Christmas is gone, and in years past, a crushing depression would befall me this time of year. Taking the tree down is almost too much for me to bear; I am a Christmas junkie, through and through, and I don’t like it one bit when my fix is over.
Luckily, I belong to a couple of Facebook groups who are composed of Christmas kitsch collectors, and they have assured me that it is totally okay to want Christmas all year round in some way. They’re a fun bunch.
This year I am doing something new, and I wish I could grab a time machine and go back and tell my 20-year-old self to do it, too. I assembled a “Christmas Fun Box”.
See,I LOVE looking at old Wish Book catalogs,seeing what styles of decor were the thing, and seeing what toys were hot. What were the popular foods for the main Christmas dinner or snacks? And best of all, what sort of fun novelties and toys were the stores carrying that people bought for stocking-stuffing and party favors and last-minute gifts? This is what I wanted to curate; I’m already doing it with Halloween, and I got ready for my Christmas collecting by getting a small, Christmas-decorated box…..
….and the collection rapidly outgrew it. No matter, I got a bigger box, and every time I stopped in Target, Dollar Tree and a few other stores, I would grab one or two dollar or two-dollar items that appealed to me and went with the “Christmas FUN” theme.
The end result is practically the most glorious Christmas stocking I could ask for. When I received money for Christmas,most of it went into this. It all makes me almost maniacally giddy and now I will share it with you!
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Dollar Tree had this tic tac toe game and a very feeble but still very cute pinball game.
What was that old toy like this called? Magna-Doodle? Anyway, this is a small version and it works…okay.
This tiny wind-up train comes with a small circle of plastic track.
The packaging is only half of why I loved these lip glosses. The gloss itself, especially the Cherry Kiss, is heavenly. Smells so GOOD!
If there’s some funny stationery items i’ll grab those too, like this great “Naughty List”.
Being a huge fan of the song “Last Christmas”, especially after losing George Michael LAST CHRISTMAS..well,I had to buy this comic book-style ornament.
I always enjoyed getting a craft or art kit at Christmas. This dinosaur bank perfectly echoes whose great old plaster figures I got to paint.
I even saved the holiday cups from my one outing to Starbucks to meet my pal Missy, and the cup from Newk’s where I had lunch with my buddy Beth.
I tried Mountain Dew “Holiday Brew”. It didn’t taste that different from regular Mountain Dew, but I think I’ll save the bottle anyway.
I need to get pics of the containers, but at Target they had exclusive plastic containers made by Glad, with holiday designs. Those designs included with yeti, which was ALL OVER Target this Christmas. Oh, it was wonderful. He appeared on a gift bag, too, which you see here, cut up and ready to hang on my Monster Wall. 😉
The yeti at Target also appeared as this fun foamy play-dough stuff packed into little shaped containers. Other shapes included snowmen and Santa.
I also grabbed some gift bags that had things I like..like yetis..
Seriously, I could not love these designers more…
Thank you, designers of so much dino goodness this year.
..and more dinosaurs.
Dollar Tree had all kinds of crazy stuff–Reindeer Rummy Card game and a Christmas Rubik’s cube to name a few. The little metal cones are actually tiny light up space-age Christmas Trees that have color-changing lights.
I got two of the paratrooper Santa on the left: one to keep pristine, like the one you see here, and one to become inevitably entangled in his parachute, which you don’t see here. I used to collect rubber ducks, and I was especially charmed by this elf version.
Fun dough,a Christmas trivia game, a fuzzy pen and come classics–candy cane-shaped ballpoint pens. I remember my grandparents always having some around the house at his time of year. The little notepad was part of a pack of four.
I LOVE HOLIDAY LIP GLOSS!One of these is missing because I am using it. I always get a kick out of some of the scents/flavors’ names, like “Snow Flurries”. What on earth does that smell or taste like? 🙂
A very find memory I have as a kid was going to Woolworth’s with my grandmother and getting to buy a little feathered fake bird from the floral department. I loved those things and treated them as little pets, and they had to stay at her house for me to play with when I was visiting each week. These two doves gave me an instant flashback to being six years old.
