I’m not sure what the ‘must have’ Christmas presents for children are this year – maybe something electronic – but I’m sure that whatever they are they will not last as long as these two presents I received as a child.
On Christmas Day we had a stocking from Santa Claus, which was originally an old sock of my dad’s but was replaced, when I was 9 or 10 I think, by a fancy (well, I thought so) stocking, just over 12 inches long. Our aunt and uncle bought them for us from Woolworth’s (remember them?) and they had our names written on them in glitter on the white part – look closely and you can still see it. Apart from a couple of Christmases, this stocking has been used every year since then, and will be hung up again this year in the hope that there will a few things put in it. 🙂
After our stockings we had one main present from our parents. Just one. Not, as seems to happen nowadays, a large pile of gifts. So these presents were received on two separate Christmases – the Monopoly one year and Cluedo the next. We still use these games – things were made, and meant, to last in the ‘olden’ days. They are in excellent condition, with all the parts intact, considering the number of times they have been played with. The only thing missing is the instruction sheet for the Monopoly.
I also got Scrabble around the same time, but I think it might have been a birthday present, rather than Christmas. The box is looking a little worse for wear but the wooden tiles and letter racks are still in excellent condition.
I wonder how many of the presents children receive this year will still be in use decades later?