So the other day I wrote a post about the Christmas presents that I always wanted, but never received. And by the way, I died laughing at your comments. A lot of you were with me in wanting a Power Wheels jeep, and way too many of you had She-Ra’s Crystal Castle! I was cursing you all!
Anyway, as fun as it was to reminisce about what I wished I got, it also got me thinking about all the toys I got that I loved. I don’t want you guys to think my parents were total jerks. They did get me a lot of things that I really wanted.
I got many lovely presents over the years, but there are a few that truly stand out in my mind and I will always remember the good times I had playing with them. They may not have been the most awesome presents, but they were the most memorable to me. It is those presents I want to talk about. Maybe some of you cherished the same toys.
WARNING: This post is quite girly and cheesy.
My Little Pony
I died for My Little Pony (which is kind of funny because I have never geeked out over horses). I played with them for hours and hours. I had a decent pony collection, and eventually donated them all to kids I babysat in high school, but the My Little Pony that I will always remember the most was the first one I ever owned.
Her name was Parasol, and I got her for Christmas when I was about three and I loved the crap out of her. Just look at those eyes! I loved the little glitter umbrellas on her bum, and I loved to comb her shiny rainbow mane and tail. Best little pony ever. When I googled this pic of her, I was so nostalgic that I almost teared up looking at it.
And that is kind of weird and creepy, so I will move on to the next My Little Pony that I distinctly remember loving.
Blueberry Baskets. Another pony that I got for Christmas and adored. If you scratched her bum it smelled like delicious blueberries.
By the way, if you were a My Little Pony fan, check out the Ponyland Press. I found it yesterday and it lists every My Little Pony ever sold. I located all of my old ponies on there. Oh the memories.
Please, someone else tell me they remember these!
Another beautiful Christmas present I received when I was about three or four. I used to love playing with these fuzzy little creatures. I lost all mine a long time ago, and I was trying to find out what they were called for years so I could look them up. I finally found them by googling “fuzzy little bear family from the 80s” yesterday (hey, did I end up on any of your blogs?) and apparently they are making a comeback (and are now called Calico Critters). I had no idea.
I owned a family of bears and bunnies, and the two families lived together in harmony in a little wooden dollhouse I had. Good times for years. The little babies were my favourite.
This is a very important category of presents. I had a LOT of Barbies growing up.
I honestly do remember most of the Barbies I owned, and I cherished them all, but there were a few that really stood out for me.
My Jem Barbie was the coolest. I played with her all the time when I was about four, and what I loved about her the most was that her earrings lit up!
Well, until I accidentally ripped Jem’s head off and pulled all the wires out, and then they didn’t light up anymore. None of my other Barbies had earrings that lit up, so this definitely gave Jem an edge.
What I disliked about Jem was she was bigger than the other Barbies, so she couldn’t date Ken (she was towering over him), and her feet were too big to share my other Barbies’ shoes.
Life was tough when I was four, I know.
There are a few others, like Totally Hair Barbie…
(I loved her dress)
Hollywood Hair Barbie…
(Loved her outfit also.)
Both faves of mine.
I also had some pretty fab Ken dolls.
Jason Priestly Ken
I had exactly three huge celebrity crushes before the age of 10 who I thought I might eventually marry: JTT, Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block, and the beautiful Jason Priestly.
Pretty sure I had that photo signed and framed and hung beside my bed.
Can you imagine my intense excitement when I opened up this beautiful specimen on Christmas morning?
A dream in a box.
I played with that Jason Priestly (well, Brandon Walsh) for hours. He dated every single one of my Barbies, and one of their mom’s. He probably even played a dad to Skipper. My friend Melissa also had a Jason Priestly Barbie, and she would bring it over and we would have Jason Priestly twins. They would double-date.
We actually mixed them up one time and had a big fight over whose Jason Priestly was whose, because one of them had a small spot of hair missing and neither of us wanted the Jason Priestly with the bald spot. We were serious about our Jason Priestly’s. I think she left my house in tears.
But going back to my celebrity crushes, there was another Ken I got for Christmas that stole my heart…
Yep, Joey McIntyre. From New Kids On The Block.
Joey also did the rounds of Barbie dating. Lived in the dream box (slept on the Ziploc waterbed). Drove the dune buggy to concerts. He was a good guy.
I actually got Joey and Jordan Knight (also from New Kids) for the same Christmas.
But Jordan was nowhere near as cool and he never got to date any of the good Barbies. Whenever Joey (and whatever Barbie he was dating at the time) would double with Jordan, Jordan’s date went horribly wrong. Jordan never had a steady girlfriend. I mean, he sang like a girl. And he had a rat tail. And my cat chewed off his feet.
Sorry ’bout ya, Jordan.
Cabbage Patch Kids
I had a couple Cabbage Patch Kids that I treasured (and I will always have a special place in my heart for my very first Cabbage Patch Kid, Cammie), but the talking Cabbage Patch Kid I got for Christmas one year was definitely a step up from the rest.
That is exactly the one I had (I just found that one on eBay). I loved her so much. So I never had a Teddy Ruxpin, but my talking Cabbage Patch Kid may have been just as awesome. When you held her little cup to her mouth she would actually pretend to drink from it. I was amazed by this.
I also had the Cabbage Patch Kids Christmas record (yes, record) and I jammed out to it in my room all year long.
And does anyone remember Cabbage Patch Kids cereal?! That stuff was so good.
Some other notable Christmas gifts include my first big-girl bike, the Easy Bake Oven, Puppy Surprise (!!!), Nintendo, and my Strawberry Shortcake dolls.
I so wish I was a kid again and had nothing to do on Boxing Day but play with my new toys!
What is your most memorable childhood Christmas present?