Merry Christmas 2014 to all of my readers. Today’s post is a nostalgic trip to Christmases Past courtesy of

I think this is the Christmas I got a Betsey McCall doll, complete with the skating outfit you see below left. I loved going to my grandmother’s house for many reasons, but among them was her subscription to McCall’s magazine. Each month, Betsey McCall would have a new adventure (and a new outfit, of course). Then they came out with the doll and my happiness was complete.

Merry Christmas 2014

If you’d like to look at your Christmas Past, you can visit and find Speigels, Sears, Lord & Taylor, and other mail order catalogs from the 1930s through the 1980s. Thanks to WishbookWeb for digitizing these giant vintage mail order catalogs.

May your holidays be merry and bright.