What Was Your Favorite Christmas Toy?

trainA few conversations this week have made me remember some of my long ago favorite Christmas toys, and I thought it might be fun to reminisce, Top9Rated did a piece on this. Do you have memories of a favorite toy or present from when you were a child? How about the favorite gift you have ever given? Tell us the story, and don’t spare the details! For example mine was a scooter I got as a child, I had tons of fun with that thing ridding everywhere in my neighborhood now you can get those at https://www.myproscooter.com, in case you want your kid to have that much fun.

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290 Responses to What Was Your Favorite Christmas Toy?

  1. R-C says:

    Mine, no contest, was the giant set of Lego building blocks and stuff my folks got me when I was about 10 years old. I created tons of things with them; they never got ‘old’–even though I did. The only bad part of Legos was stepping on them with bare feet.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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  2. lovely says:

    Thanks Menagerie 🙂 So many good memories.

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  3. Its a tie between Lite Brite and Kerplunk!!! I loved both and my Mom still has them in the closet at home. Merry Christmas Everyone

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  4. froggielegs says:

    This is going to sound horrible but I never got anything for Christmas as a child that I liked. Here was the problem, I was the youngest of 10 kids There were 5 girls and 5 boys. I didn’t really know the older 5 kids. 4 of which were my sisters. There was a huge age difference between me and the 5 older ones. So needless to say, I was closer to the 4 above me which were boys. The 4 of us were a year apart from each other. Meaning the brother above me was a year older, the brother above him was a year older than him and so on.

    Being as my closest siblings were brothers, I grew up as a huge tomboy. I loved sports especially football. Loved watching it and playing it. (except when puberty hit and things grew… Ughhh LOL) Christmas came along and I got dolls and girl type toys which I hated. I wanted the trucks, army men and cap guns. Luckily we were poor so my parents usually gave us 1 gift that was just for us and the rest were to be shared with all of us. Those were board games or group type toys.

    My brothers were great sharing their trucks and army men with me etc so I never had any complaints. I never let my parents know that I didn’t like dolls or girl type toys although, when we wrote out our Christmas lists, mine never had a girl toy on it. I was always thankful at Christmas and never once acted ungrateful for what I got. I smiled, thanked Santa and my parents.

    I will say one of the coolest toys my brothers got that I loved playing was… Rock Em Sock Em Robots!!!

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  5. froggielegs says:

    LOL Who remembers this??

    Dang things spent more time going around in circles LOL

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  6. rashamon says:

    This is the best ever topic. My most memorable gift was a two-part WWI radio set from my grandfather that we kids ran all over the house. Big hand phone, leather encased, huge shoulder strap. Whenever I watch an old war movie, I can say ‘Yes, I’ve used that.” My mother had pneumonia that Christmas, so we put one phone by her bedside and ran the other to the kitchen where we were creating The DInner. After that, my brothers used them as spy machines on sleep-overs with my classmates. No end to hormone driven ingenuity.

    I still give out Legos, the originals with no design in mind, as stocking stuffers. Heath Kits, Erector Sets, Grids and Girders, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys. Lionel trains sets, the Bobbsey Twins, the Toni doll with my grandmother’s designed wardrobe, ever-increasing jigsaw puzzles (2500 now or those Stave puzzles which are serious collector’s items) … Baking soda and vinegar. How many times do I simply change the ph to correct a situation. Ah, chemistry sets.

    The delight was not so much in the gift, but all the excitement of the family making the gift into a ritual. I miss rituals, much like I miss the Latin mass (and I am not Catholic…it’s simply part of sharing with my community).

    This was a good place to go. Maybe we should remember more often.

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    • R-C says:

      My grandfather had an old hand-cranked field telephone in his shop. He used to have us wet our fingers and touch the terminals, and then he’d give the phone a crank and we’d get zapped with the mild current it produced. We laughed and laughed like lunatics. Which we were.

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    • Menagerie says:

      There is a great resurgence in the popularity of the Latin Mass. Almost every town of any size now has at least one parish that offers the Latin Mass, even if only once a month.

      To be 100% accurate though, did you know that all masses in the Roman Catholic Church are actually Latin rite masses?

