This week’s issue of Time Magazine has a small pictorial article about the fads of each Christmas must haves since 1983. That year was the Cabbage Patch Kids doll. I remember watching the mania on the news with people trying to procure theirs for their kid. U.G.L.Y. Never understood the hubbub about them.
1986 it was Teddy Ruxpin. I joined the bandwagon, decided I should get one for my “oh so brilliant” kid. Got one. The dumb bear whose mouth moved along with a cassette tape jammed in its back that kept getting jammed scared the crap out of my kid. It sat buried at the foot of his bed under other much ignored stuffed animals. C.R.E.E.P.Y.
1989, 1990 – Lawyerboy received them both at different times during the years when he got older.
1994 – Beanie Babies. Sciencegirl was eight years old. I would get her one when I saw one, but never ran out to get one or made calls about when shipments were coming in. They are sitting in a dark, dank box in the basement right now. Want one?
1998 – Furby. Neither kid wanted one. I was perplexed when I first saw one. Why? What for? That’s it?
2001 – Bratz Dolls. Sciencegirl had no interest, but my friend’s daughter in England did. I gladly bought her one and sent it along.
2002 – iPod. I got one for Christmas a few years ago. In other words, a lot later than 2002. In fact, I just got an email from Apple saying they have new batteries or something for them. I don’t know where mine is.
Jump up to 2008 and the Snuggie. Love the Snuggies, but they can’t be a knock-off.
2011 – Angry Birds. What are they? I don’t get it. Apparently I can play with them on my iPhone.
Love, Little Miss Sunshine