when you were a child was there something special you wanted for christmas but did you get what you wanted or not?

By berrykins0 Latest Reply 2011-12-19 13:33:06 -0600
Started 2011-12-13 07:49:56 -0600

there was something i wanted and i got part of what i wanted.i got the start of a doll collection. within the last 10 yrs i started searching for other dolls that belong to this collection and other things that go to it. started looking in stores that sell collectable items and on ebay and have been to for fill my collection as far as i can.these dolls came out in the 80's.these dolls had fruity smell hair and little pets that went with them.

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squog master
squog master 2011-12-18 00:51:15 -0600 Report

Sounds like yours is the Strawberry Shortcake dolls. I remember getting some of those for my nieces. They were popular in the '80s I think judging from my nieces ages. those & Cabbage Patch kids.

I was a kid in the '60s. I grew up w/3 older bros. When I was a young kid, early '60s, I wanted a football just like my bros did. So what did I get(stereotyping by Mom & Dad here) a doll. I was so disappointed that I didn't get my football I cried. And my Grammie, who lived w/us yelled at my Mom for not getting me the football. I don't actually benembul (that was how I said remember back then) but that was how the story went.

On Thanksgiving something funy & cool happened. I was telling a story to my #2 bro & my SIL about after our Mom died. #3 bro & I were looking in the cedar chest for insurance papers. I found a pix of this little old lady looking as Filipino as possible. I said to #3 bro, "That's a pix of Grandmom." To which he replied, "No it's not! Grandmom lived w/us til she died when I was 12. I know what she looked like!!" To which I replied as I busted a gut, "That's a pix of Grandmom Martinez." I don't know why it was in there. It was probably cause it was the only pix of her we had. We never met her she lived in the Phillipines all her life & Dad got a late start in life so he was 53 when I was born. So maybe Grandmom Martinez was already dead by then. Strange that we never asked when she died.

Anyway that was the funny part here is the cool part. My SIL asked if I still had the pix as I had a fire that totaled my condo in '07. I said fortunately I did & showed it to her & my bro. My SIL said, "My gosh, L looks just like her!" My bro & I thought "no way!" As L has always resembled her Daddy, not her Mommy (My bro's daughter, my niece). I saw it right a way but my bro took some convincing. My SIL said that L looks like our Grandmom when L is serious. So my bro found a pix of L on his cell phone looking very serious & lo & behold L looked a lot like her Great Great G'mom Martinez. LOL :D

Jeanae 2011-12-15 18:47:42 -0600 Report

We were so poor we didn't ask for toys. We knew that Santa was wise and would bring us what we needed so we always got socks, a new hat and mittens + a scarf. My kids, who are teens now, love Christmas because we fill stockings for the Angel Tree program (children whose parent or parents are incarcerated), we fill shoe boxes for the children at an orphanage in south America and we give $$$ to feed hungry homeless veterans and dogs in shelters. Christmas sn't about toys, it is about caring for our fellow an.

pixsidust 2011-12-17 00:16:19 -0600 Report

Amen. I just filled two rubbermaid tote boxes with household items to be used by two families when they leave the shelter to give them a start having cleaners, sponges, laundry soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors and kitchen items. Thats what it means, to share in what you have! We used to gift give and now just sponsor a homeless shelter

berrykins0 2011-12-16 08:12:02 -0600 Report

it nice to hear you give to people in need. i guess when were children toys are all we think about but as adults we know theres more to christmas than toys.its better to get what you need not what you want at christmas, take care.

jayabee52 2011-12-15 19:38:21 -0600 Report

so true Janae! I believe the hassle of the season would be greatly diminished should more people adopt that mindset,

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-12-15 10:27:50 -0600 Report