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  7. tappin52 says:

    One of my favorite things was an old fashioned metal slinky. We lived in a house with a nice wooden staircase and we would run up and down making the slinky “walk” down the stairs. Also loved to just sit an slink the thing back and forth between my hands making that distinctive slinky sound,

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    • nightmare on k st says:

      Yep, some of the early simple stuff like Play-Dough, Hula Hops and Yoo-Yoo’s too kept it simple for the littlest ones

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      • Totally Domestic says:

        Not for Christmas but i went over to my gramdparents house & told Grandpa I just HAD to have a hula hoop. He didn’t know what one was. So we set out together go find one, going from store to store in Atlanta Ga. Finally we found one & headed home.

        When almost home my Grandpa had to blow his horn for some reason & it got stuck! All the neighbors came out to help him shut that thing up!!!

        I played & played with that hula hoop & always will remember
        what trouble he went through
        to bless me with it!

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  8. thesitrep says:

    BB Gun at age 6, 22 at age 10 and My wife bought me a Kitchenaid Mixer

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  9. KBR says:

    NOT a toy, but one of my fav gifts was from my daughter when she was four years old. She insisted she wanted to buy me something. We picked out together a small item I assured her was what I wanted, and I held her up to the register counter so she could pay for it. The moment the item was put in a bag, she turned to me, and shook a little finger at me, and said with the most serious face she could muster:
    “NOW, DON’T YOU BEMEMBER WHAT’S IN THIS BAG!”

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  10. Sean Daley says:

    A Mattel Fanner 50 toy revolver. It was so cool.

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  11. Dee says:

    What wonderful memories all these old toys bring back. I’m showing my age here but my favorite toy I got was the mystery date game. My friends and I loved playing it.

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  12. Susan M. says:

    My favorite had to be the unicycle Santa brought for me. No poles, learned the hard way to ride.

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    • Menagerie says:

      My brother had a unicycle and he was great on it. I actually learned to ride it briefly then didn’t keep it up. I got so I could stay on it maybe 25′ or so.

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  13. be says:

    My Stallion 45 cap pistol !!! with holster!!!
    and of course my trusty steed a broomstick .. lol I grew up in a family of hunters.

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  14. xymbaline says:

    Football uniforms. When my best friend and I were 7 and 8 (in 1958 this was) we each received boxes with complete football uniforms for small boys. We were them all Christmas Day and went to sleep with them still on. One was for the NY Giants and the other was the Baltimore Colts.

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  15. hoosiergranny says:

    My favorite Christmas was during 7th grade. My father had gone into the VA hospital during the fall and had not been home at all. Back then, you had to be 16 to visit and we were all too young. The Dr. wrote an order for my father to be allowed to come home on Christmas Eve and return on January 1st. They didn’t tell us he was coming home and when he walked in the door, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. That Christmas of 1964 was wonderful.

    We were quite poor when growing up but we didn’t feel poor. We had each other, family, friends and lots of love. Although I never got anything that was on my Santa list, I don’t ever remember being disappointed on Christmas morning. I love this thread!

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  16. Sevenwheel says:

    I remember one year we got giant tinkertoys. The hubs were the size of a fruitcake and the green rods were taller than we were! There’s nothing quite like building tinkertoy models bigger than you are! It might have been Christmas 1977 as I remember the rods doubling quite nicely as light sabers.

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  17. bodicacia says:

    Happy Christmas everyone. This is such a great thread. Has really brought a smile to my face. Fab memories. I loved my Holly Hobbie Easy Bake Oven, my Rockin Toll Stroller, but my favourite had to be the Kenner Tree Top Family.

    I used to grab the handle and toddle into the sitting room with it. I’d plunk down next to the roaring, open fire & play for hours. Brings back amazing memories. I could still see my father perched on the edge of the stool, polishing his cowboy boots as I played. Ahhh..I can still smell the shoe polish.

    https://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DRACR6IJi-Hg&ved=0ahUKEwjao6iS2-rJAhWG_A4KHZ7UCQkQtwIISDAM&usg=AFQjCNGEIfTBZYtGCjxMnZO9WjhjpYDzrw

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  18. Lou says:

    when I was about 7, I had a GI Joe in an olive green sweatsuit. it came with a red 45 plastic record and a book to read and follow along.

