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December 11, 2001

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Helen

I don't remember my favorite gift, but I do remember that one year I was so excited about my gifts that I snuck two out from under the tree and opened them early. One was a Disney soundrack for Aladdin. My parents threatened to take away all my presents, and I 'bribed' them by giving them all the money I had: my mom and my dad each got $9.

nicole

three or so years ago, the lomo. last year, a sewing machine. my boy is really receptive to my creating things! the only bad thing was that I felt like I couldn't live up to such fantastic gifts... well, I'm making things for him using both, so I suppose that's the point*

The Dane

your family was right. snuggle is evil to the core. i think he did something with the kid sister i never had. if someone had put a stop to that cursed bear years ago, i might this very day be writing a christmas car to my dear little sister at her first year as an architecture major at cal poly san luis obispo. and people wonder why the holidays are so depressing

Rachel

My best friend told me once about how she had a Teddy Ruxpin doll when she was younger, the talking one, of course. I was thrilled, as Teddy Ruxpin had been one of those strange cartoons I could recall coming on t.v. at 6:30 a.m., back when I actually got out of bed willingly before 11:00. She then proceeded to describe how her younger cousin had pulled off Teddy's nose, transforming him into something vaguely threatening ["he looked like the devil" were probably her exact words], and how he was just never the same afterwards. Ah, thanks for the memories Mena. ^_^

ps: I love your blog, read it regularly.

TC

That was a lovely story with a happy ending! Thanks for writing it. I wish I had a similar experience, but I don't. My favorite gift that I never got was a go-kart from the Sears catalogue. I would spend afternoons staring at the go-kart page. Just well, considering how dangerous they are. Now I ride a motorcycle.

I did get a Texas Instruments TI994A though, about the same time. I thought it would become my best friend, used as I was to all of the talking, intelligent computers on TV. I even named it. Imagine my disappointment when it turned out to be a simple appliance with no personality. Just as well, considering there are things like Bonzi Buddy out there. Now I have real friends.

kismet

I was always pretty lucky in the christmas-department, even when my parents were flat broke. However, I remember one Xmas when I was about 5 or so, I opened up a package to find cars. I was certain that they were not for me because why would someone buy me cars? Turned out they were remote control cars of some sort. I think my dad bought them for "me" so he could play with them.

Ryan

I can tell you the strangest present I ever got: a Tonka truck.

When I was 13.

The package said "ages 3 and up." Feigning enthusiasm for that gift was nearly impossible... on the brink of puberty I got a toy truck. Sheesh.

It was from an aunt I didn't see very often, but in my mind, I still think she should have known better. :)

Kacey

Oh my goodness, I was dying at that story. How funny and yet sad at the same time! You know though, I still do that with my stuffed toys, feel guilty for not treating them as if they weren't somehow alive. When I was little I had all these stuffed toys and of course I had to sleep with all of them because otherwise it wouldn't be fair. At one time I had a system of rotating them so they all got a chance to be nearest to me.
As for my favorite Christmas present, I'm not really sure. I can't remember ever loving a Christmas present so much... Oh wait, yes I do! Last year I kept hinting at a computer just for me and my sister, even though there was no way we could afford it. I was really only being half-way serious, because I knew I wouldn't get it. But then on Christmas we'd opened all the presents when mom said that we had one more. My sister and I started looking around, wondering what it was, when dad pointed at the computer he'd been building in our living room the entire month! We'd thought it was just another one for him, and then it turned out being ours, I was shocked! Even though it only lasted about two months, I will still remember that one as the most meaningful and probably life changing present I ever got.

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anna

i think your site is groovy, like a peice of shag carpet, or a hefner song. yumm ^ ^

Cynthia

Hey, I still have my AG Bear too :)

rebecca

My first 'adult'(ahem) boyfriend gave me AG for the winter holidays in 1985. I have kept AG for over 17 years. My ex husband hated AG and threw away him away one day. I cried and hid AG (now he was naked and missing his vocal box) until my kiddle was born. She used to borow 'Mommy's Bear' to cuddle whenever she felt blue. Well, I am back with my first love today, after 17 years apart. AG? He's still here, and he means more to me than ever. Now, if I could only find another Voltron magnetic clock!

Vanessa

The snuggle bear is the most evil thing on the face of this earth. Teddy ruxipin is entirely scary. I agree. Someone should have burned the Snuggle bear and Teddy (a.k.a. Parental Neglect) and burn them like the witches at Salem.

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