Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas, everyone!

This week’s topic is favorite kiddie toys.  I’d love to declare a single toy from my childhood, but I got a lot of forgettable stuff.  Those things I starred multiple times on my Christmas wish list and probably got on Christmas morning, but for the life of me, I can’t remember.  But I’ve got a few items that still bring a smile to my face when I think about them.

Growing Up Skipper doll.  This was Barbie’s little sister and if you rotated her arm she grew a little taller and got boobs.  I swear I am not making this up!  Apparently this didn’t sit well with some women’s groups and parents who protested that little girls would have an unrealistic vision of what going through puberty was like.  PUH-LEASE!  I might have been seven years old, but I wasn’t stupid.  That logic went along with the idea that watching the Road Runner dropping anvils on Coyote would turn us into violent children.  First of all, I don’t even know where to purchase an anvil.  Not that I could have bought it.  My allowance was pretty pathetic.  Second, I lived in Jacksonville, FL which is flat as a pancake, so there weren’t any cliffs around to drop them from either.  Third, I was not a fast runner.  That much was established at every P.E. class where we had to race from one end of the field to the other.

My first sleeping bag.  I can’t tell you who was on it, but it was yellow and did NOT feature Big Bird.  It usually served as a blanket since sleepovers were few and far between, but it was nice to know I was prepared for when they happened.

Creepy Crawly Bug Maker.  Also the Betty Crocker Easy Bake Oven.  They still make these so their longevity proves their awesomeness.  The same can be said for Legos.

A Rubic’s cube.  I never learned to solve it.  I can still get one side and the corresponding top row for each of the adjacent sides, but I’ve never solved it without the “cheat sheet” which did NOT come with the original ones introduced in the ’80’s.  Interestingly, that is one of the items on my daughter’s wish list this year.  OMG!  I just realized I got mine in 8th grade when I was taking algebra and that is exactly where my daughter is now!  I remember that detail because my algebra teacher Ms. Okle Jones solved it faster than anyone I personally knew.  Plus if you gave her one to do at the beginning of class it gave me just a bit more time to finish my homework before she collected it.

A stuffed Ewok from the last Star Wars movie.  Don’t judge.  I was a teen girl.  And compared to today’s teen girls and choices for which to be ridiculed, I maintain that my taste in Ewoks isn’t that bad.  Oh and Duran Duran > One Direction.  At least my guys really were (and still ARE) a band!  (Yes, Beatles era fans, I concede to your superiority.)

Anyhow, this is my last post as the Monday Fox.  I’m moving my brand of immaturity to Wednesdays because (sniff, sniff) our Cajun Fox Danica is leaving.  But be here on New Year’s Eve to welcome our new Monday Fox.  I know you’re gonna love her!  Well, if I am to make that last run to the mall to talk to Santa about last minute gifts for my kiddos, I’d better get going.  Stay safe out there everyone and Merry Christmas!

About Micki Gibson

Young Adult fiction writer
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6 Responses to Christmas Eve

  1. jeff7salter says:

    glad you found a way to mention Legos again. Ha.
    Well, your assortment bears very little resemblance to the list i’ll post on Hound Day.
    But that’s to be expected.
    Funny I didn’t even remember the Ewok doll.
    I notice you didn’t mention cabbage patch kids … you were too young or already too old for them?


    • Micki Gibson says:

      Cabbage Patch Kids…I was just a bit outside the target age range and they were a bit pricey. Or at least pricey for someone whose mother sewed a lot and was able to make me a Cabbage Patch-style doll. So I didn’t have the special certificate saying it was one of a kind. Didn’t need it. I KNEW mine was one of a kind. Thanks, Mom!
      Legos…they will NEVER go out of style.


  2. My husband bought an Ewok treehouse (playhouse, like Fischer Price Little People) for our boys when they were little, long after the movies had been out …maybe they had a re-issued in extended version at the time or something.Anyway, it was cute, so I’m on your side!
    Maybe we’ll actually get to see you faster on Wednesdays…which reminds me; I have to get over and wish Danica a Merry Christmas.
    A Merry Christmas to you and yours,Micki, and all your readers!


    • Micki Gibson says:

      Thanks, Tonette! Fisher Price Little People…another toy that will always be around even if they change the style and size of the Little People. And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours, as well!


  3. Lots of great toys and I know you had a blast with all of them. Merry Christmas, my sweet friend!


    • Micki Gibson says:

      Merry Christmas back to you, Jillian! I’ve got another classic toy. One I opened THIS morning…roller skates. Cue up the flashing lights and the disco music. I wonder if I can find my old purple “Roller Boogie” bodysuit circa 1979. Sixth grade, the skate center on Cassat Avenue, and drinking “suicides” (every flavor of soda mixed). Good times, good times! 🙂


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