(author's note= I submitted this story to my work news website. It was one of four chosen for the holiday memory postings last week. That means it was read by:
164,098 — employees
15,129 — physicians
45,270 — nurses
35 — Kaiser Permenente hospitals
454 — Kaiser Permanente medical offices
I'll take my fame in small doses :)
The New Year’s Fairy
InsideKP thanks everyone who submitted stories of their favorite holiday memories. We selected four touching stories to post this week. Today’s is from Lara Mijatovich, a staff assistant in KP Antioch’s Volunteer Services Department.
My Grandparents started our family tradition of the New Year’s Fairy in the 1940’s.
Arlee Jo Anderson and Harry Thomas Sharkey, Jr. on the day they got engaged. Seattle, WA 1938.
She was 16 and he was 18...
My grandfather was a Lt. Col. in the Air Force, and he and my grandmother had four girls, each two years apart in age. Every Christmas when the decorations came out, the girls hung their stockings like all other kids. Santa brought them gifts like dolls, dresses, pajamas, and games, but he did not fill their stockings.
The stockings stayed up until New Year’s Day.
New Year’s Eve always meant a fancy party to go to for my grandparents. Papa wore his dress uniform, and Mimi always wore a long beautiful dress with gloves, smelling of Shalimar. Their girls (my mom and her sisters) always had to stay home with their grandmother or a sitter.
Late, late at night on New Year’s Eve, the New Year’s Eve Fairy would slip tiny treasures into each girl’s stocking. Tiny shampoos and soaps from hotels, toothbrushes, candies and gum, combs and brushes, ChapSticks, comic books, small toys like Hot Wheels, crossword puzzle books, movie star magazines, nail polish, etc.
The New Year’s Fairy essentially brought all the stuff parents have to buy for their kids anyway!
And every New Year’s Day, four little girls would empty their stockings onto the floor and be entertained for hours so Mimi and Papa could sleep in after their long, fancy, champagne-filled New Year’s Eve party. Pretty smart, don’t you think?
My grandparents now have 15 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren living on 3 different continents. And the New Year’s Fairy still makes it to all of our houses every year.