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  19. kikimom3 says:

    My favorite was Poor Pitiful Pearl. I loved her because she was so plain and reminded me of my own image. But, I could curl her hair, put on her fancy dress, and make her beautiful! I always rooted for the underdog and eschewed pretty, polished things. Is it any wonder that as an adult, I adopted three children?!

    I found a picture of Pearl, but can’t figure out how to insert it.

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  20. Athena the Warrior says:

    My favorite toy was the Time Bomb. You wound up the bottom of the red fuse and tossed it around as it ticked down. You we’re out of the game if it “exploded” in your hands.

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  21. Jeff Stevens says:

    HOT WHEELS, Johnny Lightning, Major Matt Mason and GI Joe.

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  22. boutis says:

    Lincoln logs and erector sets which shows how old I am.

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    • AFVet says:

      We had Lincoln Logs too.
      When I was two (1953) Dad bought me a Lionel train set.
      I still have it, it still runs.
      We put many many miles on that train.

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      • Joshua says:

        another magic memory…Lionel train sets….before Christmas, after both my brother and I were gone to bed asleep, my dad and his friends would play with them late at night…..but they dropped one of the “smoke tablet pills” on the floor, and my older brother found it and figured out something is going on, as he knew what it was, but no one would “fess up”…and it became a family fable for years. I still have both sets and track and the huge transformer and switches….

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    • Joshua says:

      absolutely….especially erector set…followed by Gilbert Chemistry Set….learned to fab metal objects and how to make gun powder…..every boy’s dream at the time….

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  23. Reality Wins says:

    My father worked the afternoon shift so we always opened presents Christmas Eve as soon as he got home. One year as he was putting all the wrapping out in the trash a neighbor who bought his wife a new refrigerator for Christmas asked my dad if he wanted the box for his kids to play with. Of course! Between his own kids and all the neighborhood kids that box became: a rocket ship, a fort, a race car, a pirate ship, etc. We decorated that box over and over for the best gift you can ever give a child – an imagination! My dad was the best and I miss him every day.

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    • Josh says:

      My reaction to posts like this tell me that I’m not the hard a** that … well … never mind. This is a beautiful post.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      When my son was just a baby, we got him a car to ride in and it came in a big box. He really loved that car………….but he loved the box more.

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    • angie says:

      We lived next door to a furniture store. My brother made a fort and I had a playhouse made from the washer/dryer boxes. I used my crayons to make color the shutters on the windows that my dad cut out.
      Boxes are still popular with kids! One Christmas at my Mom and Dad’s house, Dad received a large carved duck. The kids had oodles of toys and what did they love most-the big box that had held the duck!

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    • angie says:

      It’s wonderful that you had a good relationship with your dad. I’m sorry for your loss.

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  24. Michael says:

    Was no toy. My friend Tony shot me in the back side, with a bb gun, when I was bent over picking something up off the floor. For the next month I bugged my dad for a bb bun for Christmas. My friends mom told my dad what had happened. Under the tree Christmas morning was a Daisy BB Gun box. When opened it contained a Stevens single shot 22 rifle. Was sad because I knew the chance to get back at Tony would never come, but was elated by the fact the he didn’t have one, and my dad trusted me with a real rifle.

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    • Michael says:

      Would like to add that I was only 11 at the time, and there were 2 boxes of ammo in there as well. After they were gone I had to buy my own, which was no problem, as the were only $0.50 a box for long rifle back then.

