Christmas Traditions 1960’s-1970’s

During this era, lots of fun and interesting things were either discovered, manufactured or consumed. In 1960 LEGO’s came out and at first the company started with only six employees in 1934 to forty in 1942. 1958 the LEGO finally came into its own and no other product names. 1962 introduced Mousetrap. Mousetrap is a board game and it requires two to four players to play. Over the course of the game players at first cooperate to build Rube Goldberg like a mousetrap. Here comes Tonka Mighty Dump Truck in 1965.

The Tonka Mighty Dump Truck was made from mound-metal craft, in the basement of local schoolhouse. The Etch-A-Sketch was founded in 1967 by a French electrician named Andre Cassagnes. There are knobs on the two bottom sides and they control a metal pointer that is fitted on two crossed metal bars. Finally, the last one is Hot Wheels and they were produced in 1969. Hot Wheels were conceived to be more like “tricked out” cars. And sixteen castings released eleven of those produced by Harry Bentley Bradly.

Santa Claus isn’t different than 2018. But there are a few different things. On December 4 of every year is when Santa’s List Day. Before he worked in the North Pole, Santa Claus worked out of Spain. He is generally referred to as Sinterklaas. Santa comes from Spain by a steamboat to give gifts to children. And days of Christmas are added up, it equals up to 364 presents. In the 1960’s Santa Claus was produced on Coco-Cola and was very popular.

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He earned a reputation as an anonymous gift giver. He is over 200 years old. I know it is crazy. Delivering presents for 200 years, that must have been a lot of kids each year. Also delivering all those presents in one night. You must truly have some skill. Claus para.2

Christmas trees were decorated with colored glass balls and tinsel. They would put big colored lightbulbs on the house. The kids would make homemade felt stockings and they would color construction paper garlands. Stringing popcorn and cranberries were popular for decorating trees. And they also made a “Classic” creche with ceramic figures and a cardboard stable. For their Christmas traditions people would watch TV on a huge black and white console TV’s. There were no remote controls in the 60’s and 70’s so they had to go up to the TV to change the channels and turn it off. One of the shows they would watch were “The Dean Martin Christmas Show”. Another one of their traditions where they would cover their Christmas trees in tinsel which was placed one-by-one by each family member. Fake trees were present as well. Even silver metal trees were a big deal. And the children would look at “Sear’s and Montgomery Ward Shopping Catalogs”.

There were a lot of popular holiday foods in the 60’s to 70’s. Like stuffed celery with cream cheese with pimento peppers or cherry tomatoes. Or meatballs with grape jelly. Even Lipton Onion Soup Dip. That sounds good. Fondue was popular in 1968. Chicken A La King is another popular one. These foods are made on Christmas either for appetizers, lunch, or dinner. Shrimp cocktails were a big appetizer in the 60’s and 70’s. Tunnel fudge cakes or Bundt cakes were chocolate cake with chocolate drizzle on top and when you cut through the cake it is supposed to “spill” the chocolate drizzle on the plate. Then it was Whip and Cool which was like freezing piped whipped cream with chocolate in the middle and then when you bite into it the whipped cream is supposed to melt and then you are supposed eat the chocolate in the middle. And finally, is the Jell-O crown jewel window glass desert. That is possibly the most popular desert that they made back in the 60’s and 70’s.

There were multiple fads through the 1960’s to the 1970’s. In 1960 Barbie Dolls were huge especially with the new doll Ken coming out. 1961 was different. 1961 had bell-bottoms, bell-bottoms were about five inches wide. In 1962 go-go boots or platform heels long boots that went up to your knees and girls worn them a lot. Some teens wore them too. In 1963 Lava Lamps were made. Lava Lamps are cool because there is a hot liquid that goes back and forth in a glass lamp. Turtle necks were made in 1964. They were long sleeve t-shirts that had like a sleeve to cover your neck. Schwinn bikes were made in 1965, they were they bikes with the long handles. Beatle-Mania was in 1966. There was this craze about the band “The Beatles” and then somebody made up the word Beatle-Mania to stand for the craze. Banana seats were invented in 1967. Banana seats are just long seats on bikes. Balsa Wood Airplanes were founded in 1968. Balsa Wood Airplanes were a popular toy for younger boys to play with. Then came Roller Skates and those were popular too because roller skate rinks were always full of people roller skating. And afros were a big, big, big thing in 1970. Some afros were small, and some were larger.

Family’s in the 60’s and 70’s was hard because families had time or major changes. Young people witnessed friends and family drafted in Vietnam War so on most Christmas children either didn’t have their father that Christmas or didn’t have a father on any Christmas’s. Women changed their view their place and role in their family. Men tasked with working career. Woman were tasked with keeping the house in order and taking care of the children. “Feminine Mystique” was chronicled the lives of women who were unhappy, unfilled in their traditional roles which encouraged women to seek move, women began to join the work force and as result demanded their husbands assist them more with housework and child care. During this era, lots of fun and interesting things that were either discovered, manufactured or consumed. Every tradition is different and not all are the same.

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