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.
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