Submitted for your approval, the light-up Santa pin


Most of us have fond memories of our childhood Christmases. Special toys, fun times, big family meals… One particular memory for me is a cheap plastic light-up Santa Claus pin. It was very similar to the ones shown here. I even remember where it came from. My mother took me with her to do some Christmas shopping at K-Mart. This would have been in the early 70s. I was allowed to browse all the great toys while she did her shopping. I saw toys like Rock em Sock em Robots, SSP zipcord racers, battery operated race cars and dinosaurs. I knew I would not be allowed to have a toy that day so close to Christmas time but would usually have a dollar or two of my own to buy candy or whatever I wanted. I spotted a display of light up Santa pins near the front registers and I quickly grabbed one and carried it around until it was time to check out. I couldn’t wait to get in the car (1972 Ford LTD) and open it up, pop in the included battery and pull Santa’s string to make his nose glow a cheery red. I wore that pin on my shirt just about every day until Christmas. Thank you light-up Santa pin for all the Christmas joy you provided.



I love retro toys, television, movies and just about anything from the 70s and 80s.I frequent flea markets, thrift shops, garage sales and auctions hoping to nab my next pop culture trophy.

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