80s Christmas

Hits From Past Christmases

Here at the first of December, I figured would be a good time to highlight some Christmas memories of mine that I’ve posted in the past for you to enjoy again, or enjoy for the first time if you’re new to Retro Ramblings or me in general. I’ve covered some varied topics associated with the holiday, and I present them to you now for you to take your time digesting over the next month. Or binge-read them all. Either way is fine with me.

I’ll start off by highlighting the post I did last week highlighting Christmas Movies, Specials, and More You Can Stream For Free. I stuck with only Tubi and YouTube since anyone can enjoy their selections for free.

Several years ago, Matt over at Dinosaur Dracula created the idea of making a virtual Christmas tree. I finally tried my hand at it and was pretty happy with how it turned out. I highly suggest others try their hand at it too, and the details of how to get started are within the post, so go check out My Virtual Christmas Tree.

I devoted a little space to talking about one of my family’s traditions years ago, and that was Mom putting out her “fancy” Christmas glasses. Now while I enjoyed them, they certainly weren’t fancy as they were the old Christmas Glasses From Arby’s.

If You happen to have some of those old glasses, maybe you need something to put in them for the holiday. You should check out the recipes for my Famous Green Christmas Punch and Clark Griswald’s Egg Nog.

You know I love old trading cards, and I do the Wax Pack Flashback series for The Retro Network on the TRNTV YouTube channel. Last year I opened a pack of Santa Around the World cards from 1993, and if you want to live vicariously through me opening a pack of old cards, go check them out.

I’ve never made any bones about the fact that Mickey’s Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas special of all time, so I took a look at the TV guide advertisement for its debut and share my thoughts on the special in general.

I also looked back at Two Great Christmas Specials From 1987.

Animated Specials aren’t the only Christmas-related TV stuff I’m nostalgic for, so I run down five of my favorite Christmas Commercials from the Past.

Last year I ranked all of the varieties of Christmas-themed Hersey Kisses, Since all of those same varieties are available again this year, the list is still up-to-date, so check it out and you’ll know which ones are worth spending your money on and which ones aren’t.

One of the scans that I added to the collection was the 1954 Woolworth’s Christmas Catalog for the purpose of looking at what the toys of the day were then. It’s filled with every kind of toy you can imagine from back then and is a really neat time capsule.

It’s no secret that I love old catalogs…especially old Sears Christmas Wish Books. In this post, I take a look at Highlights From the 1988 Wishbook. It was full of glorious toys from the era, and I pick out some of my favorites.

One of my favorite things I’ve ever written is my look back at The Year Santa Became Real For Me. That year was the first great Christmas I had, and I relay all the details of what made it so special.

In addition to that, I went a little further and did a full Review of My Christmas Toys From 1986.

And a little gem I did for The Retro Network, I relay the real history behind Seinfeld’s fake holiday, Festivus.

So there are some highlights of Christmases Past here on Retro Ramblings. I hope they help get you even more in the Christmas spirit.

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