Giveaway: Putumayo’s Family Christmas CD

Image of the A Family Christmas CD.

A copy of Putumayo’s awesome A Family Christmas CD is up for grabs for three lucky winners. [Read my review. Caution: audio will play.]

To enter, use the comment form to post a comment on this article telling us:

1) The name of your favorite, or most hated, Christmas gift you received in your childhood.

2) A link to a webpage containing a photo of this vintage toy, OR describe the toy for us enough that we can make a mental picture.

3) Include your valid e-mail address in the “Email:” field of the form.

This contest is open to residents of the US and Canada (you need a North American shipping address).

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, November 24. Three winners will be selected at random and notified via e-mail. You’ll have 48 hours to respond or the prize might be awarded to someone else.

Example entries:

1) My favorite toy was a green stretch monster.


2) The toy I hated most was a tyrannosaurus rex my mother gave me. Its body was a solid molded piece, essentially a plastic rock with a slightly movable jaw. I didn’t understand how you could play with such a thing, then my mother told me it was a shampoo bottle. I cried my eyes out and ran to my room. [True story]

Got the idea?


33 Responses to “Giveaway: Putumayo’s Family Christmas CD”

  1. AJsMomma says:

    Best gift ever – My Buddy and Kid Sister! I remember playing with them for years. I wonder whatever happened to those two??

    (I had the two in the front row of the picture).


    November 17th, 2009 at 6:26 am

  2. Jeremy says:

    Best Christmas present ever? Not sure I can pick one, but I’d probably have to go with any of the Lego sets I received for Christmas!

    November 17th, 2009 at 6:35 am

  3. cate says:

    worst gift ever — a “lite brite” toy — when i was 15?!! maybe if i’d been 10 years younger it would have been the best gift ever.

    November 17th, 2009 at 7:33 am

  4. P.A. says:

    My favorite toy that I remember was the old green machine. I found it online new, though the new one looks a bit different and they have added the word Xtreme, of course.

    November 17th, 2009 at 7:59 am

  5. Anjuli says:

    When was 3 or 4 I received a little kitchen. It had a telephone, spice rack, oven, stove, sink, and a collapsible table. I would put my shoes in the oven and then forget they were in there. I remember always looking for lost shoes. My parents have kept it all these years and are bringing it down with them when they come for Christmas this year. I’m excited for my little boy to play with it.

    November 17th, 2009 at 8:36 am

  6. Judy B says:

    My favorite toy I ever received was an assembled bicycle from my brother…my brother who would endlessly tease and make fun of me!

    It was a pink Huffy, with a banana seat, but no streamers off the handle bars. I learned to ride on it with training wheels, and even got to ride it down the hall of the house on Christmas day.

    November 17th, 2009 at 8:53 am

  7. Teresa says:

    I just love love love jigsaw puzzles and have since I was small. In junior high I was routinely doing 1000+ piece puzzles. My worst gift was in high school and was a puzzle of the United States from my grandmother that had about 20 pieces and was one of those puzzles with a cardboard backing so you could see the shape of where each piece could go.

    Something along these lines:

    Except not nearly so kitschy (not that I would have appreciated that in high school anyway).

    November 17th, 2009 at 9:23 am

  8. Jennifer says:

    I was always happiest with the small unique things that my “hip” aunt would send. The gift I loved most was a wooden crayon holder in the shape of a whale, like this one:

    I’m not sure why I liked it so much, it only holds 8 crayons, but I thought it was really cool then!

    November 17th, 2009 at 10:03 am

  9. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    Man. I have to choose just one? My parents gave awesome gifts every year. The one I remember with the greatest fondness, though, are the dollhouses we got. These were wooden dollhouses they put together from kits (my sister and I both got one the same year)

    Three stories, stairs in the center going out. From the front (the side you didn’t play on), there was a porch and the door swung to let the dolls go in and out. The right hand side (looking from the back) only had two floors. Kitchen and dining room on the first floor, I think a bedroom on the second. And a door going out of the kitchen onto a “mini” porch as well.

    The living room, game room, other bedrooms were on the left side. The furniture was all wood as well, that had to be glued together. And my mother sewed together little fabric pieces to put on them.

    There were even pictures on the wall — not painted on the wall. But little pictures in tiny frames and glued onto the wall! And, best of all, in each of our houses, one of the pictures on the wall was of US. So I was in the house I got and my sister was in the house she got.

