CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 15 BLOG POST

CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 15 BLOG POST

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 15th December 2021

 ADVENT DOOR 15 – 24 DAY COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS DAY!

10 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY

 

  1. A CHRISTMAS CARD.

 

Taken from the Daily Telegraph 15.12.21

  1. THOUGT FOR CHRISTMAS.   

    The most popular Christmas presents over the last 50 years and how much they cost today

    Do you remember any of these toys from your childhood?

    In 1970, an Apollo moon rocket was on the nation’s wish list. A Rubik’s cube featured on the 1980 list and in 1990 children wanted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures.

    By 2000 we see the trusty Nokia 3310 make an appearance, worth an equivalent of £245 today.

    Fast forward to 2019 and it was the iPhone 11 Pro, worth £1,049, that made the most popular gift list.

    Few toy choices have endured – but LEGO has managed to stand the test of time. It appears on the most bought list nine times – first in 1979 and last in 2018.

    Others have come back into fashion such as the Furby which appears in 1998 and then again in 2012. Bop It, also from 1998, pops back up in 2014.

    Music Magpie has looked back at the most popular Christmas presents every year from 1970 to 2019, to see how the cost of Christmas has changed. ITO me: although I’m not sure how accurate. They have the Rubik’s Cube at £3.79 today’s price and they average £9.99.

    The trusty Nokia 3310 made the list in 2000

    In 1970 the top five most popular choices cost a combined total of £191 in today’s money. In 2019, you would need to spend £1,466 for the lot.

    Obviously not everyone will buy all five of the top gifts and some years the cost does drop down, but there still appears to be a general trend of Christmas gifts becoming more expensive.

    Even after adjusting for inflation, parents are spending nearly eight times as much to get 2019’s must-have gifts than they were in 1970.

    And in 1970, parents only had to spend four percent of their monthly household disposable income to fulfil their children’s wish lists, compared to a whopping 60 per cent in 2019!

    Below is the full list of most popular gifts compiled by Music Magpie , alongside what they would cost in today’s money. (Questionable.)

     

    1970

    Nerfball £1.25 (now £18.63)

    Sindy £3.99 (now £59.95)

    Apollo Moon Rocket £1.16 (now £17.47)

    Risk Board Game £1.73 (now £25.99)

    Talking Viewmaster £4.62 (now £69.44)

     

    Total cost £12.75 (now £191.48)

     

    1971

    Space Hopper £2.25 (now £30.89)

    Mastermind Board Game £1.64 (now £22.96)

    Weebles £4.99 (now £68.50)

    Clackers £1.05 (now £14.41)

    Etch a Sketch £0.99 (now £13.57)

     

    Total cost £10.92 (now £150.33)

     

    1972

    Skateboard £3.62 (now £46.42)

    Uno £1.01 (now £12.93)

    Plasticraft Modelling Kits £5 (now £64.08)

    Easy Bake Oven £3.99 (now £51.07)

    Talky Chrissy Doll £4.71 (now £60.36)

     

    Total cost £18.33 (now £234.86)

     

    1973

    Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle £3.71 (now £43.58)

    Shrinky Drinks £0.40 (now £4.76)

    Walkie Talkie Sets £4.98 (now £58.53)

    Baby Alive £10.88 now (£139.43)

    Lone Ranger and Tonto Figures £1.86 (£21.83)

     

    Total cost £21.83 (now £268.13)

     

    1974

    Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots £3.46 (now £35.03)

    Dungeons & Dragons £3.69 (now £40.22)

    Magic 8 Ball £0.77 (now £7.84)

    Spirograph (£1.27 now £12.88)

    Twister £1.35 (now £13.71)

     

    Total cost £10.54 (now £109.68)

     

    1975

    Pet Rock £1.75 (now £14.26)

    Pong £43.85 (now £357.26)

    Othello £2.76 (now £35.97)

    Portable Cassette Player Recorder £12.40 (now £101.05)

    Monopoly £1.89 (now £15.42)

     

    Total cost £62.65 (now £523.96)

     

    1976

    Micronauts £5.85 (now £40.93)

    Cher Doll £3.39 (now £23.69)

    Magna Doodle £10.59 (now £74.03)

    Pogo Stick £2.92 (now £20.38)

    Kites £0.95 (now £6.64)

     

    Total cost £23.70 (now £165.67)

     

    1977

    Atari 2600 £105.70 (now £637.87)

