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The best Christmas gifts ever from Santa?
galesburg.com ^ | 22 Dec 2011 | Jay Redfern

Posted on 12/22/2011 6:28:43 AM PST by smokingfrog

It's Christmas morning, anytime in the 1960s. And by morning, I'm talking 2 or 3 a.m. My brother Jeff and I know Santa Claus has arrived at Grandma and Granddad Hodges' house in rural Rushville and we can't wait until daybreak when we can charge downstairs to see what toys he delivered.

Unable to sleep, full of anticipation, we sneak out of the bedroom, edge down a couple of steps, taking turns peeking between the staircase spindles -- hoping to get a glimpse of a new bike, an electric train or a drum set.

Mom and Dad finally give the OK to head downstairs about 7 a.m. Eyes wide open and dressed in our PJs, we finally see the toys we had asked for in our letters to and visits with Santa. The whole family had wrapped presents under the tree, but Santa always left the good stuff -- toys! -- unwrapped and in full display.

After working up an appetite playing with our new toys, we made our way to Grandma's kitchen, where we found a half-full glass of milk and a cookie with a bite taken out of it -- another sure sign Santa had paid us a visit.

My friend and WQAD news anchor Jason Fechner posed an interesting question on Facebook this week, asking people about their best Christmas gifts. Mine is easy: a yellow Schwinn Stingray bike with a white banana seat that Santa brought me in 1971 at age 7.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: christmas; gifts; memories
My favorite (and biggest surprise) was a drill rifle replica.


1 posted on 12/22/2011 6:28:49 AM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

An electric football game. My offensive line always wound up in the corner and my running back ran the wrong way. My Dad said I should paint my team yellow and call them “The Chickens”. My sister brought her Barbie over and kicked all the players off the game. She was an early feminist. It had a little felt football and our cat ate it. He hacked it back up, I think. I might have continued playing with a half-digested piece of Meow Mix.


2 posted on 12/22/2011 7:17:09 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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A nintendo 64 when I was in sixth grade. Came with Ocarina of Time I was the happiest kid you’d ever seen. I still fire that game up every so often. A classic.


3 posted on 12/22/2011 8:11:49 AM PST by utherdoul
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To: smokingfrog

I still remember the year I got my Hop Along Cassidy cap gun and holster set.....and my Chatty Cathy doll. I was about 6 - 7, I think and such a tomboy!


4 posted on 12/22/2011 8:17:45 AM PST by CAluvdubya
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To: smokingfrog

In the 50’s I got a replica “burb “ gun from “ Santa” that you wound up and it went through a roll of caps in about 15 seconds.Looked like the real thing and was made out of metal, not plastic.

Saw one on Ebay a few years back but I could buy a REAL Glock for the price of that toy nowadays.


5 posted on 12/22/2011 9:05:17 AM PST by Renegade
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To: smokingfrog

I would have to say that my most memorable Christmas was when I was in first grade in 1966.We had just moved into a new house in Aug before that Christmas so there was a lot more room than in the small trailer we had lived in before.We had a huge tree that Santa had put up one night...my little brother was 2 I don’t think Mom wanted the ornaments broke....LOL Anyway she had worked part time as a toy party rep all the last year and used all of her money and credits to get most everything they offered.We walked into the living room that boring which was 18’ room and there was not a single spot that didn’t have a gift on it for us.I remember saying to Mom that we must’ve really been good this year!


6 posted on 12/22/2011 9:16:18 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: smokingfrog

I would have to say that my most memorable Christmas was when I was in first grade in 1966.We had just moved into a new house in Aug before that Christmas so there was a lot more room than in the small trailer we had lived in before.We had a huge tree that Santa had put up one night...my little brother was 2 I don’t think Mom wanted the ornaments broke....LOL Anyway she had worked part time as a toy party rep all the last year and used all of her money and credits to get most everything they offered.We walked into the living room that morning which was 18’ room and there was not a single spot that didn’t have a gift on it for us.I remember saying to Mom that we must’ve really been good this year!


7 posted on 12/22/2011 9:16:47 AM PST by chris_bdba
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What I remember most of Christmas as a child is the breathtaking magic of it all! The pungent smell of the tree, dripping with tinsel ice cycles haloing red, green,, yellow and blue lights. The stillness of pre-dawn anticipation as I waited for firstlight to begin the celebration of the wondrous birth of our Lord. The Gift of gifts!

May the remembrance of His birth be a joyous blessing to all.


8 posted on 12/22/2011 10:00:51 AM PST by Paperdoll (on the cutting edge)
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To: blueunicorn6

Good story!


9 posted on 12/22/2011 2:01:12 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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