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Old Today, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I'm curious where you grew up? We grew up on "the Space Coast" in Florida. My dad worked for RCA. I was the oldest. I never thought we were 'rich' or well off, but reading some of these posts about Christmas presents...there were 5 of us kids, and we always had nice Christmases. We all got 3 or 4 gifts, and we all got 1 'big' gift.


Makes me wonder if maybe we were better off than I thought.
In my area, if a child received 3 or 4 presents (plus shared a "big" gift) that would have been extremely unusual, unless you were wealthy or very spoiled or had many relatives buying gifts for you. The exception was if they were handmade gifts such as hand knitted or hand sewn clothes or handmade toys made of wood.

But, it may have been very different in your area.
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Old Today, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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Three presents stand out in my memory:

Erector Set
Gilbert Chemistry Set
Davy Crockett at the Alamo
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Old Today, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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For me a doll and clothes and as a family a new car or item for the electric train village. Such good times.
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Old Today, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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No, I'm by myself. No sense in celebrating since it's way too late for that.
I'm sorry. I don't celebrate Christmas now either, but when I had my dog and cat, I'd put up a small tree and wrap presents for them. LOL Of course, said presents had to be picked up and locked up before I left for work every day. I learned the hard way. My mother sent me a care package one Christmas and wrapped everything. My dog ate the bar of soap.
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Old Today, 06:13 PM
 
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I'm curious where you grew up? We grew up on "the Space Coast" in Florida.
Long Island. Aerospace was big here, and the biggest was undoubtedly Grumman. They were the largest employer on Long Island for decades: all through WWII for aircraft, especially the "Cats", and then the lunar module, and then the Gulfstream jets and of course the LLV that everyone knows from the US Postal service. It's no exaggeration to say that almost every family on Long Island was likely to have at least one member who either had retired from or was currently working for Grumman during the 50s and 60s!

But we also had plenty of other aircraft industry here too. Some of the other biggies were Sikorsky (helicopters), Republic, Fairchild, and Curtiss. Along with those five major companies there were scads of smaller associated manufacturers as well; there were more aircraft manufacturing firms here than anywhere else in the USA during those decades.
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Old Today, 08:51 PM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Dolls and clothes.

I remember one doll that came with three different wigs.

Go-go boots - who remembers those?



Oh yes! I think I was 9 that Christmas when my sisters and I all got white "go go boots". I loved mine! Thanks for reminding me. I wanted to be a dancer on "Hullabaloo!" that year.



I thought this was a distinct possibility - apparently my parents did too. It seemed to disturb them.



I also got 45s in my Christmas stocking.
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