One of my favorite feelings of Christmas Time is remembering the past.. when we were all very small and innocent and 'truly Believed' ...all the magic of the world lived within our hearts ... With every twinkly light we saw...we made secret wishes...and believed they would come true...because someone Magical 'heard' our wishes...what a time it was. That is why this time of the year I can be found 95% of the time on 'Reminiscing Road' ...walking joyfully through the past with a Very Large Smile plastered on my face....such a warm good feeling... the only Christmas gift I want actually. Richard and I almost daily over coffee share our childhood memories ...we laugh, we cry ...we remember those who fed the magic in our souls and taught us to always keep believing ...
Believe it or not one of my favorite possessions is the above Toy catalog...it is an old tattered and torn small booklet filled cover to cover with the stuff dreams were made of when we were kids.
Does anyone remember these? I have had this one for about 30 years...and although not from the store where my Mom shopped when I was a kid.... it is very much like it. You would get one of these little jewels about 2-3 months before Christmas ...a Kids very own Toy Extravaganza Catalog... You would carefully digest each and every page day after day... until if ever quizzed on the spot...you could recite the exact content of any page when the number was called out. We could imagine ourselves playing with each and every toy... I can still feel myself slipping into the pages ...ahhhh kid day dreams! After digesting and carefully choosing your favorites ...you would list them (in order of importance) on the provided list... next to be handed to Mom and Dad ... The 'Known' direct link to Santa....
Then you waited each day wondering if Santa got your list...as a back up measure you visited him in the Store that handed out the Catalog ..poor guy was probably bombarded with inquiries about page items and special requests... I am sure the D.S. Santa grew to hate that catalog towards the end of the season.
These little 'Kid Shopping Gems' were such a fun and treasured Memory...and I must admit, I STILL enjoy scouring each page.
Just wanted to share with those that remember ... and with those that still dream.
P.S. Make sure you click on the pages to make larger...so you can read and enjoy the great Toy Experience.
My name is Jodi Creager…my husband Richard and I have been full time Professional Doll Makers for 34+ of our 37+ years together. I came from a family of musicians, actors, scenic artists, writers, lighting directors and a real ‘ Pirate’ thrown in for good measure!!
I was named Jodi by Louie Armstrong, my family traveled a lot with my Dad’s Music, I have had a vivid and active imagination since early childhood , laced with Imaginary Friends, Fairies in the garden, giants that hid behind mountains and Real Ghosts that resided in my home.
I have been in love with ‘Art’ since I first found out what it was. I painted portraits, sculpted in clay, created in cloth and designed my own jewelry. But it was the Doll that captured my heart and stayed with me.
My life has been an interesting Feast so far…peppered with good friendships , seasoned with delightful journeys and marinated in a lifetime of memories … I am always excited to see what banquet lays waiting just around the next bend in the road…