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What was the best Christmas present you ever received?

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Great topic, Tony. 

I've received many wonderful gifts throughout the years but the ones that mean the most to me are the Christmas ornaments that my kids made when they were young. 

My oldest son made a wooden reindeer out of tree branches in Cub Scouts.  He also made a nature scene in preschool with walnut halves filled with red wax to be used as a candle.  We still haven't lit it but put it out every year. 

My daughter hand-stitched a green felt pony ornament and gave him a mane and tail of white yarn.   She also made a corn-husk angel in fourth grade that is always the last ornament placed on the tree - its place of honor is at the top. 

My youngest son made a cinnamon ornament depicting our family in religious ed one year.  It has two large hearts for me and his dad and three small hearts for the three kids.  Everything is tied together with red ribbon.  He also made a thumb-print ornament at Mouse House one year. 

The kids were always so excited when they gave us these homemade gifts.  I love them all. 


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I think it's a toss-up between the Chia Pet and the Clapper.  I'll get back to you on this.

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What we all received, the present of Christmas itself.

Ok, Ok. My father was in the Merchant Marine and brought us (my brother and me) home Christmas presents from around the world. One year, coming home from West Germany he brought us a Märklin train set.

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Terry, those Marklin train sets are amazing.  We have a friend from Germany who has collected them throughout the years and it's fascinating to see them set up and running. 

Do you still have yours? 

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Unfortunately, no. I gave them to my son. I'll have to ask if he still has them. I haven't thought about them for years.

At one point, when I was 12 or so, I wanted to expand the set. You could only get them at FAO Schwartz -big bucks to say the least.

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Terry, I don't know where my friend got his.  I think he started his collection while growing up in Germany and then used to get them whenever he returned on visits.

However he obtained them, his set-up filled up an entire end of his basement.  It was hard for him to dismantle it when he had to move.  I'm not sure if he ever set it up again after the move.  I'll have to ask. 

Hope your son kept them.  It would be fun to set them up again.  Some of my friends do the old-fashioned thing and set their train sets up around the tree at Christmas. 

I was the happy recipient of my brother's train set (because I have two sons).  My parents did this with good intentions but I returned them when my brother said he wanted it.  I also had to return his cat clock with the twitching tail and the eyes that moved side to side.  Lucky for me, I have a great brother!


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Anyway, I see that they are listed on Ebay, but you need to know what you're buying. The tracks changed in the middle 60's from a center, 3 rail configuration to center pin. Also, the track connections changed slightly with the new design. Caused some problems with the engine's contact shoe when the two were mixed. But that was easily fixed with a pair of pliers forcing down the center rail so the shoe would slide up on it without getting caught.

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Christmas growing up was a lot of socks and shirts but I do remember one year in particular where my brother and I got toys -- he got a fire engine and I got a Mickey Mouse guitar and we were delighted.




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In reply to the best christmas gift, I am amazed that you can remember specific gifts.  You have me beat on remembering, I simply cannot.
However this Christmas I will have my first grandchild, a boy due in the next two weeks.  That I should believe will be the best gift.

I have a question,  what is the oldest thing that you bought for yourself that you still have and use?



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