I wanted desperately to decorate and wear these, but I didn’t get a spare and I didn’t want to mess up the wonderful packaging.
Llamas are still going strong as one of the year’s top design animals. DInosaurs have really made a comeback, and sharks seem to be gaining in popularity. I have enjoyed documenting this trend as well as enjoying some of my favorite animals getting a lot of notice.
These $3 sketch pads that Target always has in the little dollar section up front hit a home run again with this design on the cover.
I also save the wrappers from candies I buy. When I was a kid, various Christmas store Santas gave out these tri-color lollipops, I but I remember them tasting so much better back then, These taste vaguely cherry and not very good. Still, if they are the same pops, that’s pretty cool. The Dum-Dums had to be bought for that “limited edition” package and flavors. Most of these are pretty good.
More special Christmas editions of regular candies. I reviewed the Bumble Lip Pop earlier on this site.
One of the BEST items I got was this Santa pen. First of all, he BOXES.
And his EYES GLOW LIKE THE SPAWN OF SATAN!!
I was a big teddy bear collector in the 1980s and although I am a lot more specific now, the teddy lover still beats strong in my heart. These darling little bobbleheads, for some reason, shot me right back to the 80s with their sparkly outfits.
Flashing light bulb necklace from Dollar Tree. It’s awesome!
Another animal I love is the skunk. One of my favorite Halloween costumes I ever wore was a homemade skunk suit Grandmother made me. So when I saw these skunky socks at Marshall’s I had to grab them. Although not exactly Christmas-themed, they were put in with the other cozy Christmas socks and gloves, plus they are certainly my kinda stocking stuffer. They were packaged so adorably I almost couldn’t bring myself to take them out, but now I am wearing them and they are so comfy!
The face is very cat-like..
…but there’s no missing that stripe!
Another animal that I have become fascinated with and finding myself learning about and seeking out is the narwhal. Its connection with mythology, often being called the “unicorn of the sea” is what originally sparked my interest in these beautiful cetaceans, and narhwa l stuff was in no shortage in the Christmas merchandise this year. One fun item I had to grab was this facial mask in the vague theme of a narwhal. I have been wanting to get on a higher level skin care regimen anyway, so I thought this would be a fun first try into masks and such.
Most of the holiday plush I picked up were, again, the dinky dollar-store kind, the kind that peep out of stockings on Christmas morning or somehow end up in the Nativity scene. 😀
I have always adored things like this. This tiny teddy bear comes in his own matchbox-style bed, complete with tiny blanket.
These two angel bears were together at Dollar Tree, and just looked like tow very mischievous bellhops.
Dollar General has a line of inexpensive little plush toys called “Winkees”. Their Christmas editions were pretty darned cute, like this moose and deer.
These extremely cute holiday ducks at Target were not to be passed over!
This may have to warrant its own post. My pal Missy made me this exquisite upgraded paper bag giftie, with like seventeen little lovely things tucked in it all over…
I also reviewed this Crystal Grow Tree earlier. It came out so well, but alas, it was so delicate it eventually fell apart.
Did I mention I love to look at old holiday flyers?
Now you know I’m really serious. I saved one of the plates from the pack I got for our use at a cookie party we had.
Also one of my new traditions I have initiated for this time of year is the buying of a really goofy, obnoxious, silly holiday mug and using it for my hot chocolate all season. While it is definitely an attention-getter, this magnificent mug is hardly what I would call goofy. Still, I was thoroughly enchanted with it, and it, like other things I got at Marshall’s wasn’t even over four dollars. I won’t be putting it away, though. It’s staying out on my desk to hold candy!
The following items do not go into the Box but were already out on display and/or use:
This precious little narwhal mug just makes me mile from ear to ear when I use it.
Lookit!! I just want to help his little whaley behind up over the edge!
Bath and Body works didn’t have quite as many amazing things this holiday that they had last year—they had a yeti—but they appeased me pretty well with these dinosaur offerings. The left one is a coin purse, and the right one is a hand sanitzer holder. and the
This small, simple stuffed version of the yeti at Target appeared in their Christmas ornaments section!