    My parents still have these houses, and the wood cabinets my dad made to put them on. Waiting for me to have a daughter, and said daughter to grow old enough, to pass mine down to (no idea what will happen with my sister’s)

    November 17th, 2009 at 10:22 am

  10. Tiffany says:

    Mine’s not quite about a specific gift- more about the almost no toys I got for Christmas one year. I was twelve, and it was Christmas morning. I noticed as I started opening presents that there just didn’t seem to be very many for me under the tree. So I opened the ones I had veeeery slowly, trying to make them last. Meanwhile, my brother (2 years younger) was just tearing through the pile, having a grand old time getting legos, GI Joes, etc. So after opening about 6 things- shirt, pajamas, socks, book, dress, 1 toy, I realized that that was it. So I just sat there, thinking “well, I’m getting older, maybe I just won’t be getting as much for Christmas any more… we just moved, maybe mom and dad don’t have the money” etc. Meanwhile, of course, I’m trying desperately not to cry, because even when you’re twelve that’s an awfully disappointing Christmas. But I didn’t want to upset the family, so I was trying to be a “big girl”. Finally my parents must have realized something was wrong- I was being way too quiet for Christmas morning. They looked at me for a long while, looked at my tiny little pile, and looked at the tree. Finally, my mom says to my dad “Ted, where’s the you-know-what?” My dad looked at me for a minute, then gasped, turned red, jumped up and RAN out of the room. He comes back a minute later with a large black trash bag full of wrapped presents. They had FORGOTTEN MY PRESENTS! In the bag were all the presents they had gotten me- all the toys, games, puzzles, etc, including a stereo for my room. I loved that stereo, but mostly I loved that my parents had gotten me Christmas presents after all. Of course, every year since then I ask whether they got all the presents out- and that was 24 years ago!

    November 17th, 2009 at 11:44 am

  11. Kelly says:

    The best/worst gift I ever received was an IOU (wrapped)from Santa for my Tiffany Taylor doll
    He said Sears was mailing it to me for him because he ran out of them in his shop. The doll was the best, the IOU…. not so much. Although we’ve gotten some good laughs out of it since.

    November 17th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

  12. Heather says:

    Worst gift (from mom) – a creepy vintage Siamese Cat television lamp.The cats eyes light up – who wants that staring back at you when you are trying to watch TV?

    November 17th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

  13. anjii says:

    My favorite gift is the doll highchair and cradle my dad made, one of the years we were broke. He made a set for each of me and my two sisters. Mine had butterflies, and my sister’s, one had hearts and one had balloons. My dad also made a scavenger hunt out of it, with poems to lead us from place to place. My set was in the bathtub :)

    November 17th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

  14. Sandy W. says:

    My absolute favorite Christmas gift was an Atari 2600 video game system with Pac Man, Donkey Kong, and Space Invader games.

    I was the first one on the block to have one and thought I was so cool. Unfortunately, I spent hour upon hour playing those games. Looking back, now that I’m a mom, I should have been outside playing or doing something more active. But as a kid, I was so thrilled.

    My least favorite gift was a set of worry dolls that my Mom gave me.

    You are supposed to tell them your worries and put them under your pillow as you go to bed. But that would only make me focus on my worries right before sleeping and I would have bad dreams. What a horrible idea. And what is the point of worrying about things anyway?!

    November 17th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

  15. Jenn says:

    The gift I liked the least was a Chia Pet given to me by my mother. I was a teenager and I forget now what it was that I REALLY wanted, but she thought she’d be funny and give me the Chia Pet instead…..I wasn’t amused.

    November 17th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

  16. Kathleen says:

    My worst gift was the year my mom decided that us kids should exchange names and buy gifts for each other. To this day I can still feel my “14 year old self’s” disappointment opening a Thermos from my brother. A THERMOS!!!!!!
    It was what he really wanted for Christmas and knew I would give it to him. Crafty but so not cool :)

    November 17th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

  17. Christy says:

    The one thing that always comes to mind is our very first NES system. And my Yogi Bear Inflatable bottom Tent. I tried to find a link, but that was discontinued YEARS ago!

    Most hated? My grandparents gave my sister and I matching wool skirt/sweater outfits. HORRIBLY itchy. And miserable to boot!

    November 17th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

  18. Allison says:

    I loved the year I received the American Girl doll Molly ( I played with her nonstop for years, “fed” her a wonderful flour/water paste mixture quite often, and cut her hair once to my mother’s dismay (can only do this once with a doll). My cabbage patch doll was also a big hit when I was younger (

    November 17th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

  19. Tyler H says:

    My favorite gift was a little plastic red and black tricycle. I would ride it everywhere. A lot of the pictures from my parents have me on that tricycle.

    November 17th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

  20. Amanda says:

    Looking back it is so lame, but I was in love with Pee Wee Herman! I wrote a letter to our local paper asking Santa for this doll and my grandmother still has the newspaper clipping!

