Friday, December 24, 2010

The Friday Five

Christmas Eve seemed like the longest day of the year when I was a little kid. Emotions and excitement both ran high. Was I on the naughty list? What would Santa bring? Five of the best gifts Santa brought:

1. Etch-A-Sketch, the magic drawing screen that you shook to erase your drawing and start all over again. I loved to try to write in cursive.

2. Colorforms, die cut vinyl shapes you stuck on a plastic laminated board. Though I loved all the sets, I was partial to Miss Weather and Miss Cookie's Kitchen.

3. As a tomboy, I didn't care much for playing dolls. (Did you ever notice how incredibly ugly the 1960's Barbie doll was?) However, the Christmas I was 4 or 5 (1959 or 1960) I received a doll I absolutely loved. The doll was just my size (around 3 ft tall) and walked albeit stiff legged if you held her hand. She could even wear my clothes. She had short curly blonde hair and blue eyes. Santa propped her in a real baby bassinet for me to find at 5am Christmas morning (we have home movies to prove it). The doll was about the only doll I ever really enjoyed playing with. Until The Brother decided to use her for target practice and shot her eye out with a bb-gun.

4. Spirograph, a drawing toy consisting of small gears, that fit into larger rings. You pinned a sheet of paper to a piece of cardboard. Pinned a ring or gear on the paper and fitted another gear to the inside or outside of the ring or outside of the gear. Each gear had a bunch of holes. You fit a colored ballpoint pen into one of the holes and carefully engaged the gears going around and around creating wicked cool geometric shapes.

5. The box of 64 Crayola Crayons with the built in sharpener.  So many colors!

What was your favorite toy to play with when you were a kid?

1 comment:

  1. Spirograph was one of my favorites too. I would show my Mom each new design--for a while. Then she told me she would rather see a new page at a time.

    I also remember a sewing kit that I loved. It was pieces of cardboard with pictures with holes punched in and pieces of yarn to "sew" with. I even took the yarn out and did them over and over. It started a lifelong love of stitching.

    Thanks for the memories.

    Merry Christmas, CJ!