4. When a pioneer girl received an extra special gift where did she hide it for safekeeping?
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“For Christmas, a beloved aunt from Provo had sent my mother, Lucy Potter Blackham, a beautiful doll dressed in a taffeta gown. This gift was so much prized to her that every child in town knew about it long before daylight Christmas morning as it was the custom to go from one house to another calling “Christmas Gift,” and see what the other children had received. Her beautiful doll was a great curiosity, especially to her baby brother who wanted it badly. To hush his cries and to keep her new treasure safe she searched for the perfect place to hide it for safekeeping. The oven! This was guaranteed the best spot as her baby brother was not allowed anywhere near it! So she hid the doll in the oven of their old-fashioned stove feeling very proud of herself and went on her way to pay some friendly calls to see what others had received for Christmas. Meanwhile at home, her father having just finished farm chores and very cold, made a big fire in the stove to get everything nice and toasty. Not much later Lucy returned home to find a strange smell and a very uninviting warm home! Her precious gift, the doll, had been burned! Her Christmas went from one of envy to that of despair. She said she knew it was her punishment from the Lord for being selfish with her baby brother when they found the doll in the oven burned to a crisp. She mourned for two weeks over the loss of the beautiful doll.”
Where was your favorite hiding spot as a child?
Susan A. Madsen, Christmas a Joyful Heritage – p. 52
Kate B. Carter, Treasures of Pioneer History 3 – p. 143-44 from Mella Morley