I’ve neglected this blog a little recently, so I think it’s about time that I brought a little “Festiveness” (is that even a word? No? Oh well… I like it, so I’m going to use it anyway) to you, in the form of a list! Afterall, who doesn’t love a good list? 🙂
Christmas just isn’t the same nowadays is it? We find it very difficult to feel that magic we felt as kids. The whole experience has changed so much over the last couple of decades, with Internet shopping, a million TV channels and a whole host of electronic gadgetry available to us, it’s easy to forget the simpler times.
In no particular order, let’s give you my top ten reasons as to why Christmas was so much better in the 80’s.
- TV Times / Radio Times
With no internet or smartphones the only way to find out what was coming up on TV was on teletext or in TV listing mags. The TV Times and Radio Times were the go to TV guides and of course, back in the day, you had to buy both to know what was on all the channels. When the bumper Christmas Edition was released no one could stop us sitting and circling everything we were going to watch over the festive period.
2. Selection boxes
Let’s face it they were just better back then. The bars were bigger, they tasted better and they had some awesome treats inside! Oh, you also definitely got your moneys’ worth.
3. The Argos catalogue
The Argos catalogue, or any other catalogue for that matter (remember Index?!). We couldn’t browse the internet back then so this is what we used to find things to put on our list for Santa!
4. The music
At least we had a couple of REAL Christmas N0.1’s in the 80s! The charts were filled with Christmas classics from Shakin’ Stevens, The Pogues, Band Aid, Paul McCartney and Wham!
5. The movies
We had some classic Christmas movies in the 80s. They were that good they are repeated every year on TV! Santa Claus The Movie was one of my favourites, at the time. What was yours?
6. TV Christmas specials
Christmas specials were the business in the 80s. What ever your favourite TV show was, I bet they did a Christmas special. Some of the Kids Christmas Specials were a little interesting to say the least!
They may seem a bit old fashioned and out of style now but back in the day the louder, the shinier, and the brighter, the better! These decorations were hung all over our house – attached to the ceiling with a drawing pin!
8. Christmas shopping
Remember when we actually had to leave the house to do our Christmas Shopping? The high streets were packed at this time of year with people trying to find the perfect gift for their loved ones. Shops went all out with the Christmas decorations, and you couldn’t carry all of the FREE carrier bags you’d been given to get your purchases home! Oh, and let’s not forget, that for some reason, it was also much easier to buy gifts to people too!
9. Christmas present hunt
I’m sure kids all over the world still do this, but do you remember when your parents weren’t looking, you used to dive into the cupboards and wardrobes to try and get a sneak peak at all the gifts they had bought you? You’d have to be quick though before they sent them all off to Santa for him to deliver on Christmas Day!
10. The toys
Toys in the 80s were just better. There’s no doubt about it all of the things we had as kids were well… Just cooler than the toys that are around now! I never did get that Mr Frosty though (thanks mum) 😦 Ha ha x