Friday Frivolity - Childhood Holiday Memories

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we shared some of the silliest As Seen on TV items out there.

This week, we're re-living our childhood holiday memories!



I have to say, the memory that stands out most to me from my childhood is the year I broke my arm just days before Christmas.

My parents already had my big present already and I don't remember exactly what it was, but I know it was something I wouldn't be allowed to use for a long, long time (like roller skates or a bike or something) and so they had to scramble around and find something new that I could play with.

This was way back in the dark ages, when a broken wrist meant a plaster cast up to my armpit - and I was in it (or variations of it) all the way through the summer (from Christmas!)...and back then, you weren't allowed to do anything active with a broken bone.

So now that I've gotten you all bummed out with my sad broken arm Christmas story, let me lighten the mood by sharing some of the best gifts Santa stuck under my tree over the years:


Cabbage Patch Kid

Francesca Marie!

I didn't get one of these the very first year they came out (that was just insane craziness!), but Santa did manage to nab my Francesca a year later.

And that photo?  That's her.  Francesca.  Soaking up the love from another little girl these days!

18-Speed Bike


I'd had a bike like this for several years:

There's nothing like a banana-seat bike!


...but just before I left my elementaryhood behind, I asked for a real bike.  I'd hoped for a ten-speed, like many of my friends had, but then Santa out-did my dreams and brought me an 18-speed bike, instead!



Roller Derby Roller Skates



I'd had metal skates that could expand with a key and fit over my shoes, a pair of tennis-shoe style skates that were just as groovy as they sound, and then these red, white, and blue Roller Derby brand beauties that I practically lived in once Santa delivered them.


Baton

Does anybody even play with these anymore?

I'm pretty sure this was the replacement gift for whatever wheeled-present my parents had originally gotten me that one year because I learned to twirl it left-handed as well as right.

I was never a majorette in high school, but boy, did I ever lead some parades up and down my street!

What were your favorite gifts from childhood?



Now, on to the link-up! 


The Hosts:



Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

  Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa's latest post is a hilarious and awesome list of Stocking Stuffers from A-Z... you've gotta check it out!



Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom


Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention! Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to's and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON'T Read book reviews, and more!  Stop by her blog for winter Capsule Wardrobe inspiration -- mix-and-match outfit inspiration in burgundy and olive!




Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!
Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated." Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Audrey's most recent post reviews Classic Games for Family Fun -- awesome recommendations for holiday gifts, or game nights through the year!



Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! Her latest post, a review of the Meryl Streep film Florence Foster Jenkins, is filled with comedy and pathos!



FridayFrivolity host Erin from Stay at Home Yogi
Erin is a fantastically honest and engaging blogger over at Stay at Home Yogi, where she shares encouragement for fitness, finances, self-care, and other fun and positive topics.  Her posts are filled with great advice and perspective.  Be sure to stop by her blog for this month's Financially Fit update -- Erin shares both the progress and frustrations of tackling debt, as well as helpful strategies for saving and making money too!



Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  :)  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions! 


Featured Post from Last Week:

In a fun twist, since we have five hosts and co-hosts we will also have FIVE FEATURES.... but you will have to go check out the other four blogs to see if you were featured there!  ;)     


The featured post for Syncopated Mama this week is........



You'll never believe some of the gift suggestions over at yadadarcyyada this week!

I can't get the visual of a scarf made out of hair and nail clippings out of my head, which crazy idea is your favorite?


Now, the new stuff! 


This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. 

If you're just here to have fun, skip the rules and start clickin'! 

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!  To improve traffic to your site, try to link posts we might not have seen in a while... keep it fresh!  :)


There are three rules only: 








We're so happy you're here! Let's have some fun!



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