What was your favorite Christmas Gift?

Share with me something you got for Christmas (material or not) that was your favorite gift that left an impact on your life?

Mine was my first bicycle (with no training wheels). I don’t think I ever had training wheels on my bike and remember riding around the block by myself wiping out several times and running into parked cars. It wasn’t new, I think my dad found it in a dump or thrift store. It was a Coast to Coast that he spray painted. I think that is why I still have an obsession with one-speed junkers. This year I bought my first E-Bike and I have been riding it almost everyday since I got it.



15 comments ↓

#1 Very Stable Genius on 12.24.21 at 11:07 pm

My Johnny Express truck:

https://marietta-oh.americanlisted.com/art-antiques/1960s-johnny-express-tractor-trailer-truck-reduced_22992941.html

The Creepy Crawlers kit:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/234261771577?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=234261771577&targetid=1262749492462&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9020397&poi=&campaignid=13918050402&mkgroupid=125660531715&rlsatarget=pla-1262749492462&abcId=9300613&merchantid=6296724&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1o_Ow5X-9AIVARXUAR0zqAonEAQYASABEgKtBvD_BwE

A GI Joe doll with fatigues, an amphibious outfit, and a Civil War outfit:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/194494783447?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=194494783447&targetid=1262749491102&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9020397&poi=&campaignid=13918050402&mkgroupid=125660531715&rlsatarget=pla-1262749491102&abcId=9300613&merchantid=6296724&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4dmZmpb-9AIVVxPUAR0j5wSDEAQYAyABEgInrPD_BwE

And, believe it or not, my Mattel M-16 toy gun, which still works, sounds real, and which I fire off in true Saddam fashion and celebration every time the Dems win the White House:

https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/mattels-m-16-marauder/

#2 "Woodstock" on 12.24.21 at 11:11 pm

“I’d say my Farrah Fawcett poster……: ”

https://www.etsy.com/listing/865919960/farrah-fawcett-original-poster-24-x-36?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_c-home_and_living-home_decor-wall_decor-wall_hangings-other&utm_custom1=_k_EAIaIQobChMIgMDKsZf-9AIVChpMCh1ewwCpEAQYASABEgICEvD_BwE_k_&utm_content=go_12573354887_118348195134_507897028544_pla-305562556206_c__865919960_238150180&utm_custom2=12573354887&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgMDKsZf-9AIVChpMCh1ewwCpEAQYASABEgICEvD_BwE

(“Hopefully, I’ll get a Dua Lipa one this Christmas…”)

#3 Very Stable Genius on 12.24.21 at 11:37 pm

OMG, I almost forgot about Hot Wheels, too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0WUezoxVxU

How did all of these toys influence me? Well, they made me the kid that I still am….. Because those who totally grow-up are nothing but conformists.

#4 Silverstar of Bethlehem on 12.25.21 at 1:57 am

NORAD actually tracks Santa. Meanwhile, the Chinese and the Russians still take us as a serious threat.

#5 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 12.25.21 at 10:06 am

Cabbage Patch Kids, Furbies, Tickle Me Elmo, and Teletubbies were the first signs of the collapse of our civilization. But the Easy-Bake Oven was a time of innocence. Erector sets were when words were naively not censored so much. Lionel, then Tyco, trains once made the circuit before they were derailed by action figures and transformers. No one plays cowboys or indians anymore either. Maybe they should. Instead, they fear true guns, which they should, and wait for some true action to transform our society into better times. It’s time we all got on board, however, for better times that is, bake a cake, and play more often with our toy Erector set.

#6 Further Fear & Loathing on 12.25.21 at 10:08 am

Do you remember when Furbies were claimed to be an attempt by the Chinese to spy on us? That was long before we had to worry about Alexa or Goggle: The enemy within.

#7 rufusx on 12.25.21 at 10:09 am

Puppy.

#8 WillyNilly on 12.25.21 at 10:18 am

My favorite gift was one I gave. My son had just begun college and it was a rough go just to get him there. There wasn’t much money when we found he needed a graphing calculator. He thought he could do the work without one but I didn’t want to take chances with his education. So I looked for one and finally found it for less than $100. I saved and skipped a bill or two but got it for him before he came home that Christmas. The look on his face when he saw his gift was a gift to me. It still brings tears to my eyes when I remember it.

#9 "Woodstock" on 12.25.21 at 10:38 am

“Say, do you remember when Jerry Falwell claimed that the Teletubbies were gay?”…. “Jerry probably should have been more worried about his own son instead”…

http://thewartburgwatch.com/2020/08/05/jerry-falwell-jrs-alleged-history-with-other-racy-photos-along-with-the-pool-boy-episode-and-the-alleged-hiring-of-that-micheal-cohen-to-make-it-go-away/

#10 D@ily Spin on 12.25.21 at 10:46 am

A chemistry set. Dangerous.

#11 NTLNIQ on 12.26.21 at 9:50 am

Does anybody actually think VSG and/or his 10 aliases are funny? I decided to read a few of his comments again, just because. Awful, and certainly not funny. At least they’re not 47 paragraphs long like Mike.

#12 Very Stable Genius on 12.26.21 at 10:49 am

Dear Anti-Quotation Boy,

I am sorry, you apparently did not have a nice Christmas. I hope 2022 is better for you.

Oh, and sometimes things aren’t funny, they’re just the plain truth and some can’t handle that.

VSG

#13 "Woodstock" on 12.26.21 at 10:52 am

“Man, for a guy who doesn’t think you are funny, claims to not read your comments, yet obsesses on you, what gives here?”… “I guess we now know what he thinks about while he’s riding his car through a car wash, huh?”….

#14 C. L. on 12.26.21 at 1:31 pm

My favorite was the TIF I got this year! Of course, that’s my favorite gift every year.

#15 "Woodstock" on 12.26.21 at 4:01 pm

“Was that TIF wrapped, or taken out of a ‘toolbox’, I mean a gift bag?”…. (…”I hate gift bags, that just means people are too fxcking lazy to wrap my present”…. )