    Star Wars Figures £1.44 (now £9.36)

    Stretch Armstrong £9.58 (now £57.81)

    The Batmobile £20.71 (now £124.98)

    Portable 8-Track Player £21.22 (now £128.06)

     

    Total cost £158.65 (now £958.08)

     

    1978

    Hungry Hippos £3.94 (now £22.14)

    Speak & Spell £31.54 (now £175.75)

    Simon Says £31.84 (now £177.42)

    Connect Four £2.64 (now £14.72)

    Matchbox Powertrack £39.77 (now £221.60)

     

    Total cost £109.73 (now £611.63)

     

    1979

    Strawberry Shortcake £4.75 (now £24.65)

    Millenium Falcon £16.33 (now £80.24)

    Sony Walkman £81.67 (now £401.33)

    Meccano Construction Set £10.34 (now £50.81)

    Lego Space £16.98 (now £83.44)

     

    Total cost £130.07 (now £640.47)

     

    1980

    Rubik’s Cube £0.91 (now £3.79)

    Mattell Handheld Electronic Game £23.25 (now £96.83)

    LEGO Train Set £40 (now £166.59)

    Mr Frosty £10.50 (now £43.73)

    Tin Can Alley Target Shooting Game £39.94 (now £166.34)

     

    Total cost £114.60 (now £477.28)

     

    1981

    Star Wars AT-AT £28.75 (now £107.05)

    He-Man Castle Grayskull £29.99 (now £111.65)

    Lite Brite £14.99 (now £55.81)

    Donkey Kong £24.99 (now £93.04)

    Baby Precious £8.05 (now £29.96)

     

    Total cost £106.77 (now £397.51)

     

    1982

    Stompers Truck £1.99 (now £6.82)

    G.I. Joe Figures £1.17 (now £4.02)

    BMX Bike £45 (now £154.25)

    Glo Worm £4.99 (now £17.10)

    Commodore 64 £117.85 (now £403.98)

     

    Total cost £171 (now £586.17)

     

    1983

    Care Bears £16.75 (now £54.90)

    Cabbage Patch Kids Doll £14.91 (now £48.86)

    G.I. Joe APC £5.96 (now £19.52)

    My Little Pony £3.55 (now £11.63)

    Rainbow Brite £12.99 (now £42.57)

     

    Total cost £54.16 (now £177.48)

     

    1984

    Optimus Prime £16.87 (now £52.67)

    Pound Puppies £6.99 (now £21.82)

    A-Team Van £42 (now £131.13)

    R2-D2 Toy Box now £16.20 (now £50.57)

    Tonka GoBots £5.39 (now £16.84)

     

    Total cost £87.45 (now £273.03)

     

    1985

    Teddy Ruxpin £57.99 (now £170.66)

    Pillow People £8.99 (now £24)

    Trivial Pursuit £8.99 (now £24)

    Care Bear Desk £18.43 (now £54.25)

    Wuzzles £11.06 (now £32.55)

     

    Total cost £105.46 (now £305.46)

     

    1986

    Lazer Tag £34 (now £96.76)

    Lego Airport £24.96 (now £71.03)

    My Buddy and Kid Sister £18.72 (now £53.27)

    My Pet Monster £19.96 (now £56.81)

    Power Wheels Jeep £112.32 (now £319.67)

     

    Total cost £209.96 (now £597.54)

     

    1987

    Sylvanian Families £6.97 (now £19.04)

    Koosh Ball £3 (now £8.20)

    Popples £12.45 (now £34.01)

    Pogo Ball £4.11 (now £11)

    Jem Dolls £8.95 (now £24.45)

     

    Total cost £35.48 (now £96.70)

     

    1988

    Ghost Busters Proton Pack £19.99 (now £52.06)

    NES Action Set £94.76 (now £246.80)

    Ghostbusters Fright Features £3.78 (now £9.85)

    Airless Hockey £50.54 (now £131.62)

    Playskool Kitchen £50.54 (now £131.62)

     

    Total cost £219.61 (now £571.95)

     

    1989

    Batmobile £9.99 (now £27.29)

    The Real Ghostbusters Table-top Pinball £59.32 (now £143.35)

    Polly Pocket £5.50 (now £12.99)

    Disney Sno-Cone Castle £8.66 (now £20.93)

    Talking Alf £27.99 (now £76.47)

     

    Total cost £111.46 (now £281.03)

     

    1990

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures £3.99 (now £8.81)

