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Old Yesterday, 02:24 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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I got things other people wanted me to have. Very rarely did I get what I wanted, even if I was asked. So I got clothes and dolls and games when I wanted model horses and dollhouses and books. I still laugh at my grandmother's reaction to asking what I wanted for Christmas: a model horse. Her reply? "Oh, no, you don't want that, you already have so many!" (I had three) Don't you just love being told what you don't want? And as a child, it was twice as infuriating.

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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.
We must be sisters, separated at birth. LOL
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Old Yesterday, 02:27 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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My dad forbade the celebration of birthdays and Christmas. If I complained, my gift was a spanking.
Do you celebrate birthdays and Christmas today?
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Old Yesterday, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Texas of course
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When I was very young I usually got a doll, tea set, car coat (as they called it back then) and some other sort of clothing. I remember I got a transistor radio when I was about 10 and that was my favorite thing! I hung it from the handlebars on my bike to listen to while I rode around, of course I got a bike one year. As I got older I got mostly clothes. When I was 15 I got a tape player/recorder and clothes. When I was 16 I got a pearl ring and clothes.
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Old Yesterday, 05:30 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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I don't remember too many presents, although I did get them. One memorable disappointment, the year after my mom died and my dad was buying presents. I wanted a flute - a silver flute. No idea why, I didn't play it, I played piano. But the way some little girls want ballet slippers even though they don't dance. I got a plastic, multi-colored toy that you blew into and pressed keys.


One present that does stand out, and I wish I still had it. My mom used to sew for me, and had made a velvet party dress. That Christmas morning when I came downstairs, sitting on the couch was a 18" fashion doll with a 1800's era outfit made of the same fabric - dress, bonnet, and cape.


Relatives outside of immediate family might send a card with $1. With the exception of one wonderful aunt, who sent a check for THREE dollars. Now that was something. (I was born in mid 1950's).
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Old Yesterday, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I don't remember many gifts but I think they were mostly clothes.

At some point, my sister and I started receiving identical gifts. I think the idea was to quash criticism from family that my mother was favoring my sister. If we got the same thing -- even if it was something neither of us wanted or asked for -- she couldn't be accused of favoritism. I guess she dropped that pretense later when she made out her will and bequeathed everything to my sister.

I did get a welcome clothing gift one year when I came home from college for Christmas but it wasn't from family -- it was from my boyfriend. He bought me a warm coat with a fake fur collar. That I remember clearly. I cried when I opened it and saw what it was.
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Old Yesterday, 06:29 AM
 
Location: R.I.
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For my birthdays my mom or grandmother always baked a cake, and presents would be small gifts like a coloring book with new crayons, or some other small toy from the 5&10 store. Christmas would always include a pair of new PJs, boots, and a new winter hat and coat if needed. Toy type gifts could usually be one big gift like a sled, new ice skates, or a new doll and always a stocking filled with candy, pencils, and other trinkets.

Although I never felt deprived, the one gift I always wanted and not sure why Santa never brought it was a Raggedy Ann doll. When my SO and I first started dating we got on the subject of Christmas toys and I must have told him about never getting a Raggedy Ann doll. So he filed that info away for future reference and our 1st Christmas together his gift to me was a Raggedy Ann doll which meant more to me than diamonds.
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Old Yesterday, 08:26 AM
 
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I have the 8mm home movies of the Christmas greed. I remember hating getting clothes. I wanted toys.



From age 6, I was fascinated with lawn mowers. My birthday is in May. I always wanted a lawn mower. My father was more than happy to comply.
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Old Yesterday, 09:03 AM
 
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When I was very young I usually got a doll, tea set, car coat (as they called it back then)
OMG now there is a real blast from the past, LOL! You're right -- I had completely forgotten about "car coats"!

I've remembered a couple of other now-defunct names for things (like "housecoat" and "dungarees") but car coats was one I'd forgotten. Thanks! :-)
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Old Yesterday, 09:10 AM
 
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One memorable disappointment, the year after my mom died and my dad was buying presents. I wanted a flute - a silver flute. No idea why, I didn't play it, I played piano. But the way some little girls want ballet slippers even though they don't dance. I got a plastic, multi-colored toy that you blew into and pressed keys.

I had the exact same experience and the same outcome! I was soooooo disappointed.

I never played an instrument but for some reason thought it would be wonderful to be able to play a flute. Probably would have been just as inept at it as I was at everything else either musical or athletic, but I was I was so bummed with the tacky substitute that I immediately abandoned the idea, LOL
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Old Yesterday, 11:05 AM
 
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I got a Think-A-Tron computer
This is great! What year roughly? And what did it DO?
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