Ah, 2017. It was a magical time indeed. Why, it seems like it was only a year ago that it happened. Wait…it WAS just a year ago that it happened. Generally I try to keep this retro site grounded at least 25 years in the past, but I’m making an exception this time. Hey, it’s my blog, I can do whatever I want, right? I’m glad you agree.
I’m going back in time to just one year ago for a very good reason though. In the last 12 months, this blog has seen a healthy growth spurt in new visitors. So I imagine there are quite a lot of folks visiting the blog these days that weren’t coming around these parts last Christmas. I put out a lot of Christmas goodies and nostalgic memories last year, and I would hate for the newer Ramblers to be deprived of all the joys that the Christmas season of 2017 brought to the rest of us.
So I thought I would go back and revisit all of those crazy good times, pull it all back front and center, and make it easy for everyone to go back to the Christmas’ of their childhood. So what you’ll find below is a rundown and recap of everything I put up on the blog last Christmas. If you’re new around here, get yourself a cup of warm apple cider or cold egg nog, put on your robe and slippers, and settle into your favorite chair by the fire and let these features take you back to the glory days of childhood…Christmas! Specifically Christmas’ of the 80’s and early 90’s. I hope you find several things you enjoy. Just click on any title to be taken to that piece.
What do you get for the young at heart? The man or woman on your list who loves to live in the past is sure to be happy with anything you gave them from these fine retro selections. I curated the list myself, and there is plenty of variety, whether it’s stuff to bring memories back, old school tunes, toys of yesteryear, and even some movie selections. Since this list is a year old now, a few of the items may no longer be available. Disclaimer: All of these items are links to Amazon products that I would receive a small percentage of if you should buy them.
This is a selection of takes on various things that I’ve always associated with the Christmas season since I was young. I was fortunate to enjoy many wonderful Christmases, and there are even some of my personal old Christmas photos included. Maybe you enjoyed a lot of the same things through the years?
Man did this thing really bring back the memories! I sat down and went through the old Wish Book finding things I wanted to add to my wish list just like I did every year back then. And the selections I made weren’t just through the eyes of a child. Heck no, this list was made by adult me with things I would still love to find under my tree these days!
This is probably the most personal thing I’ve written for the site. It’s a story of the magical Christmas of 1986, and the years preceding it as well. This thing will tug at your heart, and make you believe in the full magic of Christmas. Hell, it should probably be made into a movie someday. I better get started trying to figure out who to cast as a young Retro Rambler.
Following on the heels of The Year Santa Became Real, I look back in depth at the presents I got that year. If you love tales of G.I. Joe, Construx, Masters of the Universe, and other such legendary toys, then this one is certainly for you.
I didn’t spend all my time focusing on my own Christmas magic, I even went so far as to take a peak into the Christmas mornings of other kids from back in the day. With the help of Google, I found all kinds of pictures taken by various families in various parts of the country on Christmas mornings of the 80’s to see what all those kids found under their trees. Some of them really hit the jackpot!
To me, one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole season every year is the endless supply of Christmas movies, specials, and TV episodes. As much as I remember all the cool offerings on the tube each year, I can also clearly remember several commercials that I saw year after year in the middle of them. I take a little dive down the rabbit hole with some of those commercials.
Sears didn’t always corner the market on gift catalogs through the years. Here, I pulled out this old Woolworth’s book from the mid-50’s and scanned the whole thing in so everyone could see what was being offered to parents to buy for the little ones back then.
After going through the Woolworth’s book, I got a big old hankering to see what else was popular long before I was born. As it turns out, a lot of the toys I played with in the 80’s got their starts over 40 years earlier. This thing was an eye opener, and you really owe it to yourself to check out what the “Tickle Me Elmo” was for each year of the 40’s.
After I wrapped up the 1940’s edition, I continued on into the 1950’s, and once again, I was quite surprise to see so many toys I recognized.
Learning about all those toys from the 40’s and 50’s got me nostalgic for a time I can only fantasize about. You know how Ralphie and his family go out to see the window toy displays at the beginning of A Christmas Story? This little ditty right here explains and expounds on that magical era.
One of the most popular things I put together all of last year was this recipe book. It was actually an insert in a 1967 issue of McCall’s Magazine that took out and scanned, and put some personal thoughts with. If you are excited to learn what you can do with Bugles with make an impression this Christmas season, give this a look.
I know what you’re thinking….that sounds disgusting. Actually it’s not, and it’s the perfect compliment to many of the recipes found in the feature above.
A collection of Christmas themed ads for some of the all-time iconic products from through the years.
Every so often, I share a whole big old list of links to other great retro content around the web. Well, I put together this mammoth Christmas edition special. Once you’ve finished reading all of these things of mine I’ve listed for you, then check out this list and you’ll find many more hours of retro Christmas goodness to enjoy. It’s a whole holiday season’s worth of reading all wrapped up in one neat little feature.
Well, that was the best of what I put out last Christmas season. I hope you enjoy all of if. Keep your eyes glued right here to Retro Ramblings for some more awesome (hopefully) stuff this Christmas season.