One of the highlights of Christmas as a child growing up in Longview, Texas was the arrival of the Sears Christmas Catalog, which they called the “Christmas Wish Book”. Sometimes it came in the mail, and other times we would go to Sears and pick it up in the Sears catalog department. I really don’t know who was more excited my mom, my siblings or me. I know my father even took a look or two in the magical wish book. My sister and I would sit on either side of our mother and secretly and sometimes not so secretly declare what we wished that Santa would bring us.
After my mother and the neighbors had talked about what was in their catalogs, it was then the children’s time to make their wishes. I would make wishes with my sister. We would tell what we wanted for Christmas all the while laughing and wishing. I always wanted those mother daughter dresses that my mother was bound and determined would never be worn in her home.
When everybody had their turn with the wish book, I would get one of my parents red marking pens, and begin to check off the items I wished for. The book would be a sea of red, but it was okay–it was a wish book, and red was a Christmas color.
Most of the things I checked I never got, but the wishing was so much fun.
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