When I was eleven years old, I received a “Toni” doll. Most young girls in the 50’s remember this doll. She came complete with a Toni permanent kit. You could curl her hair just like your mom curled yours. She was around 12 inches tall, with long brown hair, the same as mine was. She was my best friend and went wherever I went. I went to a two room school, and on Fridays, we were allowed to bring our favorite toy to school. My Toni doll went with me. In the summer time, she was pushed around the block in her baby buggy for days on end.
When I was thirteen, my mom kept trying to get me to bed on Christmas Eve. She kept pressing me, so around 9 p.m. I gave up and went to bed. The next morning, there was my Toni doll under the tree. She was dressed in the most beautiful white satin wedding dress I had ever seen. My mom had a dear friend of hers make Toni’s dress for me. She wanted me to get to bed, so that she and my older sister could get her all prepared for my morning.
When I left for college, Toni didn’t go, instead my mom gave here to the daughter of a friend of the family. Therefore, I don’t have a picture of her to show, but I know she went to a good home.
~ Sandy Hoffman
O Lord, You said, “It is better to give than to receive.” We recognize the truth of that statement when we see the delight and happiness on the faces of recipients when they open our gifts. As we anticipate opening our gifts this year, keep us mindful of ways to give to others secretly so that we can anticipate their happiness in opening gifts we have provided; for Christ’s sake. Amen.