And there is Santa on the roof all set to deliver the presents Mr. Dalley asked him to bring.
On Christmas morning Mr. Dalley gets up early and takes Norman and Norma sledding. Mother doesn't go because she has things to do at home.Mother greets them at the door.
"Hello my dears" she says. "Come in and see what Santa has left you!"
Mr. and Mrs. Dalley stand back so they can watch the children's reaction.
They dogs, Peewee and Buster want to be included in the excitement.
"Mother!" They call together. " We have a present for you!"
"Oh children! It's lovely! How did you know I needed a new table cloth and napkins."
"We knew you would like it Mommy!" says Norman.
"Daddy helped us pick it out." says Norma.
"I am the luckiest mother in the whole world." says Mrs. Dalley
The children are very proud.
Mr. Dalley unwraps his present and finds a magnificent pipe.
"Do you really like it Daddy?" says Norma excitedly. " I picked it out. I liked the horsey."
"And I wrapped it." added Norman.
"My darling children," says Mr. Dalley. "I have never received a nicer present. I shall keep this pipe as my very best."
Little Norma cherished Dolholme, her very special dollhouse. She kept it close to her for 80 years.
But there came a time when she could no longer keep it with her and it came to live in Mindolton with Susan, Daphne and the other residents.
And although they never met Norma they recognized a kindred spirit in her and silently promised Norma that they would keep Dolholme safe for many Christmases to come.
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, full of love, laughter, and kindred spirits.