Nostalgia – a longing for things from the past. As a woman who has in the past two years dealt with entering my thirties, realizing I will never have another baby, and watching my baby girl become a pre-schooler on her way to kindergarten next year, I’ve felt the bittersweet pangs of longing for my own childhood. These moments are intensified exponentially when my family travels back to my parents’ home, and I have the joy – the kind of joy one might experience in the Twilight Zone – of watching my children play with my childhood toys. This year I’ve decided that nostalgia will be a driving force in my holiday purchasing decisions, a sort of antidote to aging, a way to travel back to the “glory days” of the 70’s and 80’s. And the marketing geniuses at the country’s top toy countries are more than happy to oblige. Here are my Top Five Nostalgic Gifts of the 2008 Holiday Season:
1. Baby Alive – Every little girl needs a doll, and in 1973, the world welcomed the ultimate toy for girls – a doll baby that eats, drinks, needs diaper changes, and falls asleep in your arms! Back in time for the 2008 holiday season, Baby Alive now comes with new and exciting features. You can go online with your daughter and create a Birth Certificate or Birth Announcement, choose from a whole line of Baby Alive dolls, and purchase dress-up accessories for your little one’s little one. To learn more go online to http://www.hasbro.com/BabyAlive/.