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Old Yesterday, 07:50 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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I am 67. To my recollection I never received any birthday presents from my parents, nope not even one. But, we would have a birthday cake or dessert of some type when I was a child. For Christmas, I believe that most years I would receive one present and other years I would receive nothing (nope not even clothes). When I was five I received a toy telephone and one year I received a baby doll. We did not receive gifts from grandparents or aunts and uncles either.

Although, one year an aunt gave me a doll bed (which I still have) for my birthday and another year a different aunt gave me a pencil box with pencils inside of it. And, my grandmother, every few years, would give me a handknit hat and/or pair of mittens.

However, every year, we would have a beautiful Christmas tree (that we cut from our land) and our church would give each child a paper bag full of candy after the Christmas eve service. Well, it wasn't really a "paper bag full of candy", it was a small paper bag with about a dozen pieces of hard candy, an orange and, some years, one or two pieces of chocolate. My siblings and I would look forward to that bag all year.

Yup, that's it.

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Old Yesterday, 08:29 PM
Location: Virginia
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My poor Mom Never seemed to learn what I liked for a present. I remember getting new dolls and putting them immediately in my toy box in the basement. All I ever wanted was Breyer horses or anything related to horses. Ideally I would have gotten a real horse, but it wouldn't have fit in our suburban back yard.
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Old Yesterday, 09:09 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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We got ONE birthday celebration / gift per lifetime (while living at parent's home), I made mine at age 5 when I scored a Fire Truck pedal car from the Firestone store!

Wish I had it today! (as usual)

I bought myself a new / used motorcycle on most of my birthdays, but fortunately I only have (9) remaining, so must have missed a few yrs, or lost them along the way.

I still have my 1972, 73, 75, 76, 79, 81 ... So I can remember those birthdays very well... EVERYDAY!

As a kid ... my grandparents gave me a cast model sized tractor nearly every year they could afford. I have a huge box of those, and several reside on a special recessed shelf I added to the bedroom when I built this house. I enjoy those everyday too!
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Old Yesterday, 10:36 PM
Location: San Francisco
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My birthday is right before Christmas and I'm a girl, so I got lots of sweaters, rain boots and umbrellas along with the usual dolls.

My brother's birthday was in July and he was a boy, so he got the fun presents - swim fins, snorkels and cap guns.
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Old Yesterday, 10:37 PM
Location: Nebraska
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I was really into trains. I was excited to get one of these


My grandpa made us cousins wooden guns ( kids can't have those today)
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Old Yesterday, 10:43 PM
Location: too far from the sea
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I don't remember getting much for birthdays except a cake with candles. I must have gotten something but I can't remember.

Christmas though--dolls, tea sets, more dolls, plastic lego type bricks, a metal ferris wheel that you wound up, a plastic jack in the box that you wound up, a plastic hurdy gurdy ?? that played Carnival in Venice, puzzles, games, books, drawing materials, a doll house, doll house people and doll house furniture, a toy piano, metal toy cash register, metal toy typewriter, crayons and coloring books, paint by number kits, copper craft kit, toy telephone, toy iron and ironing board, toy oven, metal "food", a standing chalkboard and colored chalk, cap gun, , etc. When I got to be a teenager I started to appreciate the clothing and a scarf that my mother knit for me.
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Old Yesterday, 11:05 PM
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I remember on my 7th birthday, I received a beautiful Raleigh child's bicycle. My best friend received one identical but a different color, on her 7th birthday 24 days later. We had such fun on those bicycles, and also rode them back and forth to school.
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Old Yesterday, 11:15 PM
Location: New Mexico
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As a Christmas gift one year I got a pogo stick. That was probably the worst gift I ever got as a kid. I got a telescope the next year that made up for it. I still have the telescope and still use it.
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Old Today, 12:02 AM
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My parents actually made a lot of our gifts. My mom sewed great doll clothes. My dad made a doll house. My grampa made a fabulous HUGE teeter totter when we were young. In jr high my dad made us a ping pong table and we also got a microscope. We also got the usual games, bikes, puzzles, clothes, and later money.
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Old Today, 12:31 AM
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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My dad forbade the celebration of birthdays and Christmas. If I complained, my gift was a spanking.
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