Flashback Friday: Christmas in 1986


Hi everyone and Happy National Ugly Sweater Day! Ha ha ha! It’s too bad I lost my ugly  Christmas sweater but maybe it’ll pop up somewhere! Today I’m taking you back to a Christmas post I did last year called Christmas in 1986. I would say it was one of my favorite Christmases. What were you doing in 1986? When was your favorite Christmas and why? Have a great weekend, everyone and I’ll be back soon! 


Happy Thursday everyone! I hope your day was great! Today I reminisced about Christmas in 1986. What were you doing in 1986? Do you remember your favorite Christmas? I was five years old in 1986. There’s days like today when I miss being a kid. My family always told me not to be in such a hurry to grow up. Of course they were right about this. I didn’t have to worry about paying bills or other adult responsibilities. My parents gave me chores but it wasn’t a lot compared to being a parent and working a full-time job! Going back to 1986…

It was always great whenever Santa brought you all of the toys you asked for. I remember sitting on his lap at Bassett Center Mall and writing letters to him. It was always a nice surprise whenever he’d respond to your letter! I also remember my parents taking me to see the huge Christmas tree, Nativity Scene and lights at the San Jacinto Plaza downtown. Driving around the East Ridge Neighborhood was also a big deal when I was growing up. The neighborhood still decorates their homes with lots of Christmas lights and displays. My favorite house is the one that includes huge Mickey Mouse and Snoopy displays made out of wood. There’s also a house that decorates their house with Dallas Cowboys colors and decorations.

Some of my favorite toys when I was growing up in 1986 were: Teddy Ruxpin, Cabbage Patch Kids, Barbies and Etch-a-Sketch. I received all these toys and so much more in 1986. I never got tired of playing with Teddy Ruxpin. I always enjoyed playing his stories on a cassette player in his back. I wanted to collect all of his book sets. I was ecstatic when my parents bought me Teddy Ruxpin’s friend, Grubby. The duo came with a cable to connect them. They would tell you their stories together with this cable. Hopefully my parents still have Teddy and Grubby at their house. I’ll never forget Christmas in ’86! What were some of your favorite childhood toys?

I may or may not have a post for you all on Friday. Please join me for the Saturday Evening Interview. It’s going to be a good one!

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  1. How lovely, Lisa. We always had the ‘real’ Santa at one particular department store in Glasgow. He arrived in a parade with fairies, so that’s why we knew he was the real one. The store created a darkened grotto with a different theme every year and that was magical. One year I really wanted a model doll – similar to Barbie but way more expensive wearing a mink coat. My mum had to gently let me down – it probably cost more than her weekly wages.

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  2. I was 35 in 1986 and I don’t even remember that year unless it was the year I threw up my Xmas Eve Dinner which consisted of a shit load of bacon and tomato soup.

    My favorite Christmas was the year I got an autographed copy of Winnie ther Pooh, signed by both the author and the illustrator BUT THAT WAS WAY before 1986.

    Merry Merry whatever you celebrate and however you celebrate and Bah Humbug to you all! ~~dru~~

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  3. Hi Kat! It’s good to see you here! Yes, it’s sometimes great to reminisce. My son just turned 11 on Tuesday. I guess it’s still possible for me to have one more! Lol. Hope all is well for you in Arizona!


  4. Hummm 1986, I was enjoying my son’s second Christmas…..he was born in April of 1985…my little girl was turning 11….I was on my second marriage and wondering what the hell I was doing with him…LOL because of my children, it was a very good year….always fun to turn the clock back….Happy holidays my El Paso girlfriend!!!!

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