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  25. Hope's Human says:

    This was it for me: the G.I. Joe Mobile Support Vehicle. https://i.ytimg.com/vi/xzaF93gwUQw/hqdefault.jpg

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  26. nyetneetot says:

    I like how we’ve all been tricked into giving away our ages. I should have posted:

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  27. scarletpimernel says:

    I was five years old in 1959, when I received the most precious little doll who sucked her thumb, my most memorable gift ever. 🙂 She was probably no more than ten inches high, with a short blonde pageboy haircut with bangs. She wore a red plaid shirt and red pants with a plaid patch. I named her Priscilla, and my father would tell me stories about Priscilla who sucked her thumb. I am pretty sure she came from one of the “Christmas Wish” catalogs, either Sears, Montgomery Ward, or J.C. Penney. I wish I could find her again, or at least the catalog from where she was ordered. I still have a photograph of me standing by the Christmas tree and holding her. I was wearing my leopard flannel pajamas, which were made by my mother, originally as a Halloween costume (complete with tail, cap with ears and whiskers!). Such fond memories! 🙂

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  28. WeeWeed says:

    The Rock Em Sock Em robots and Nyet’s rocket upthread reminded me of The Christmas Of The Pogo Sticks. I was 5 that Christmas Eve and my parents’ best friends (at that base,) another couple, had come over to help them do all the “easy to assemble” for Santa Claus the next morning. We lived in a basement house at that time (Kansas – was common back then) and my bedroom was on the other side of the living room wall. Anyway, apparently the adult beverages were flowing freely and Red decided to check out one of the pogo sticks that Santa would leave for us. Problem was, this basement house had pretty low ceilings…… long story short, Red pogo’d straight up into the ceiling which swatted him like a fly right into the coffee table, splintering it, and causing much racket and hilarity. Woke me up (but not my brothers, thank goodness.)
    And thus I learned about Santa. 😉 Plus, I never did learn how to ride the sob.

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  29. Josh says:

    Crazy Wheel – one of many favorites.
    I rode this thing until the plastic wheels split.
    I could turn on a dime.

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  30. Jett Black says:

    The toy was an American Flyer S gauge train set, but the gift was the cool layout with tunnels and scenery my grandfather made for me. He was an oilfield worker and winter was always rough, because a lot of crude oil and gas essentially freezes even above 32*. He pulled a lot of emergency response and just extra shifts to help guys with young families or illnesses yet somehow found time to learn and make pretty great model railroad scenery for me. I thank God for that and for the opportunity decades later to set that train set up for my son. Don’t know why, but it always gets dusty when i remember stuff like this. Merry Christmas Treepers! Remember the reason for the season!

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  31. auscitizenmom says:

    I remember getting a Revlon doll. She was so pretty. And, around the same time someone gave me a fur hat and a fur muff. I was so thrilled. I lived in Florida, so most of the time I would just take them out of the drawer and pet them. I may have worn them to church, but I am not sure.

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  32. JeremyR says:

    For Edel Moreland it was a realistic looking toy pistol. he was so excited by his early Christmas gift that he just had to show it to people. One of them was an off duty Baltimore police man who was so jealous that he shot Edel Dead with his own more realistic pistol.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/12/20/off-duty-baltimore-cop-kills-robbery-suspect-brandishing-toy-gun.html?intcmp=hpbt3

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  33. georgiafl says:

    Got lots of toys through the years, roller skates (that clipped to shoes, for racing down sidewalks), bicycle, games and dolls of all kinds, clothes, etc.,but the most memorable gift of all was the Christmas after my parents divorce, and a few years later when we lost everything in a house fire and money was so tight…Mama gave us Bibles and a precious few other items that I do not remember. We were close and thankful because of our shared love and faith.

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    • Joshua says:

      well…then there were the sox and underwear and pajama “presents” too…..

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Yes, there was that. But, I have to say my mother would find something prettier and nicer than I might normally get as a replacement garment. So I was always happy to get them at Christmastime.

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        • WeeWeed says:

          One of the things I missed for years after my grandmother died was a new nightgown and robe – she was predictable, reliable in the sameness of her gift giving and I miss her as well at Christmas. Her birthday was Christmas Eve – and my dad’s was the day after!

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        • Joshua says:

          tighty whities for boys, brown sox, flannel PJs…..not a lot of variables in that deal…but heck, two pairs of Blue Jeans, tennis shoes, and four new shirts from J C Pennys was the whole school year anyway….

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      • georgiafl says:

        and the walnuts and oranges and candy as filler in the stockings! We had no idea we were poor or that our parents really sacrificed for those toys.

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        • Toronto Tonto says:

          I still have walnuts and oranges every Christmas.

