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Speaking of Christmas.....

By: judyk
12/3/2020 1:41 PM

When you were a youngster, what was your favorite Christmas gift?
I was a tomboy and never much cared for dolls. I had an aunt who knitted me clothes for my dolls, but they ended up being worn by my furry cat hand puppet, Frisky. But although Frisky was dear to me, he was not my favorite. That distinction belongs solely to my Davy Crockett full outfit. Faux buckskin outfit with fringe, of course (gotta’ have fringe), complete with an also, no doubt, faux coonskin cap. Oh, it was beautiful, and I wore it 24/7. Yup, slept in it. I remember my mom having to make negotiations to get it off for washing. This was before I entered school, but do remember donning again when home. And I sang the song all the time. *Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier.*
As I grew older, my tastes became...umm...somewhat more refined. But I will never forget my Alamo days!

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By: Mstaszew
12/3/2020 1:48 PM

Probably not my all time favorite, but perhaps my most memorable. Rope. I used to steal my dad's rope and throw one end over a tree branch and tie a loop in the other end. I'd sit in the loop and then grab the end over the branch and pull to hoist myself up in trees. I guess my dad got tired of me taking his rope so one year he got a 50' rope or so and coiled it up, wrapped it, and tossed it under the tree. Laughing smiley

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By: tilly
12/3/2020 3:32 PM

This is fun. Brings back memories of that first 50's era transistor radio. Elvis, Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson always favorites with a twist of those knobs Musical note

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By: PaulOinMA
12/3/2020 3:36 PM

My favorite was Fisher Silverglass skis with Marker bindings to replace my 1960s wooden skis with the cable binding and leather ski boots.

Just looked them up. They were red/white Silverglass Senator, 1971 - 1972.

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By: Bill
12/3/2020 4:03 PM

Had to be Christmas 1978. regardless of the year, it was the Atari 2600 and to this day I do not know how my parents pulled it off.

For 1 in was nearly impossible to get, but I do not know how they afforded it.

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By: chief5130
12/3/2020 5:31 PM

We were not a rich family by any means. So when I received my first bicycle that my father got second hand and refurbed it with new paint and tires, I was over the moon.

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By: J4yDubs
12/3/2020 5:33 PM

I had to think a bit. I was going to say my first air gun, but then I just looked up on my shelf. It was definitely my first computer. A Commodore VIC-20 with cassette data storage. It had a whooping 2k of memory. The data cassette drive still has my comic book inventory program tape in it I wrote to catalog my comics.

This was my first experience programming computers and it just clicked. To say that it was an important part of my life/career would be an understatement. To this day I just understand computers and can program in just about any language.



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By: Whaler9818
12/4/2020 8:06 AM

We were not a rich family by any means. So when I received my first bicycle that my father got second hand and refurbed it with new paint and tires, I was over the moon.

chief5130


These were the 'good old days'

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By: Gettysburg Lady
12/4/2020 9:45 AM

Two things come to my mind: the first was a record player so that I could play my 45 records in my room by myself! The second was when my grandfather bought all of his female grandchildren the same dress. At the time there was 12 of us and only 2 boys. Not sure what they got but I remember the dress so well!

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By: notinobx
12/5/2020 9:15 PM

My sister and I took turns spending nights with my paternal grandma who lived alone. One Christmas Eve when I was about ten neither of us really wanted to be away from home but I reluctantly agreed to go. After I went to bed I heard my dad's voice downstairs and after he left I got up and there was a shiny Schwinn pale green bike! I couldn't wait to ride it home next morning to see what else Santa had left. But during the night an epic ice storm began and it continued in full force the next morning. Icy freezing rain that made it obvious that nobody was going anywhere. My grandma knew how disappointed I was and she rearranged all the furniture so I could ride that bike around and round through the rooms in her house. And that's exactly what I did all day long! I can picture that bike and remember that day in perfect clarity after many more decades than I care to admit.

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