What was your childhood Christmas present wish?

More Than A Day Away By Mike Steely

The holidays are upon us and every child has a secret, or not-so-secret, wish for a Christmas present. Although traditionally the Christmas season begins right after Thanksgiving, it seems in recent years the stores have their holiday displays up long before Turkey Day.

My own wish at about 7 or 8 years old was a bicycle and I had dreamed for a new Silver Flyer or such. When Christmas came there was a bike under the tree.

Not the new one I hoped for but a small, used kid’s bike that had belonged to my stepfather’s nephew. I hid my sorrow and soon rode the bike all over the small town where we lived. Eventually, I got a larger new bike a few years later.

What did you want for Christmas as a child? The Knoxville Focus asked that question and here are some wishes that did and did not come true…

Jered Croom: New video games. Atari, Nintendo era.

Rebecca Parr: When I was a kid there was one year that I wanted a chemistry set, and another year I wanted an Olivia Newton-John album (back when she was sort of country/easy listening).

Vivian Shipe: When I was little all I wanted was to get TWO presents! My birthday is December 18th so I got that one Happy-Birthday-Merry-Christmas gift!!

Clayton Wood: I always wanted GI Joes.

Martin West II: Bicycles…

Kerrie Jones Clark: I didn’t ask for anything because I liked being surprised. Years later my mother told me it used to drive her crazy not having a list for shopping.

Carolyn Ann Green: Ice skates. Finally got a pair of white figure skates.

Kevin Slimp: A bicycle.

Velva Irwin: One Christmas the four of us Rhodes kids each got a pair of roller skates with the key. A great Christmas.

Christi Newman Nickle: An easy bake oven.

Tiffie Stalsworth: Only a doll house, that he totally delivered.

Pat Heatwole Mick: Always a doll – typewriter after I got in middle school.

Nancy Douglas Moses: I wanted a real live pony every year during the 1950s but never got one!!

Terry Livingston: One of those aluminum pedal cars which looked like a Chevy or a Ford.

Deanne Charlton: Not to move every 6, 12, 18 months for my dad’s work. I may still not have made friends, but maybe a couple along the way?

Trudy Miller Monaco: A tiny tears doll.