… those classic toys?
Thanks to Sheila Stewart, I really enjoyed this story The types of toys parents were scrutinizing at Christmas in 1954.
Now, this was certainly before my time but it’s still so interesting to take a look at it.
It told a story of a simpler, less hassle free Christmas. It reminds me of a childhood where there was a stocking filled with candy under the tree and a gift. Christmas was seemingly less commercial at the time; so much time was spent agonizing over all that was available in the Eaton or Simpson-Sears catalogue and making that perfect choice to give.
It was a task that was not taken lightly. We created (and hid) a list of ideas – I was brainstorming before brainstorming was a thing – and then made the cuts to get the perfect gift for my brother and parents based on what I thought they’d like but more importantly, what I could afford.
It was always a big production because subsets of the family had to be organized so that we could make the purchase and keep it secret from the intended gift opener. Then, there was how to hide it in a bedroom closet before sneaking downstairs to wrap it.
Any actual gifts that were purchased are forgotten by me now except for one that was mentioned in the story. Not the doll, but it was the gyroscopic top. The one I bought for my brother was yellow with a black foot. The internals were very heavy and I was always curious to see what made it work. While I did buy it for him, I’ll admit that I spent a lot of time with it.
My other memory about that was that it was inexpensive but didn’t feel cheap. These days so much you see for sale looks cheap even though it often isn’t.
The best gift for me as a child had to be my first bicycle. How Mom and Dad kept it from me until Christmas Day is still a mystery. A bike for Christmas when you’re living in the snow belt? Gifts were things that we got for a purpose and with an August birthday, I guess Christmas was the more appropriate day!
For a Sunday before Christmas, you thoughts via comment please…
- do you remember Christmas shopping as a child? Did you have a favourite store or catalogue?
- how did you keep presents a secret from the curious/anxious?
- do you wrap your own gifts or are they store wrapped? Or maybe you use holiday bags instead?
- do you still have the tradition of the holiday stocking? Do you have one with your name on it? (I do but apparently it’s filled and hidden at the moment)
- when you have a new member to your family, do they get their own stocking?
- what was the best gift you ever got as a child?
- what was the best gift that you gave as a child?
Please take a moment and share your thoughts as you get ready for the big day next week.
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