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Friday, December 12, 2008

Take a left at the giant candy cane

We used to go to a long-gone, local amusement park called Santa's Village. This old photo tricked me into thinking it was a winter pic, but really it was my sister's birthday in April, 1976. We Californians have this winter business all mixed up.

If you look on the ground you can see my mom's purse — we used it as a chair when there weren't any toadstools to sit on.

Now I use the purse to hold embroidery floss. Alicia Paulson has me jumping through ye olde embroidery hoop as I try to get my handmade presents done asap. Check out Alicia's set of felt ornament patterns here.

This ornament is going to my sister because she just went ice skating for the first time in a long time, probably since 1976. This is where she went. I told you we have this winter business all wacky.

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Anonymous Molly said...

I have this urge right now to rush to my mother's house and dig out the photo of me with my little cousin about 22 years ago at Santa's Village. I can still hear the man from the commercial saying, "See Santa's Reindeer!"

Fri Dec 12, 01:08:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Allison said...

Wow. Memories! I always thought Santa's Village smelled funny, and I was afraid of the women in the bakery. I thought they were witches and refused to eat the cookies. Imagine that.

Fri Dec 12, 01:31:00 PM PST  
Blogger Regina said...

I love that old picture. It has such a great feel to it.

Fri Dec 12, 04:36:00 PM PST  
Blogger Decadent Housewife said...

Wow! I have the same purse. Loved it and didn't want to throw it out. Now I will use it for sewing stuff too. Great idea!

Fri Dec 12, 10:00:00 PM PST  
Blogger Hurrayic said...

Great photo! I think I have the same purse, thrifted years ago.

Sat Dec 13, 07:51:00 AM PST  
Blogger patrice said...

I loved Santa's Village! Remember the small train? Wish I had pictures of it!
Merry Christmas!

Sat Dec 13, 02:39:00 PM PST  
Blogger house on hill road said...

we went to a place called santa's village outside chicago. such fun memories - thanks for that!

Sun Dec 14, 06:04:00 AM PST  
Blogger Tiff said...

OMG ! Did you bring back a memory for me. I was born in S. Cal and Have been to Santa's Village. I don't remember actually being there but I have pics. I guess I was only 5 ? maybe. I ad forgotten about it. Well, it was a long time ago 47 years ago. Is it still there? Now I'm gonna have to dig for that pic. Unfortunately my family has never been great about actually putting all the pics in books :-(
Thanks for the memory, Tiffani in Ohio

Sun Dec 14, 08:28:00 AM PST  
Anonymous sherri s. said...

Hi! So sad when the Lake Arrowhead Santa's Village closed. I swear this is NOT a shill for my Etsy shop, but I just had to tell you that the same day you posted this, I put a Santa's Village perpetual calendar in my shop! What a coincidence, really...

Mon Dec 15, 09:55:00 PM PST  
Blogger Sasparilla Sue said...

Ya know, I've lived in California all my life and we never once got to go to Santa's Village. It seemed like such a magical place when we were kids...I was deprived!

Wed Dec 17, 08:53:00 AM PST  
Blogger kat said...

i loved santa's village!!!! thanks for the memory-tug.

Thu Dec 18, 08:03:00 AM PST  
Anonymous meg said...

Oh, Santa's Village!! I can remember seeing it from the freeway when I was a kid, but I never got to actually go there and then it was closed. It seemed like such a magical place.... I'd totally forgotten about that. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Sun Dec 21, 11:50:00 AM PST  
Blogger Alicia P. said...

I wouldn't have remembered Santa's Village had you not mentioned it -- we had one outside of Chicago. I think my parents only took us once. . . . I wonder why.

Your ice skate looks fantastic. I hope your sissy loved it. What a nice present!

Mon Jan 12, 04:08:00 PM PST  

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