Thursday, December 19, 2013

Best Christmas Ever 1976

My parents were very frugal people. Having grown up during the Great Depression, they saved what they could, when they could. They did not believe in anything frivolous, expensive or 'flashy.' They did not give dozens of gifts at Christmas, three was usually the maximum number of gifts I would receive. Santa always filled my stocking with useful and practical items such as soap, lotion, shampoo, etc. It never bothered me, I was always excited and thankful for what I was given. 

One Christmas stands out as one of my best childhood holidays--Christmas of 1976. It was a dream come true. Mom and Dad surprised me with everything Barbie that I had ever wanted, and then some. I got a Barbie Townhouse, a Barbie Van, Barbie Corvette, a couple new Barbie Dolls and outfits and shoes! So many extras! As an added bonus, I was also given the JAWS game! 

I found photo of the items I was given online, as I don't have access to my childhood photos at the moment. These were exactly what I had.




15 comments :

  1. I had everything Barbie growing up, even shoes. I am a little younger so I don't remember these toys but I would have loved them nonetheless!

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  2. Wow you were one of the blessed ones to have those sought after Barbie houses!!

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  3. I loved everything Barbie!! I would have loved that house

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  4. I never had any type of doll house while growing up (I wanted one, though), so I can easily understand why that was one of your best childhood holidays. :)

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  5. Great pics! Barbie was a big part of my Christmas each year as a kid.

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  6. oh, that townhouse was so awesome! I never had one, but had friends who had it!

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  7. I had that same van! Too cute

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  8. Oh I remember those barbie days! It sounds like a fun Christmas. :)

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  9. Kelly @ Texas Type A MomDecember 22, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I had a Barbie dream house and it was so much fun!

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  10. Wow, now that is a seriously awesome Christmas :) My younger self is jealous :)

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  11. I loved everything Barbie when I was younger! I love that van/RV. So cool.

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  12. I remember the townhouse and RV! Great fun!

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  13. What a great memory. I remember the year Cabbage Patch Kids came out. I wanted one so bad but they were not in stores anywhere. Somehow my parents found one.

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  14. Jennifer @ My Sweet SanityDecember 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    I was not a Barbie girl as a kid but even I can appreciate how awesome this Christmas must have been for you.

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  15. This is definitely a throw back and way before my time.

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