          I saw Whole Foods has a candy similar to one I used to get as a kid. We lived in WV, and there was an old logging camp that become a state park, Cass Railroad. There is an old steam locomotive you can ride up and down the mountain, and the old company store is a gift shop that sold little coal buckets of hard black licorice candy. My dad used to tease me and say I got coal in my stocking!

          I always loved Christmas. The Night Before Christmas was the first story I learned to read, because I wanted to hear it every night. I didn’t understand holidays, just liked Santa Clause and reindeer. I played a recording of it and followed along in my book. My favorite present was a cat.

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  34. bullnuke says:

    I remember my twin and I got a civil war reenactment present. A complete uniform and weapons of both the Union and the Rebels. Of course it caused a full scale battle as to who would wear the uniform of the South. Neither of us wanted to be a Union guy, lol. Of course, this was in the late 50’s early 60’s.

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    • Joshua says:

      Yeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhaaaaaaaahhhhhh……Johnie Reb takes the day with a Rebel Yell….hey Yank….beat that with your tin whistle flute….Confederate Soldier brigade in full uniform used to March and Parade in Texas at amusement park Six Flags Over Texas….the world was so wonderful and Non PC in those magic days. Phoeeyyy on liberals.

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  35. GiGizMe says:

    I am fortunate that my parents loved 🎄Christmas, and so today I share many wonderful memories of the holidays with my sisters, brother, extended family and friends. My father passed away some years ago, and now that my mom is so sick I appreciate the time they put into making Christnas memorable more than ever. ❤️

    One memorable present was my chemistry set and microscope (what were my parents thinking? Lol) I had hours of fun with my sisters and friends viewing all kinds of samples of anything we could get our hands on. We found an amazing micro world (sometimes disturbing) all around us. I had no real appreciation for what I was doing with the chemistry set at 11 years old so I mostly conducted experiments by following the directions 🤔 sometimes with surprising results 👀.

    My best 🎄memory is of the red surrey bike my sisters and I got for Christmas, that turned out to be a neighborhood favorite in the summer. (My sisters and I were forced to share nicely 😜 lol). We spent hours riding with friends around town (Surreys are lots of work). Surprisingly it never broke down even though it was often so overloaded we needed a push from behind to get moving…

    Thank you all for sharing your wonderful 🎄 memories. It was a nice break from everything going on today.

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  36. Nope2GOPe says:

    Great thread! I remember my favorites: Evil Kneivel Doll with wind up motorcycle, The Robot from Lost in Space, Rockem Sockem Robots, SST Dragsters which would disintegrate upon impact, Hot Wheels with the race track… 2XL, (complete with 8 track tapes ;)) and may other memorable toys… What a great times!

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  37. Sandra says:

    Look at this web site’s photo page: http://www.timewarptoys.com/toymemories.htm I like the cat on the Twister mat. 🙂 They accept submissions.

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  38. winky says:

    Grew up in Canada and moved to the US when in my early teens but I have fond memories of Christmas in Canada….and oh how we looked forward to the evening… We always celebrated Christmas eve and when my dad would come home from work he would always take my sisters and I to a very fancy department store and pick out our Christmas gifts because we were not rich and things would go on sale Christmas eve so we could always pick out something bigger and better and that made us happy. Sometimes it would be clothes and we would go to midnight mass and wear what my mom and dad had bought us. It would always seem like a warmer and beautiful night but it would always manage to lightly snow on Christmas eve and mass was so beautiful with choir and hymns.

    But I think my most memorable Xmas eve was when my dad brought home a 3 foot doll that I had been admiring at the furniture store where he worked……She was the most beautiful doll I had ever seen and she had a beautiful red dress on and she was so beautiful that when I would go see my dad at work I was just mesmerized by this beautiful big doll…..I never really played with the doll very much….I had her sitting on my bed and I would just stare at her because she was just so beautiful….Several years later we moved to the US……LEGALLY I MIGHT ADD!!….and I moved the doll with me. Many years have passed now and I do not remember what happened to her but I guess the story has a very special meaning to me this Christmas because I lost my mom this year and that was one of the many memories I cherish.

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