    Mouse Trap £12.25 (now £27.04)

    Sega Mega Drive £189.99 (now £419.42)

    Polly Pocket £4.95 (£10.93)

    Mr Frosty Ice Crunchie Machine £10.75 (now £23.73)

     

    Total cost £221.93 (now £489.93)

     

    1991

    Sega Game Gear £97.95 (now £204.24)

    Nintendo Game Boy £69.99 (now £145.94)

    Super Soaker 50 £9.99 (now £20.83)

    Playmobil Victorian Dollhouse £75 (now £156.39)

    Quints Dolls £6.99 (now £14.58)

     

    Total cost £259.92 (now £541.98)

     

    1992

    WWF Action Figures £4.99 (now £10.03)

    Thunderbirds’ Tracy Island £23.99 (now £48.22)

    Super Nintendo Entertainment System £99.99 (now £208.98)

    The Littlest Pet Shop £19.99 (now £40.18)

    Slap Bracelets £1.99 (now £4)

     

    Total cost £150.95 (now £311.41)

     

    1993

    Talkboy £24.97 (now £49.40)

    Barbie Doll £10.99 (now £21.74)

    Action Man £9.99 (now £19.77)

    Play-Doh £4.75 (now £9.40)

    Dream Phone £29.99 (now £59.34)

     

    Total cost £80.69 (now £159.65)

     

    1994

    Power Rangers Action Figures £4.99 (now £9.64)

    Biker Mice from Mars Action Figures £4.75 (now £9.18)

    Cabbage Patch Kids £28.99 (now £56.01)

    Silly Putty £1.50 (now £2.90)

    Dear Diary £23.99 (now £46.35)

     

    Total cost £64.22 (now £124.08)

     

    1995

    PlayStation £287.75 (now £537.28)

    POGs £2.99 (now £5.58)

    Beanie Baby £3.99 (£7.45)

    Sky Dancers £7.99 (now £14.92)

    Baby All Gone £19.40 (now £36.22)

     

    Total cost £322.12 (now £601.45)

     

    1996

    Tickle Me Elmo £19.99 (now £36.44)

    Buzz Lightyear £23.99 (now £43.74)

    Doodle Bear £14.75 (now £26.89)

    Gooey Louie £12.99 (now £23.68)

    Space Jam Action Figures £9.99 (now £18.21)

     

    Total cost £81.71 (now £148.96)

     

    1997

    Nintendo 64 £150 (now £265.15)

    Tamagotchi £9.99 (now £16.88)

    Teletubbies £27.99 (now £49.48)

    Digimon £8.75 (now £15.47)

    Spice Girls Girl Power Dolls £9.99 (now £17.66)

     

    Total cost £206.72 (now £364.64)

     

    1998

    Furby £24.99 (now £42.71)

    Bop It £14.99 (now £25.62)

    Nintendo Game Boy Colour £69.99 (now £119.62)

    ProYo £4.75 (now £8.12)

    Laser Challenge £44.99 (now £76.89)

     

    Total cost £159.71 (now £272.96)

     

    1999

    Pokemon Red & Pokemon Blue £19.99 (now £33.65)

    Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Game £23.99 (now £40.38)

    Scalextric AFX Vertigo Set £48.99 (now £82.46)

    Nintendo Game Boy Camera £39.50 (now £66.49)

    Tyco Rebound £75 (now £126.24)

     

    Total cost £207.47 (now £349.22)

     

    2000

    Teksta Robotic Dog £38.74 (now £63.33)

    Micro Scooter £90 (now £147.13)

    Amazing Ally £37.37 (now £61.10)

    Pokemon Pokedex £19.97 (now £32.49)

    Nokia 3310 £150 (now £245.22)

     

    Total cost £336.08 (now £549.27)

     

    2001

    Bob the Builder £19.97 (now £32.08)

    Lego Bionicle £7 (now £11.24)

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty £29.99 (now £48.17)

    iPod Classic £273.47 (now £439.30)

    Sony PlayStation 2 £299 (now £480.30)

     

    Total cost £629.43 (now £1,011.09)

     

    2002

    Bratz Dolls £24.99 (now £39.48)

    Rapunzel Barbie £13.70 (now £21.64)

    Xbox £299.99 (now £473.99)

    Yu-Gi-Oh £7 (now £11.06)

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures £9.99 (now £15.78)

     

    Total cost £355.67 (now £561.95)

     

