Christmas is fast approaching as the last days of November wind down.

When in the Christmas spirit I always recall, Scrooge style, my many Christmas pasts. I remember receiving catalogs in the mail (remember, before the glory of online shopping?) and circling potential items that I hoped to see under the tree.

So, in no particular order, here are 12 gifts we all wanted as a child (many of which I didn't actually receive):

1. The Easy Bake Oven

Never got one, but always made sure to circle it.

2. Razor Scooters

Foldable, speedy, and sophisticated.

3. American Girl Dolls

I had my sister's hand-me-down Samantha for awhile, but finally got a "lookalike" American Girl- who looked nothing like me.

4. Bratz

Come to think of it...I don't really get the appeal here.

5. Webkinz


Webkinz were the bomb, let's be real.

6. Polly Pockets

I was a big fan of Polly.

7. Groovy Girls

Groovy girls were the laid back (and more affordable) version of American Girls.

8. Nerf Blaster

Taking people out with nerf guns, what could be better?

9. Dance Dance Revolution

I used to plug that bad boy into my brothers' PS2 and dance my little heart out.

10. Nintendo DS

Anyone else pretend it was a palm pilot?

11. Bop It


I cannot estimate the amount of hours I spent attempting to be the Bop It champion.

And finally,

12. Nintendo Wii

Never had one, always asked to play at friend's houses.