December 25, 2012

Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present?

I wasn't even going to do a holiday-themed post (after all, my "Grease" cast reunion album posting was sufficient, see that post at, but I figured, it's Christmas so why not?  If you haven't already made a pilgrimage to, be sure to do so.  There's lots of toys from the 1970s there, some you may have had and some maybe you were glad you didn't get from Santa.  Still, it's worth a visit!  By the way, if you've never visited any of the "Links I Like" found in the right margin of my blog, one particular may be worth looking at, namely the Sears Wishbooks of Christmases Past at which includes many old catalogs from Sears, as well as J.C. Penney (which looked a lot like Sears in those days), Montgomery Ward and a few others.

Last Christmas, Gael Fashingbauer Cooper who co-authored "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?" (see my post about that at also blogs every so often at wrote about a website called ( which you might want to check out.  My readers may remember that the Sony Betamax, became the defunct rival VCR format to VHS ... of course, a few years from now, readers may ask what a VCR is/was, as if the DVR didn't have an analog predecessor!  Aside from a wood-paneled living room in the BetaMaxMas site, you can actually control the TV on this site, taking a look at different TV shows and commercials from the era of Gen X's youth, such as it was.

Anyway, in keeping with my "It's A Wonderful Life" theme of visiting ghosts of Christmases past, next I'd also like to suggest a visit to Christmas future (or is it Christmas present?).  Whatever it is, I discovered this cool YouTube video which hints that it's actually a Charlie Brown Christmas Reunion of sorts, and kind of what the Peanuts gang likely looks like now.  Check it out below, or by visiting

I hope your holidays were great, and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013!

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