We were not poor, but I know now that my parents had a tough time making ends meet. When a bike was needed, Dad would get a used one, clean it, paint it, and shine it up. A wagon, the same thing. Some of our gifts were new, but they came from relatives, usually clothes, since that was a need. Toys and games were usually "family" gifts. I guess it got to the point where we knew "wanting" something for Christmas just didn't work. Now, as an adult, if I want something and can afford it, I buy it. This realization has me realizing I now have too much stuff. With going through a divorce and having to move in the next year, I figure it is better to get rid of it than move it. So, in case you REALLY care, what I would like for this Christmas and can't afford is a backhoe! Donations accepted!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-15 13:38:10 -0600 Report

Jim when you finish with the backhoe may I borrow it? I also need two dumpsters and a dump truck to clean out the basement and everything else in the house I really don't want.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-19 07:44:38 -0600 Report

Me too! Maybe if we all pitch in, we can all use it!! LOL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-19 13:14:26 -0600 Report

Mickey, I just want to get rid of everything in the basement except my Secretary my godmother gave me when I was young, my mom's Cast Iron cookware that I can't lift, my dad's tools, the Christmas tree and decorations and all the games we got as kids. Everything else is up for grabs

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-19 13:30:55 -0600 Report

LOL no but I can use it to put the stuff in the dumpster once it is outside. However there is a method to my madness. The city provides dumpsters for community clean ups. I am going to have one put in front of my house and clean out my basement this is a good way to keep the community clean and my house.

Caroltoo 2011-12-15 14:11:04 -0600 Report

I came to the same conclusion when I was considering selling my house and moving. What an unnecessary collection of stuff someone else could use more than me.

jayabee52 2011-12-17 00:53:59 -0600 Report

When I move (too often) I give a lot of my stuff to the salvation army or other thrift stores like savers. Unfortunately I tend to build up my collection again after a bit.

I have also learned the bitter truth about junk being the stuff you didn't need when you threw it out 3 weeks ago that you had to go out and buy again because you needed it after all.

Young1s 2011-12-17 10:39:54 -0600 Report

Yep. I've fallen victim to that one myself. It could have held on to something for years and the moment I get rid of it, Boom, I find a use for it again.

GabbyPA 2011-12-15 14:15:44 -0600 Report

Isn't it funny. In our youth, we acquire things, long for things, must have things. Then as we age, they become junk and stuff...what a waste of money.

jayabee52 2011-12-15 20:44:49 -0600 Report

Mainly because the TV/Media/inernet tells us we "have to have it" to be fulfilled. Once we get it, we find out that it is not so fulfilling and it becomes junk we have to manage.

Young1s 2011-12-15 14:34:28 -0600 Report

That's why it's said that if you move, have a friend help with your packing. Because they'll be more likely to see your treasures for the trash it really is.

GabbyPA 2011-12-16 08:09:57 -0600 Report

Yep, that is the key. The fresh eyes are very helpful. I had a friend that was about as close to a hoarder cliff edge and I did a room makeover for her one year for her birthday. It was much easier for me to throw her stuff away that it was for her. Man, it is a funny phenomenon.

squog master
squog master 2011-12-18 01:00:30 -0600 Report

When Mom & I were getting ready to move to the condo I'm in now my #3 bro was helping me clean out the attic. I didn't have all this arthritis etc those 17-18 yrs ago. All of a sudden he starts taking things out the back door. I asked him what he was doing as it was closer to take the junk to the curb out the front door. He said to me, "Yeah, but this way Mommy can't stop me every time to check & see if what I have might be an antique." LOL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-15 13:37:03 -0600 Report

I wanted a tea set and a blackboard. My parents didn't ask us what we wanted for Christmas. They bought it and we were totally surprised. When I was in 4th grade my parents got my sister and I blackboards. That same year my great aunt gave me a Blue Willow Tea Set made of Porcelain. I still have the set and not one piece is broken.

GabbyPA 2011-12-15 13:17:34 -0600 Report

See what happens when we get what we want...we just want to get rid of it. LOL Are you sure you don't need a bulldozer?

