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The spirit of Christmas and an Easy Bake oven

December 24, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
This weekend I get to head to Somerset, Wis. to spend a couple of days with my folks for a brief holiday visit. Last year, I didn’t get to go home on Christmas Day and the same goes for this year. It’s OK, as my family will wait to open presents, and Mom plans on making a turkey dinner when I get there.

When I was a kid, I made lists for Santa Claus. For a couple of years running, an Easy Bake oven (or something like it) was on my list. My cousins had a Holly Hobbie-themed oven where they made cakes and the like, and I thought that would be the coolest thing to have. The first year went by. No Easy Bake oven. Year two. Still no Easy Bake under the tree. By the time the third year rolled around, I believe I was getting too old for an Easy Bake oven or just plain gave up.

Years later, I think I was shopping with Mom and saw an Easy Bake oven on the shelf. I told her that I asked for one of those for two years in a row when I was a kid. She said she didn’t remember that and almost seemed like she wanted to make up for it. Well, I said, I didn’t really need an Easy Bake oven now in my mid-30s. Especially when I have this large electric oven in my kitchen.

Sure the Easy Bake oven was the “gift that got away,” but I’m grateful for what I have. There are those children who may not get gifts for Christmas, and I’m glad that fellow reporter Kelsey’s toy drive went as well as it did for the week it went on. I had already bought a couple gifts for the Toys for Tots tree at Wal-Mart, but I didn’t hesitate to get a couple of more presents for this drive. I don’t have nieces or nephews to buy for, so scouring the toy aisle for gifts was fun (and sometimes a challenge!). Even in these tough economic times, it’s nice to see that people are generous.


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