I was listening to an older SModcast (Kevin Smith podcast) and they happened to be discussing Christmas presents as they grew up. This, in combination with talking about various Christmas gifts as we've been shopping for our daughter, nephews/nieces, etc. just got me to thinking about Christmas when I was a kid. I was wondering if anyone had any memorable Christmas gift stories to share. Was there a year when you got something like the Falcon, or the U.S.S. Flagg, or something else that was a "large present" or just a memorable present.
Another side of this topic is how Christmas has changed, at least to me, for kids these days. I never felt like I got the shaft at Christmas by any means, but I never got near the presents (amount or dollar wise) that kids these days get. It seems like my brother and I (and my friends as a kid) usually got one "big gift", and some other little stuff. The "big items" I can remember getting as a kid was something like Castle Grayskull, the GI Joe Killer WHALE, or the Jabba w/dais playset. I also remember getting what I believe were my first Star Wars figures, Obi-Wan and Chewbacca. Also, after asking for a couple years, I finally got a Nintendo - which was a huge gift at that point (and what a lot of my friends got around that time as well). These days, it seems like kids are getting something like a new gaming system ($250-$400), in addition to all the other presents. Its kind of sad to me too, we were shopping for our nephews (6 and 8 years old), and all they want this year is video games. In the past three years they've gotten Gameboys, a PS2, and this year a Wii. Maybe I was just a weird kid, but my friends and I were still asking for/playing with action figures at that age - but that's just a sign of the times I guess. Anyways, just wondering if anyone had any Christmas memories they might want to share. Its always interesting hearing when people got their AT-AT, or Falcon, or whatever else it might have been at the time.