During the Christmas season wish lists become most popular. Our wish list changes with age but we will more than likely always have a list. We may not write it down and mail it to Santa as we did as a child but the list is there -- in our minds.
Growing up the lists changed from dolls for little girls and toy trucks for little boys to radios and cowboy boots for the teens. When I grew up, it was unheard of for a household to have more than one television, no one had ever heard of a VCR, and cell phones were in the future.
Then came the Princess phones for girls who lived in houses with two lines. Remember, these phones were not private, they were extensions of the family phones and they were wired into the wall. Kids started getting televisions for their bedrooms.
The presents I remember as a child include cap pistols with fancy holsters for little boys and beebe guns for the older boys, baby dolls for the little girls and Barbie dolls for the older ones. The first Barbie was on the market in 1959 and was an instant hit. She has been around a long time.
We always received four or five gifts, but our lists were endless. We would wear out the Sears Christmas catalog wanting every toy on every page.
At the age of 12 or 13, I remember getting a transistor radio in a little brown leather case that fit in my hand. It was equipped with ear plugs so I could listen to music at night in my bed until I ran the batteries down. I thought it was the best gift I had ever received. Another great gift I remember from this era was a pair of white go-go boots. I thought I was in style.
As I said our list changes with age. As we get older we start getting gloves, bathrobes, house shoes, and useful items.
When we start having children our wish lists change again. We don't care if we get anything, as long as we can give them a few special things on their list.
I remember the wagons, peddle cars, the battery operated cars, doll houses, kitchen sets, board games and more. It was so much fun watching them open their gifts on Christmas Eve and seeing their faces on Christmas mornings.
Technology in the home started when my children were young teenagers and we purchased an Atari one Christmas. We all played Pac Man until we had blisters on our fingers. We had family tournaments. I was not very good at the game, so my turn would not last long.
I have to admit I have not kept up with the newest trends. I am at a loss with today's gadgets.
Some things on the list never change. I was excited to see rain boots on one of my granddaughter's list. I know about rain boots. She had the size listed and just like that I went out, found them, had a pair purchased and marked off my list without any help from anyone.
Again, as baby boomers become grandparents and great-grandparents, our list changes more now than ever. Our want list now includes living long enough to watch our grandchildren grow into adults and meeting our great-grandchildren and watching them learn to walk, start to school and getting to spoil them. We hope we live long enough for them to have fond memories of us after we are gone.
I feel very privileged to have had my grandparents until I was a mother and grandmother myself. My children got to know their grandparents and great-grandparents well.
Our today's list would include hoping our grandchildren can have as good a life as we have had and the economy will not take away their hopes and dreams for the future. We wish for jobs for them as they grow into adulthood. We want them to be able to make a living doing something they enjoy.
Hopefully our lists will become less selfish each year. Most of us have everything we need and anything we receive would be listed under the "want" category. We need to be careful and not get our needs mixed up with our wants. There is a difference.