Monday, December 7, 2015

Tickle Me Elmo's Reign of Terror

christmas story
...Black Bart...you'll get what's acoming to you...

Christmas toys have evolved over the decades without a doubt.  In different magazines (Reminisce, for example), readers share how difficult it was for parents to manage to save enough money to buy or make one toy for Christmas.

Not the case now.  Visit Wal-Mart and discover toy heaven.  Toys-R-Us is dedicated to floor to ceiling toys. There is now a retro-toy boom, which is just fine with me.  I like Roy Rogers lunch boxes.
Rudolph cast
Fifty years old and still going strong








Husband has refused to watch Rudolph or the Island of Mis-Fits toys.  Five decades is enough, he announced.  In fact, no more animated/clay motion shows will be watched.  It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas are acceptable and enjoyed.

Our own memories provide enough entertainment.




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Do you remember Tickle Me Elmo™?  How it seemed that the little orange red monster would giggle, talk, and roll around seemingly without stopping?  We never found it appealing or amusing, but the other set of grandparents did and gave it to itty-bit.  Our just-then two year old gr-daughter did not enjoy it at all.
  In fact, it scared the daylights out of her.
Her daddy switched it on, and little girl hid around the corner, peering at it with wide eyes.  Then he turned it on again and she ran away completely.

Before we left, sweet girl had boxed up silent Elmer in its original box.  “Take it, Gawpie! Take away!”  Chuckles from the parents, we put the box down on the floor.

Kisses and hugs, and then little girl carried the box and set it on the sidewalk.  “Take away! You take away!”

Her eyes were tearing up and Daddy held her.  It’ll be fine.  She’ll get used to it. We left, no Elmo in hand.

Elmo sat hidden in a closet for a year before little girl-turned-three would let it roll around the carpet.




28 comments:

  1. Never got the appeal of Elmo either. Maybe as for a dog's chew toy lol

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    1. Works for me: the battle of Elmo and Scruffy

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  2. I never understood the Elmo craze.
    No stop motion Christmas specials? But those are the best!

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    1. No, not even those. Rudolph is celebrating the 50th anniversary since the first showing.

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  3. New Elmo out this year who responds to your child's chatter. Spooky.

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  4. We never did buy a Tickle Me Elmo and I don't remember the kids ever really wanting one either. Our 30 yo son still talks about Lego as the best toy ever and still has his original tote full of the classic toy pieces. Good thing I never gave those away!

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    1. Hmmm, I wrote a reply but it disappeared. Our children, when they were small, were happy with such simple things. Now, it is an electronic battle in the stores.

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  5. Your poor grand-daughter. No Elmo toys here. Probably just as well.
    Later this week I am off to buy lego (which has evolved considerably) for one of my great nephews though.

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    1. She is now eleven, in the pre-puberty stage. She wants her room painted black. Before she was born, I helped paint flowers, butterflies, and caterpillars on her wall. Sigh.

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  6. Cute memory. A story well told.

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    1. My gr-kids have provided us with a wealth of memories and stories. God bless them.

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  7. Aw I can see the sweet face saying no way to the 'it'toy. We were just sent a Play All Day Elmo to review. I thought I would be 'eh' about him, but i like him, he's cute. :)

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    1. Elmo must be extra special for you to approve it. Will look for the orange Elmo in a store.

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  8. I was working in the toy store when that thing came out. People went crazy over it. Luckily, no one in my family had need of one, so I didn't have to try to acquire one.

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  9. "It's a Wonderful Life" is a must at Christmas...as is "National Lampoon Christmas Vacation...Christmas without the Griswolds isn't Christmas! lol

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    1. We all have that special movie. For me It is a Wonderful life or Bishop's Wife.

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  10. Funny how things turn out. Tickle Me Elmo, designed for kids, was more popular with the parents. I remember walking through Toys-R-Us here and watching as the parents giggled and laughed as Elmo giggled and shook after they'd pushed the button. The kids didn't seem to care.

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    2. Do parents tend to buy the toys they themselves like? Why not buy the big pack of crayons and a current coloring book (Star Wars or Frozen)?

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    3. Snap! That's exactly what I bought my great nephew this year. Pack of big fat crayons and a couple of cheap colouring books. He's two and a bit, it's time he put crayon to paper.

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  11. My grandchildren loved Elmo so I paid the overpriced cost for it. It might have been played with a few times but really wasn't' as popular with them than the cheaper (and quieter) Crayola ColorWonder.

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    1. Novelty wears off, I have found. The toy is a "one trick pony" and can't hold attention.

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  12. The strange thing is that if I remember right, this is one of those toys shoppers beat each other up for. :-/

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    1. It was a "battle for" toy, along with Cabbage Patch dolls. Somethings are not worth fighting for, and this is one of them.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!