Monday, February 10, 2020

No tickling, Elmo

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Christmas toys have evolved over the decades.


  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 was 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.

Husband has refused to watch Rudolph or the Island of Mis-Fit 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. Until...



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, she 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.

Commonsense, where art thou?

This is a re-post from 2015, when our gr-daughter was about 11 yrs. at that time. Her battle with Elmo when she was just that: itty-bitty. 

Now, she is 15.5 years old. Earrings are perfect.


47 comments:

  1. I never saw the Tickle Me Elmo dolls or the videos and probably wouldn't want one either. I also get Reminisce and the old dolls are creepy to me. I've never been a doll person, so I wouldn't have wanted an Elmo, either. Really enjoyed this, though. It does remind me that I was lucky when I got two gifts that weren't books. My grandparents (who raised me) always gave me books. Those were probably my favorite gifts, anyway.

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    1. When our oldest daughter was 8, Cabbage Patch dolls were THE toy. She didn't get one. Now she looks at them and says What Was I Thinking.

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  2. Ear rings are almost always perfect for our young nieces.
    R

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  3. Very interesting post. I am sure that somewhere out there, there’s exists a good history of toys. Times have really changed.

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    1. We took our gr-daughters to see the Ronald McDonald toy museum last spring. Junky place, it had cases and shelves to the ceiling of examples every Happy Meal toy ever given across the world. It was creepy. You are absolutely correct. Thee are catalogs, conventions, and FB sites about toys.

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    2. In 2012 I went to see my new gr-son in Switzerland. My daughter arranged for me to stay in a flat nearby. This owner collected dolls, lots and lots of dolls. First few nights it was darn creepy being surrounded by these dolls staring at me. I will never forget that.

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  4. Books were my favourite gifts, then and now.
    I didn't see Elmo (though the name is familiar).
    On the claymation front I adore Wallace and Grommit.

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    1. Wallace and Grommit! Love those! Also, Chicken Run and The Attack of the WereRabbit movies were so good.
      Sir Nick Park is the brilliant creator.

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  5. My step-grandpa used to give the best presents to our kids. In THEIR opinion. With the older boys, it was police cars with sirens. With the younger two, it was a Macarena bear. Sheesh! The batteries on that thing seemed to last forever! So did the fire engine with lights and sounds.

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    1. Oh, I remember those days, not that we rec'd any of those type toys. Dad would have thrown them out in the snow.

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  6. Funny how some seemingly very tame things scare children to death, while other things we adults find horrifying they aren't bothered by at all! When I was a kid I used to read all sorts of gruesome things and never thought of them as gruesome.

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  7. I remember the Tickle Me Elmos in the stores. There was always a display model and every kids who walked past it had to set it to laughing and shaking. Some of the adults too. It was hugely popular, but I wonder how many of them actually got sold.

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    1. Having a store of Elmos laughing and shaking, not in sync, was horrible.

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  8. I had the original version of the Elmo. I recall a shortage of them.

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  9. Yeah, Elmo sure got around and around and around

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    1. When I finally saw it in action, I thot it would never stop.

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  10. What a sensation that toy was -- people were fighting over it in the stores to get one!

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    1. Oh boy howdy! They did. Cabbage Patch kids was worse.

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  11. That was a craze I never understood. I wondered if he scared any kids.

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  12. I bought a few Elmos over the years for different g-children and they seemed to love them. The message of Elmo was good, but with all the talking and noisy toys over the years, I preferred the silent ones.

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  13. We always thought Elmo was too obnoxious. They sure don't make toys like they used to.

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    1. Now Sesame Street has calmed things down, become more PC. Elmo is a happy little thing.

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  14. I remember the Elmo craze but never saw him in action. I can imagine he was novel at first but got old really quickly especially with the parents. Interesting to see that even a child thought him creepy.

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    1. Elmo became boring after a while, batteries wore out. Yay!

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  15. Ahhhh, strange how life and toys evolve. For me and our boys it was RR six shooters and stick horses. My Sherry wanted a girl but life dealt her two boys. I do not remember tickle me Elmo but I do remember Elmo. Our boys did love the colored animated characters in the Sat. morn cartoons for sure.
    Love from an overcast NC 64 outside, wow. Maybe Mr. groundhog was right.
    Sherry & jack

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    1. My brothers often got six shooters. Little brother loved Paladin Have Gun Will Travel, Santa gave him a complete set of hat, moustache, gun, etc. Still can see him sitting in front of the TV all set to shoot bad guys.

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  16. Poor little girl. Yup, earrings purrfect at fifteen:)

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    1. She remembers that episode. Precious young lady.

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  17. Because I was a little girl Santa brought me a new doll every year. I never played with them because I had real babies to play with. By the time I had nine dolls I gave them to my younger sister. I did keep one for some reason. They all perished in a house fire. I would have preferred a baseball glove.

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    1. I always wanted a chemistry set which my brother got. I got a doll. sigh.

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  18. Just because it is The toy for the year doesn't mean every kiddo wants one. I learned that from my days at the evil toy store (now defunct).

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  19. Oh wow I DO remember Tickle-me-elmo! There's a blast from the past. And I had to laugh at your comment about your husband- I might be the same way. I love White Christmas by the way- one of my favorites- but yeah some of those old animated cartoons I've seen sooo many times lol. I might be kind of done with some of those too. :)

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    1. White Christmas is a must, It's a wonderful life, too.

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  20. I miss when Christmas toys were something to dream about. They just don't translate to old age the same, do they?

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    1. No, those days are over. I remember Sears Catalog and all its dreams.

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  21. Oh, wow! I’d heard of this Elmo toy, but never saw it in action. It would scare me! We still enjoy many of the Christmas movies. Always determine to watch many of them and end up with about two!

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    1. This is the first Christmas where we limited our movie selection, too. Avoid Elmo.

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  22. Oh, how I love my dolls when I was little girl. They were my pride and joy. And what a wardrobe of clothes they had...more than I did, I think! lol

    I still love the movie "A Wonderful Life"...

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  23. I've heard of Elmo but never really seen one. My Granddaughter had a dancing Lama this year for Christmas that shakes its booty. The toys wording, not mine! How things have changed.

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  24. Aww my daughter had a doll that would cry when you took the pacifier away and she hated it. We put it away for a year and she liked it later on.

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  25. We missed out on Elmo, thank heaven, but not Pokemon cards. Alas.

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  26. I played the video and my son who couldn't see it but could hear it said, 'Mom, that's disturbing.' I guess he doesn't like Tickle Me Elmo either, lolol. I can't stop the claymations...I love them so. :) You are correct about the number of toys evolving though; and I am guilty of giving too many to the kids in our family. I get them free from the blog and often end up with a lot. I donate a lot too. :)

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