    Pee Wee Herman Talking Doll

    November 18th, 2009 at 6:24 am

  21. jody says:

    My mother and father made a Barbie-compatible doll-house for my sister and me. Postage stamps for artwork, carpet samples for flooring and a bonus Pringles can attached to a slider for an elevator…I think the frame of the house was made out of an old wood crate.

    November 18th, 2009 at 10:30 am

  22. Ginger says:

    One year, after much longing, I received an Easy-Bake oven. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to bake a bunch of little cakes. Unfortunately, my dad looked at the thing and saw that the cakes baked under an exposed lightbulb. He decided it was far too dangerous for me, a 6 year old, and he made it disappear. I never baked a cake. Not even with help from my parents. Oh the injustice!

    November 18th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

  23. Mary says:

    My most favorite gift was a doll, I think called kid sister. My brother got the boy equivalent the same Christmas. It was one thing we actually liked playing together with. I have a picture of the two of us with our dolls. It makes me remember the good times growing up before he and I started that rivalry stuff.

    November 18th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

  24. Tim says:

    Since I lived in a rural area with few kids my age nearby, I spent a lot of time with my toys: Star Wars, G.I. Joe, He-Man, Transformers and Lego were the big five. Many of these were Christmas and birthday gifts, but I couldn’t begin to sort out which was which.

    The one item I am sure we got for Christmas was our first computer, a Commodore 64. This saw a lot of use by me and my older brother, perhaps more than our toys:

    November 19th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

  25. kelli says:

    My Friend Mandy doll. I loved her and enjoyed making clothes and accessories for her.

    I still have her and my kids now play with her.

    November 19th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

  26. Audra says:

    When I was seven or eight, on my request my parents gave me Dusty and Nugget for Christmas, a poseable doll and horse. A female doll designed to ride horses and play sports was my idea of a perfect toy.

    November 20th, 2009 at 7:28 am

  27. theblondeghost says:

    When I was little I had a beautiful antique doll about 18 inches tall that had belonged to my Grandmother. She disappeared one year, only to reappear at Christmas with a complete wardrobe of about 12 outfits my Mom and Grandmother had made for her. Not only was I impressed with her new duds, I was relieved I hadn’t actually “lost” her somewhere in my room…

    November 20th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

  28. Mariel says:

    One year my mom had us go through all our toys to see what we could give away to those less fortunate than ourselves. She challenged us to not just give what we didn’t want, but what we loved most- to share what was most important to us. That year, I gave away my favorite pillow person doll. I cried as I gave to her, but did it knowing that some little girl would love her as much as I did.

    That Christmas under the tree, what did I find? The large deluxe version of that same pillow person! I was thrilled! Through that experience my parents taught me the joy in both giving and receiving.

    Apparently, like the rest of the 80′s, they’re back. It was the blonde sweet dreams doll.

    November 21st, 2009 at 11:11 am

  29. Elizabeth says:

    The worst present I ever got was a flashlight. My uncle thought – kids love flashlights – and he was half right. My brother opened his flashlight and was THRILLED (6 year old boy) – I opened my flashlight (8 year old girl) and was not so thrilled. We have a precious family photo capturing the contrasting reactions. I got many more flashlights from my uncle in the years after but those ones all had money or a gift certificate tucked in the empty battery compartment and we all had a good laugh.

    November 22nd, 2009 at 11:35 am

  30. Sara says:

    During the Cabbage Patch rush of the 80′s, when they were impossible to find, my mom got me one for Christmas and not only that, it looked a lot like me with brown hair, brown eyes, and freckles. I still remember her name…Sherry Casey. I have no idea what happened to her. But I loved her so much at time.

    November 24th, 2009 at 5:11 am

  31. Jeffrey Cohen says:

    The best gift was a Slinky. Aaah, I had an hour of enjoyment when I received my first Slinky. Of course, once my brothers got home (all three of them), it turned into the WORST gift. My mother said, “You’ve been playing with it for an hour. Give them a chance. What’s the worst that could happen?” Well, they got it completely twisted up within 15 minutes. So as a present, it worked for about an hour.

    November 24th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

  32. Jen Lathrop says:

    I remember when I got the Kodak Disc camera – I thought it was so cool! Within weeks it went from being the best gift to being the worst gift because the pictures it took totally sucked. My first lesson in not believing the hype. :-)

    November 24th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

  33. Mary Ann L. says:

    My most loved and most hated present are the same. The Green Machine. It only became hated when I knocked half of my front teeth out while riding it…my permanent teeth, no less. Now, every few years when I have to have my fillings replaced or touched up, I think of the Green Machine I once loved. Here is a commercial of the original Green Machine.

    November 24th, 2009 at 8:31 pm