Monday, December 12, 2011


Image-Little House in the Big Woods

In each stocking there was a pair of bright red mittens, and there was a long, flat stick of red-and-white striped peppermint candy, all beautifully notched along each side.
They were all so happy they could hardly speak at first. They just looked with shining eyes at those lovely Christmas presents. But Laura was happiest of all. Laura had a rag doll.
She was a beautiful doll. She had a face of white cloth with black button eyes. A black pencil had made her eyebrows, and her cheeks and her mouth were red with the ink made from poke berries. Her hair was black yarn that had been knit and raveled, so that it was curly.
She had little red flannel stockings and little black cloth gaiters for shoes, and her dress was pretty pink and blue calico.
She was so beautiful that Laura could not say a word. She just held her tight and forgot everything else. She did not know that everyone was looking at her, till Aunt Eliza said, "Did you ever see such big eyes!"
Laura sat down on the edge of the bed and held her doll. She loved her red mittens and she loved the candy, but she loved her doll best of all. She named her Charlotte.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

I'm sure you know by now that I love the Little House books. :)
I thought it might be nice to post a story about Christmas back when things were a little more simple and less hurried.
Hope you all have a great week. Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,


  1. I love the Little House books too. :) I read each one to my kids when they were younger. We should read them again!

    Have a great Monday.


  2. Hi, Vicki,
    Nice to meet someone else who loves the Little House books. :) The stories are just wonderful! Have a great week!

  3. I never read one of those books, but I saw Little House on the Prairie and I LOVED it. MERRY CHRISTMAS!


  4. A great big thank you to you for sharing this from the 'Little House in the Big Woods'! I read all of them as a girl and they are timeless classics!
    Best wishes

  5. Great Post, Melanie! Loved the TV show about the Ingalls family.

  6. You summed it up so well, Melanie, when times were simpler! They truly appreciated the simple things of life that we take for granted! Enjoyed reading about Laura's very special gift of Charlotte!


  7. I liked your story I haven't read any of the books. I will look for them. The life was simple back then but the work they had to do to live was not. Merry Christmas Trish

  8. Ya know, I live less than thirty miles from where Laura wrote the 'Little House' books.

    The house can be toured and there is a museum there also.

    Each and every year the fifth grade of our Tiny Town School goes on a field trip there.

    I love the books!!! 'Round here they were 'required' readin'!

    God bless and have yourself a marvelous day sweetie!!!

    BTW: place...I'll leave the door open! :o)

  9. Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel, How is everything going?

  10. Nice post! thanks for sharing..blessings soraya

  11. i love the little house books ,too.
    lovely post.
    blessings regina

  12. Dear Melanie ♥ I love the "Little House" books! I read the series a short while ago and enjoyed every one of them as much as I did when I first read them with our son many years ago. Thank you for sharing! Hugs ♥ Teri

  13. So nice to hear from you today, Teri. I just love that little story about Laura and her doll. She had a wonderful gift for telling a story.

    Katie and I just made some ginger cookie dough, and now we're letting it sit in the refrigerator for a little while before we make it into cookies. :-)

    Hope you're having a great week, my friend. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs to you!♥

  14. Oh, dear Melanie...what dear sweet memories this post brought to mind. As you know, "Little House" is a favorite of mine as well. It is so true...simple lives leave more room for God.

    Have a blessed day, my friend,

  15. Hi, Laura~
    Yes, I know "Little House" is a favorite of yours too. :-) She had a wonderful way of telling stories. This story has always been one of my favorites. I love the simplicity of it...a far cry from the commercialism of today.
    I hope you're having a good week, my friend.♥

  16. Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel lol you gonna share the recipe for the cookies ;)

  17. Oh, I so loved this post. I am also a fan of Little House. Merry Christmas a bit early.

  18. I love the 'Little House' books too! And loved this part of the story. When I was little, my paternal grandmother lived next door. She helped my make a rag doll around the time I was reading these books. She had yellow yarn for hair, and an old fashioned blue flowered dress and white apron. I named her Laura Charlotte after LIW and her doll. I still have her tucked away. She's one of my treasures. Thank you for sharing! :)


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