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David Samson, Published December 23 2013

Catalogs of Christmas past hold magical memories

September in the 1960s meant the changing of the seasons, a new school year and the arrival of the coveted Christmas catalogs. For many baby boomers, these toy-filled dream books from Montgomery Ward, JC Penney Company and Sears were the launching pad for childhood memories.

Paging through these seemingly incredible books helped pass the time in the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, with some pages even printed in glorious full color with Barbies, battle sets, cars, cowboys, incredible edibles and everything in between.

This was the 1960s holiday version of Google and the Internet all at your fingertips. All you had to do was mark the pages and show your parents with the hope that Santa would somehow come through.

When the magical Christmas morning arrived, you would drag your bleary-eyed parents into the living room and let the celebration begin. After the wrappings were cleared and boxes torn open, it was time for the holiday games to begin. The only ingredient you needed was imagination and possibly a few batteries.