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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol


 
 
In October or as early as September the Sears catalog came in the mail. By Thanksgiving it was dog-eared and had lost its front cover;) My Christmas list was created and the first draft was sent to Mom and Dad. Perhaps returned for 'trimming down'...which was expected...then back it went.
Today the items on my Christmas list are known as 'Classics'...some are remembered but some are not...which do you remember?

A Chatty Cathy Doll for me plus a Barbie, Ken, Skipper and Francie. I wanted the Barbie house too.  Complete with cardboard furniture!!
A pedel car..and for my brother...a pedel fire engine.

We all shared the aluminum kitchen set...complete with play  plastic food and a shopping cart.

My brother wanted a Marvel the Mustang and a Talking Herman Munster.
My sister got a Larry the Lion...
My baby brother thought his 'Big Bruiser' was the best.

Some of these 'classic toys' are still available...
I just ordered a Marvel the Mustang for my grandson;) 


Children of the eighties...
MY children:)

They loved Rainbow Brite, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Strawberry Shortcake.  Barbie showed up on the list starting in the late 1980's...the Holiday Barbie Edition...thank goodness I have everyone of them;)  Care Bears...who could forget those teddy bears!!! I watched the cartoon every Saturday along with She-Ra...the smurfs...and Voltron.

Toy shopping became a QUEST...something that started early and was NEVER delayed 'til Christmas Eve.  Waiting too long to begin often meant Christmas morning without that particularly wished for item.

I remember I once stood in line for a glow worm only to be told that they were out.  My dad showed up with the prize a few days later...he had wrestled a frantic woman for one and won the fight...*S*
 

See Mother. See Mother laugh.  Mother is happy.
Mother is happy about Christmas. Mother has many plans.
Mother has many plans for Christmas. 
Mother is organized. Mother smiles all the time.
Funny, funny Mother.

See Mother. See Mother smile.  Mother is happy.
The shopping is all done. See the children watch TV.
Watch, children watch.
See the children change their minds.
See them ask for different toys.
Look, look, Mother is not smiling.
Funny, funny Mother.

See Mother. See Mother sew.
Mother will make dresses.
Mother will make robes.
Mother will make shirts.

See Mother put the zipper in wrong.
See Mother sew the dress on the wrong side.
See Mother cut the skirt too short.
See Mother put the material away until January.
Look. Look. See Mother take a tranquilizer.
Funny, funny Mother.

See Mother.
See Mother buy raisins and nuts.
See Mother buy candied pineapple and powdered sugar.
See Mother buy flour, and dates, and pecans, and
brown sugar, and bananas, and spices, and vanilla.
Look. Look. Mother is mixing everything together.
See the children press out cookies.
See the flour on their elbows.
See the cookies burn. See the cake fall.
See the children pull taffy. See mother pull her hair.
See mother clean the kitchen with the garden hose.
Funny, funny Mother.

See Mother.
See Mother wrap presents.
See Mother look for the end on the scotch tape roll.
See Mother bite her finger nails. See Mother go.
See Mother go to the store 12 times in one hour.
Go Mother go. See Mother go faster.
Run Mother run.
See Mother trim the
See Mother have a party.
See Mother make popcorn.
See Mother wash the walls.
See Mother scrub the rug.
See Mother tear up the organized plan.
See Mother forget gift for Uncle Harold.
See Mother get hives.
Go Mother Go.
See the far away look in Mother's eyes.
Mother has become disorganized.
Mother has become disoriented.
Funny, Funny Mother.

It is finally Christmas morning.
See the happy family.
See Father smile.
Father is happy.
Smile Father smile.
Father loves fruit cake.
Father loves Christmas pudding.
Father loves all the new neckties.
Look, look. See the
happy children.
See the children's toys.
Santa was very good to the children.
The children will remember this Christmas.

See Mother.
Mother is slumped in a chair.
Mother is crying uncontrollably.
Mother does not look well.
Mother has ugly dark circles under her blood shot eyes.
Everyone helps mother to her bed.
See Mother sleep quietly under heavy sedation.
See Mother smile.
Funny, funny Mother.

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