter Z. I added a sprig of holly to give it an extra Christmas touch. She liked that.

She was wearing one of her new dresses that she received for Christmas. I’m not sure about that oversized collar. It looks almost like a cape. Fortunately, she did not get any of the marker on her dress. Maybe for the other coloring sheets, I’ll give her some crayons.

Y is for Yesterday

Yesterday was Christmas Day and I shouldn’t be surprised that we felt a little letdown today. The magical time that comes around every December was almost over. The day after the holiday we make a big pot of turkey soup. Toni didn’t help with that as she was busy trying on her new outfits.

“They are all too big,” she fussed. I reminded her that since they were American Girl outfits, we knew they would be too loose on her. She still wanted to wear one of the outfits, so I adjusted it with pins as a temporary solution. It was a rainbow-colored pair of bell bottom pants and a halter top. Since it was a chill 53 degrees today in Florida, I figured she would need a sweater with that soon.

Toni in her colorful bell bottom slacks.

Then Toni remembered her Christmas wish list. “Santa forgot to bring me shoes,” she said in a wistful voice. I told her that Santa knew that I was making her some shoes, so that’s why he didn’t bring any. Before she could start thinking of the other things she didn’t get, I had an inspiration to distract her.

“Let’s make some hangers for your new clothes,” I said, “we don’t have enough.” She was puzzled about how we could make hangers. Some of hers are wire hangers and some are plastic ones. I brought out a cardboard box, a marking pen, and a plastic hanger to use for drawing around.

Making cardboard hangers for Toni’s dresses.

I had to do the cutting since the cardboard was very stiff. They worked OK (one side was plain and the other side was teal).

That project didn’t last long, so she returned to the topic of her new dresses. “When will you fix these so they will fit me?” she wanted to know. She added that the pins were sticking her. I told her that I’d gotten a new miniature sewing machine that fit in my hand but first I needed to learn to use it. That was one of my Christmas presents for myself.

Handheld sewing machine that I got from Amazon

I suggested that she show her Teddy Bear friends her new outfit. My hope was they would settle down together under the tree and I could have some quiet time to read the instructions for the cute little sewing machine.

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