Favorite Christmas Toys

When I was growing up, there were certain Christmas gifts I received that I still remember to this day.  They were toys with which I had many, many, many hours of enjoyable play.


One of the earliest I can remember was my Mrs. Beasley doll.  In fact, I don’t remember getting her, just playing with her.  She was great in that she could wear real baby clothes and Mom let me have some of my old clothes to dress her in.  I wish I still had her, but, as with all of my toys, she was destroyed when our farmhouse burned when I was 13.


Another was my Easy Bake Oven, which was the model in this picture.  I loved that thing and made lots and lots of brownies in it.  I have the feeling my Mom regretted getting this for me for Christmas because she ate a lot of those little things.


I had this same dollhouse, too, and, again, I played for hours with it.  I remember unwrapping this and going nuts over all of the furniture.


Now, I didn’t have the entire set, by a long shot, but I did get the covered wagon and the buckboard wagon and horse one Christmas.  I used my Barbie and Ken dolls with it.  In fact, my Barbie and Ken rarely wore the clothes of the day, but mostly pioneer clothing hand-made by my maternal grandmother.  I must have had hundreds of outfits for them, but the pioneer ones are the ones used the most.


When they were in the current time-stream, I played with this quite a bit.  Most of the campers you see from this time period were yellow and orange, but mine was turquoise like this one.  I loved all the wee dishes and accessories that came with it.  I clearly remember unwrapping it on a Christmas morning.


Remember these little dollies?  I never had the perfume containers they came in, but I would collect the little dolls from wherever I could find them – mostly garage sales or in boxes of toys from auctions.  Some I think were given to me.  I used to make the tiniest clothes for them.  I think they are the real reason my hand stitches are so tiny today.  They weren’t Christmas presents, but I did love playing with them.

What were some of your favorite Christmas tyos?

6 Responses

  1. Cheryl Says:

    I had a Mrs. Beasley doll too! 🙂 And, I had a metal dollhouse very similar to that one. Great memories. 🙂

  2. Cindy in FL Says:

    I’m just enough older to have missed most of these but I did have a doll house like that one! I loved my Barbie and Tickle Bee!

  3. Scott Story Says:

    This is so sweet! Nothing replaces these kind of memories.

  4. Leigh Says:

    Mrs. Beasley! I’d forgotten all about that. And that dollhouse would have been to die for. I remember I had a horse collection I loved. And of course Barbie and Ken.

  5. Sandy O' Says:

    Great memories! My mom handmade my Barbie doll clothes! Most of my Christmas gifts were Donna Parker and Trixie Belden Mystery books that I begged for each year! BTW, how did you get snow falling on your website???????

  6. Shelley B Says:

    You had some great toys! I had a Barbie house (not the Dreamhouse, mine was a suburban ranch), a Barbie Jet Airliner, and I swiped my brother’s Big Jim camper for Barbie and her friends.

    Loved that perfume doll, too…

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