Mind flex: Yuletide time machine
Join us as we travel back in time to the holiday seasons of yesteryear. We’ll explore what holiday-themed items were the most popular of each decade.
Fun fact: Aluminum Christmas trees made their debut in 1955.
“Frosty the Snowman” by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys
“Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
“Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms
Mr. Potato Head
“A Christmas Carol”
Fun fact: Animated Christmas movies started with “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” airing on December 18, 1962.
“Do you hear what I hear?” by Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” album by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
Etch A Sketch
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”
Fun fact: Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments sprang on the holiday scene in 1973.
“Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano
“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
“Step into Christmas” by Elton John
Speak & Spell
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town”
“The Year Without a Santa Claus”
Fun fact: While ugly Christmas sweaters weren’t new, they became mainstream in the 1980s due to the character of Clark Griswold.
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid
“Last Christmas” by Wham!
“Christmas in Hollis” by Run-D.M.C.
Cabbage Patch Kids
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
“A Christmas Story”
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
Fun fact: The 24-hour “A Christmas Story” marathon started on Christmas Eve 1997 on TNT.
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
“Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Tickle Me Elmo
“The Muppet Christmas Carol”
“The Santa Clause”
Fun fact: The Elf on the Shelf began reporting children’s behavior to Santa in 2005.
“Where are you Christmas?” by Faith Hill
“Believe” by Josh Groban
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
“The Polar Express”
Fun fact: The residents of Bogotá, Colombia, set a record in 2014 by building the largest number of snowmen ever constructed in one place. With the absence of snow, over 11,000 snowmen were made from Styrofoam.
“Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber
“That’s Christmas To Me” by Pentatonix
L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls
“The Christmas Chronicles”
Fun fact: Primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families started celebrating Christmas virtually, including family members from all over the globe in one “virtual” place.
“Merry Christmas” by Ed Sheeran and Elton John
LEGO Super Mario Adventures
Barbie Color Reveal
“A Christmas Story Christmas”