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-12-15 16:19:15 -0600 Report

A backhoe comes with a bulldozer on the other end!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-12-15 16:39:06 -0600 Report

i can use the backhoe to do the bulldozer job, but it would take a lot to have the bulldozer to do the work of a backhoe. They are both fun. My boss' son, 7, has used both with Dad or me helping. He is king of the world! He is also fairly good. The last time we had one here, he picked up a 30' tree about 8" in diameter and moved it onto the trailer!

Caroltoo 2011-12-15 16:49:01 -0600 Report

That's a good skill for him to be learning.

My son learned computer at that age and ended up being an IT person. I thought I was teaching him a skill he would use in school and it turned out to be the beginning of a love that turned into a good living.

jayabee52 2011-12-15 17:04:47 -0600 Report

I learned how to operate a backhoe, bulldozer and a "dirt pam/earthmover" when I was growing up on the farm. My dad and his brother had the business together to fill in the months when farming was not possible. I also became quite good IMO.

Had my dad not died so tragically at 47, I might be working as an operator of earthmoving machines today. But when dad died the business went to Uncle Rob and one of his children took it over (and eventually drank it away).

I have fond memories of operating that equipment.

Itallian Kitty
Itallian Kitty 2011-12-15 00:09:57 -0600 Report

I always wanted to get a complete collection of 1930's Porcelain dolls. with a tea set just my size. never got it but still looking.

Jan8 2011-12-14 07:49:59 -0600 Report

Ar age 12 I asked for a microscpoe. I got it and was overjoyed. Then my dad took it back because the light was broken. I never got it back. I think I'll buy myself one today.

Itallian Kitty
Itallian Kitty 2011-12-15 00:06:16 -0600 Report

I am thinking of doing the same thing when I have the money. I had mine for 3 years before my dad threw it in the garbage because he didn't want to see me looking through it again. I never got along with the man so I don't care.

Caroltoo 2011-12-13 22:23:32 -0600 Report

At age 9, I asked for a two-wheeled bicycle. It was blue with white and silver trim. I rode it for years until to broke down, then I had great fun taking it apart and seeing what made a bike work. Guess the skill came in handy because I was always the one in the family who got to put together the gift bicycles and mechanical toys. Odd, too, because my first husband and son's father was an electronics design engineer. Brilliant man, but he only did electronics.

jayabee52 2011-12-13 17:09:56 -0600 Report

I wanted one of those toys spoken of in that 50s song that went "zip when it moved, pop when it stopped and whirr when it stood still —- I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will"

pixsidust 2011-12-14 22:15:48 -0600 Report

The Marvelous Toy
(Tom Paxton)
When I was just a wee little lad full of health and joy
My father homeward came one night and gave to me a toy
A wonder to behold, it was, with many colors bright
And the moment I laid eyes on it it became my heart's delight
It went "zip" when it moved and "bop" when it stopped
And "whirr" when it stood still
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.
The first time that I picked it up, I had a big surprise
For right on it's bottom were two big buttons that
Looked like big green eyes.
I first pushed one and then the other, and then I twisted it's lid
And when I set it down again, this is what it did:
It first marched left and then marched right
And then marched under a chair
And when l looked where it had gone, it wasn't even there:
I started to sob and my daddy laughed, for he knew that I would find,
When l turned around, my marvelous toy, chugging from behind.
Well, the years have gone by too quickly, it seems,
I have my own little boy
And yesterday I gave to him my marvelous little toy.
His eyes nearly popped right out of his head
And he gave a squeal of glee,
Neither one of us knows just what it is,
but he loves it, just like me.
Written, printed, and recorded by Tom Paxton
Copyright Tom Paxton

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-14 22:26:22 -0600 Report

That song ranks right up there with Puff the Magic Dragon. I cannot stand those two songs.

GabbyPA 2011-12-14 17:14:58 -0600 Report

You know..it is sad...I can sing the tune to that!

jayabee52 2011-12-15 01:43:44 -0600 Report

why sad Gabby?

