Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner, and if you are like me, you had better get going on your shopping. Every year I tell myself I would like to get an early start to alleviate stress and the frustration of finding empty shelves where that special gift once was.
Shockingly I have made a few purchases, all for Isabella, but she is my only grandchild so she is scoring big this year.
Many children have made out their Christmas lists and checked it twice in hope that Santa will bring their most desired presents under the tree. With so many fun toys on the shelves it has become so overwhelming and difficult to know what to buy.
When I was a kid, Mr. Potato Head was the “hot” gift, all my friends had one, so I did too. Because of the popularity of the “Toy Story” movies you can find a new upgraded version on the store shelves today.
There was a Pet Rock craze for about six months during the 1970’s. What’s so funny about this is that it was created over one too many drinks among friends.
“Let’s put a rock in a box and sell it as a pet.” That Christmas season over 5 million Pet Rocks were sold. Yeah, I bought one.
I need to start writing down my great ideas when I’m out with the girls. I could have been rich by now.
In 1975 Pong was our version of Wii. I logged many hours in the arcade playing this game and I believe Pong really got the ball rolling for video games.
Game Boy came into the picture in the 1990’s and Playstation 3 followed as a “must have” several years ago. I remember reading about a customer waiting in a massive line to purchase a PS3 who treated the people ahead of him in line to coffee spiked with laxatives when he found out there wasn’t enough PS3’s to go around.
So what are the hot buys this year you ask? Well you have come to the right place because I have all the answers, I have scoured the toy aisles for the perfect gifts.
Have you seen the “Air Swimmer?” Kids (or adults) can pretend they have a home aquarium with these 4-foot-long remote-controlled metallic fish that swim through the air. What’s more fun then a huge inflatable remote controlled shark flying around your living room without breaking a thing? I’m sure I’m buying one of these for someone in my family.
LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon. Nothing more to be said about this very popular hot off the shelves (and I have one)gift for a special nephew.
Because of my connections to Santa Clause I have been instructed to let him know about a certain 4-year-old who has been a very good girl and her desire to have a Barbie Pink 3-story Dream Townhouse. This house, not to be confused with prior Dream houses, comes with a functional Jacuzzi, outdoor patio with a flat screen TV, Tiki torches and a working elevator. Now, where to put this huge house is going to be a challenge.
Our lights and tree are up waiting for Santa, Christmas music can be heard throughout my home and if you stop by you will be greeted by some freshly baked-cookies and a piping hot mug of coffee with a wee bit of Irish whiskey.
It warms the heart as I’ve been told by my Irish grandma.
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas or “Nollaig Shona Duit” as my Irish grandma would say in her native language.