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Kristmas wishes from K-Tel

As a child, our Christmas wishes were heavily influenced by the Sears Wish book,  K-Tel commercials and the shared dreams of our friends.

Who could forget K-Tel Super Slider Snow Skates?  I couldn’t.  I wished and hoped and prayed for these and my cousin and I both got them one year. Oh the fun we had: skating down a snow covered road, slip sliding behind a snowmobile with a tow rope (probably not the best idea but, boy it was fun) and trying to ski downhill. That always ended dramatically in a thicket of thorns.

Slide! Skate! Ski! with these!

When we went to town, it was a right of passage to be “big” enough to wander the toy section of the local farm implement store by ourselves.  We’d linger over board games like “Battleship” and “Masterpiece” and stare lovingly at wood carving kits, model cars and “Easy Bake Ovens.”  We’d admire the “Lite Brite” display, new sleds, race car sets and secretly hope that a sun-tanned “Malibu Barbie” might grace our stocking that year.

There’s one gift I longed for but never got and, looking back, Santa did the right thing not bringing it to me. My style would have been forever altered.

Be the envy of your friends with this:

What Christmas gift did you wish for most?

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  1. Oh my, good ol’ Easy Bake! All those bring back memories…When I was young I wished every year for my very own saddle.

    • I can’t remember which one of us got it, but someone got the Easy Bake Oven. And I remember feeling a bit ripped off at the size of the “baked goods!” We had fun with it though.

      did you ever get your saddle? 🙂 MJ

      • Yes, I finally did…in my mid-twenties! It was just so easy to use my mom’s or dad’s all those years. Oh yah, “ripped off”…hahaaha, I thought the same and I think my sister is the one in our family that got the Easy Bake….Fitting too because she was and is the better cook anyway!

      • Awesome on the saddle 🙂

        On the EBO, I think we were quite shocked to realize what was included couldn’t possibly match what came out of our mother’s kitchen. Dreams dashed forever!! MJ

  2. Down here that Be-dazzler would sweeten a girl’s dreams of becoming Rodeo Queen.

    • Oh, most definitely. I had visions of all kinds of sparkly glamour coming my way but * sigh * it was not to be. Good thing, wow it’s gaudy!!
      MJ

  3. I miss the K-Tel commercials.
    That Be-dazzler resurfaces every year. Though never really in fashion – it doesn’t seem to go out of fashion, either.

  4. Guess Super Slider Snow Skates didn’t get much air time here in the South!! But I did have an Easy Bake Oven, and can still remember the taste of that chocolate cake!

    • yeah I’m sure it didn’t get advertised in warmer climates! And that clip shows them being sold at “Zellers” – that was a popular Canadian chain store that we used to shop at.

      I remember the EBO cakes — and how small they were (and how long it took to cook!!) 🙂 MJ

  5. Every year from about 5 on I wished to NOT get something. A doll. I hated dolls, and I kept getting them, much to my chagrin. Finally, when I was 8, I found not a single doll under the tree. Until we went to my grandparents house – and there she was, a TAMMY doll with a whole lot of clothes. Uhhhgh.

    • Now that is funny~! Ever get a scary doll? My cousin got one that made faces … when the “Chucky” movie came out, I always flashed back to her “Saucy” doll = creepy!!
      MJ

  6. Oh, K-Tel and Ronco had the things we all wanted! I remember the Be-Dazzler but never got one either!

  7. Battleship was one of my favorites, as was Operation and Easy Bake Oven. What a fun piece, returning us to childhood and the games of youth.

    • We played Battleship for hours on end and often left it set up as we ran out the door to the school bus; thanks Renee.

      Revisiting the fun memories of Christmases past has left me quite nostalgic. Cheers! MJ

  8. Ah, K-Tel…somehow, I missed those skates! I still love board games!

    Wendy

    • They were probably my most treasured Christmas gift; I wonder where they went? MJ

      And I still love board games. Do you play Crokinole?? MJ

      • We had a board when I was a kid (we called it “carroms”)…haven’t seen that for years (my brother probably has it!).

        Wendy

      • Yep – same thing 🙂 My mom shipped us ours a few years back; great game!!
        I always return to work with a sore finger from playing Crokinole the entire Christmas vacation 🙂 MJ

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