GabbyPA 2011-12-15 13:16:18 -0600 Report

My age is showing. I just turned 50 this week...I guess I was feeling old. It has passed, I am fine now!! LOL

jayabee52 2011-12-16 14:19:06 -0600 Report

maybe I should be sad also as I am about to fall over the 60 y/o cliff. (in Feb)

But then again I probably should be happy because this beat-up old body has lasted this long!

pixsidust 2011-12-13 17:04:55 -0600 Report

I was a very blond girl with sky blue eyes, ankle socks, a smocked dress with matching jacket and patented leather shoes. I was also a Tom Boy that could out run, race and challenge most boys. My cousin had an electric race car set. I dearly wanted one…but never got it.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-13 19:14:49 -0600 Report

I bet your were so freaking cute!! I can just picture ya!! All my nieces and nephews are all white blonds with big blue eyes!!

pixsidust 2011-12-14 11:47:57 -0600 Report

I had some Huck Finn in me. My grandma said she never knew if I was hurt till she saw me walk past her with blood on me. I did not cry. I climbed trees, jumped from the top of the public park totem poles, saved worms from rain puddles, made mud pies, ate mulberries for breakfast, tamed wild birds, developed a cat call that had all the cats in hearing distance calling back and…I so wanted a race car set meant for boys! Along with my dolls!

ngtowl117 2011-12-13 12:25:35 -0600 Report

I wanted a bb gun like my younger brothers got. Instead I got a Mrs. Beasly doll. My faither was, and still is a chauvanist. But I did finally got get the horse I was promised, it only took 30 years, lol

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-13 19:15:25 -0600 Report

Better late than never!! I never got my ruby red slippers!! LOL

ngtowl117 2011-12-13 21:21:51 -0600 Report

I'm sorry you never got your slippers! I've now had 'Charley horse' for 15 years. Got him when he was 6 months old. Couldn't be happier, ok maybe when I get to start riding again, lol

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-14 00:45:12 -0600 Report

Np! I was a kid, what did I know! What's funny is that some years ago, they started selling little girl shoes with the red sparkle glitter on them! Wanted to buy my daughter a pair, but she was older and too big for them by the time they came out!!

Young1s 2011-12-13 21:25:31 -0600 Report

Charlie Horse. I love that. Let's see if I'm psychic. Heee's…dark brown with a black hair (sorry the name for it slips me right now LOL) and white down his legs.

ngtowl117 2011-12-13 21:34:45 -0600 Report

Nope sorry. He's white with dapple grey spots and his main and tail are grey,he is white to his knees then they go grey. Sorry to bust your psychic bubble. lol

Young1s 2011-12-13 10:35:20 -0600 Report

Never got an easy bake oven. So when my twins were old enough I got them one. Funny thing is, they never asked for one. I guess I was living vicariously. I also remember being really jealous of the six million dollar man action figure that my brother got one year.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-13 19:17:06 -0600 Report

I had an easy bake oven when i was a kid and loved it. So when my daughter was old enough I got her one for christmas, It SUCKED(sorry for the language!)! It burned everything, and if you did get it to cook something, it tasted horrible!! I don't remember mine being like that, but then, when your a kid, it's just not the same!!

GabbyPA 2011-12-13 08:54:21 -0600 Report

You know, I don't recall any of my childhood lists. I do recall one of the coolest things my brother and I got for christmas was a painted piece of cardboard that had streets and buildings that we ran out matchbox cars on. It even had a sand pit with sand glued on it. My mom made it for us and we LOVED it.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-13 08:40:47 -0600 Report

Was thinking hard on this, and I don't remember ever being bummed out on Christmas, I'm sure there probably was, but,ya know, the memory is going!!
I do remember though, wanting Dorothy's ruby red slippers from the Wizard of OZ!!!
I prayed so hard for those shoes!! LOL Big surprise, I never did get them!!!