You know your old when they come out with the BEST OF’s… Some of the bands you listened to in college are now considered CLASSIC ROCK. So in the spirit of the Holiday, I’d like to take a stroll down memory lane. Yes, to those wonder years of the Holidays when you spent sleepless nights praying for that one toy you’ve been dying to have.
Now that I am a parent, I can appreciate my parents fighting through the stores during the holiday mad rush to get that last toy box on the shelf. Thankfully, shopping rage wasn’t as common back then, although I do remember a news team filming parents fighting over the last Cabbage Patch doll on the shelves. Oh, the yesteryears. What fond memories….
So let us take a look at what we grew up with:
Can anyone guess what this is???
I’ll give the youngins a hint out there. PONG was one of the first video games. The Atari VCS 2600 was released in 1977 for $199 dollars. There were 9 game cartridges. I remember playing this at my best friends house for hours on end. It was a home video game revolution.
Oh, yes. Who could forget the Rubix Cube. Hell, if I couldn’t get but 4-sides and that was using a cheat book. Hey, don’t give me a hard time. I was only 7 at the time. The Creator of this wonder was from Budapest, Hungary. His design took the world by storm and has started to show back up in the stores. I better go back and see if my mom still has the cheat book in her basement.
Honorable Mentions: SIMON, Star Wars Action Figures, Uno.
~ 1980 ~
Cabbage Patch Dolls
The oh so loveable Cabbage Patch Dolls. Now these things caused riots in the streets. I honestly think these things were sold on the black market. I know my sister tried to sell me for one, just kidding. According to the website (click on picture) depending upon the edition, adoption fees begin at $199.00 and go up. Geez. I’m glad I have boys.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
Okay, for our male blog hoppers out there. Who didn’t have a HE MAN or Battle Cat. This Blogger has a dedicated site that I think you need to see. It is an amazing collection of photographs. You have to see it for yourself. Click HERE. There are rumors there is a new movie in the works. He Man is not dead.
Other Honorable Mentions: Pound Puppies, Care Bears, My Little Pony, Glo Worms
Okay, I have to say I never quite understood the cards, but my nephew probably amassed well over $500 worth of these things. Not only were the cards an enormous hit, the cartoon was also.
I admit I had a few of these. More that five, less than ten. I’m not sure where they ended up over the years, certainly not at any auctions or trading parties. We, humans, do have the strangest fixation with collections.
Honorable Mentions: Rollarblades, Nintendo’s Gameboy, Tickle Me Elmo
So, I hope this has brought back some great Holiday memories. To be eligible to enter the Blog Hop give away, you must leave a comment on the blog, so I’d love to hear what your favorite Holiday toy was growing up.
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Welcome to the 2011 Holiday Blog Hop. We’re having some fun during this crazy holiday time talking music, movies, and more. Best of all, we’re giving away over $80.00 worth of prizes!
Two days. Tuesday December 13 and Wednesday December 14, 2011. Four blogs each day. All you have to do is show up and comment on each blog to be entered for the grand prize drawing of eight e-books and a $40 Amazon Gift Card! Just in time for the holiday season!
Day One December 13th:
Lynn Rush: http://lynnrush.com/
Kendall Grey: http://www.kendallgrey.com/
Caridad Piñeiro: http://www.caridad.com/blog/
Rebecca Zanetti: http://rebeccazanetti.com/blog-2/
Day Two December 14th:
Rachel Firasek: http://www.rachelfirasek.com/
Ciara Knight: http://www.ciaraknight.com/
Lisa Kessler: http://lisakessler.wordpress.com/
à Open internationally
à Contest runs from 2am (Eastern Standard Time) Tuesday December 13th, 2011 to Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday December 14th, 2011. Winner announced Monday December 19th, 2011 on all of the blogs in the hop.
à Winner: You will have ten days (10) to contact us to claim your prize: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Failure to contact us within allotted time will forfeit your prize. We can then choose either to re-award the prize to another entrant or not.
à To earn the twenty-five (25) entries toward the grand prize you must comment on each of the eight blogs participating in the Holiday Blog Hop.
à Please remember it is illegal to sell, forward, give away or copy electronic books in anyway. Doing so violates copyright.