    2003

    Beyblades £5.99 (now £9.20)

    Cranium Board Game £25 (now £38.39)

    Nokia N-Gage £209.60 (now £321.87)

    Lord of the Rings Figures £13.99 (now £21.48)

    Badge It £15 (now £23.03)

     

    Total cost £269.58 (now £413.97)

     

    2004

    Robosapien £74.97 (now £111.80)

    iPod Mini £139.93 (now £208.66)

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas £29.99 (now £44.72)

    Halo 2 £29.99 (now £44.72)

    Motorola Razr £210.25 (now £313.52)

     

    Total cost £485.13 (now £723.42)

     

    2005

    Xbox 360 £299 (now £433.62)

    Tamagotchi Connexion £13.06 (now £18.94)

    Nintendo DS £99.99 (now £145.01)

    iPod Nano £104.20 (now £151.11)

    Star Wars Electronic Light Sabers £34.19 (now £49.59)

     

    Total cost £550.44 (now £798.27)

     

    2006

    Nintendo Wii £169 (now £237.50)

    My Furreal Friends Pony £206.26 (now £289.86)

    Tickle Me Elmo £27.50 (now £38.65)

    Fly Wheels XPV £41.01 (now £57.63)

    Wii Sports £39.99 (now £56.20)

     

    Total cost £483.76 (now £679.84)

     

    2007

    PlayStation 3 £395 (now £532.29)

    Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock £69.70 (now £93.93)

    iPod Touch £141.05 (now £190.07)

    Doctor Who Dalek Voice Changer Mask £29.95 (now £40.36)

    WWE Playset £19.95 (now £26.88)

     

    Total cost £655.65 (now £883.53)

     

    2008

    High School Musical Dance Mat £17.99 (now £23.31)

    Iron Man DVD £14.99 (now £19.43)

    Transformers Movie Deluxe Figures £39.99 (now £51.82)

    Rubik’s Revolution £13.81 (now £17.89)

    iPhone 3G £354.20 (now £459)

     

    Total cost £440.98 (now £571.45)

     

    2009

    Go Go Pet Hamster £9.99 (now £13.02)

    Monopoly City 3D £24.99 (now £32.56)

    GX Racers £29.99 (now £39.07)

    Battle Strikers £9.99 (now £13.02)

    Ben 10 Action Cruiser £29.99 (now £39.07)

     

    Total cost £104.95 (now £136.74)

     

    2010

    Toy Story 3 DVD £4.99 (now £6.21)

    iPad £429 (now £534.25)

    Jet Pack Buzz Lightyear £39.99 (now £49.80)

    FurReal Go Go Walking Pup Hasbro £59.99 (now £74.71)

    Nerf N-Strike £54.99 (now £68.48)

     

    Total cost £588.96 (now £733.45)

     

    2011

    Nintendo 3DS £126.60 (now £149.86)

    Moshling Treehouse £18.99 (now £22.48)

    Fijit Friends £54.99 (now £65.09)

    Lego Ninjago Fire Temple £91.99 (now £108.89)

    Doggie Doo £22.99 (now £27.21)

     

    Total cost £315.56 (now £373.53)

     

    2012

    Skylanders Giants £52.89 (now £60.66)

    Wii U £250 (now £286.73)

    Furby £59.99 (now £68.80)

    Twister Dance £26.99 (now £30.95)

    Lego Lord of the Rings £68.99 (now £79.12)

     

    Total cost £458.86 (now £526.26)

     

    2013

    Xbox One £429 (now £477.51)

    PlayStation 4 £349 (now £388.46)

    Lego City Coastguard £39.99 (now £44.51)

    Hoverboard £229.42 (now £255.36)

    Grand Theft Auto V £44.99 (now £50.08)

     

    Total cost £1,092.40 (now £1,215.92)

     

    2014

    Frozen Snow Glow Elsa £34.99 (now £38.05)

    iPhone 6 £499.94 (now £543.63)

    The Sims 4 £59.99 (now £65.23)

    Minecraft Figures £7.99 (now £8.69)

    Bop It! Beats £21.99 (now £23.91)

     

    Total cost £624.90 (now £679.51)

     

    2015

    Bladebuilder Jedi Master Lightsaber £44.99 (now £48.44)

    Star Wars BB-8 Toy Droid £129.99 (now £139.97)

    LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon  £649.99 (now £699.87)

    IDO3D Craft Design Studio £39.99 (now £43.06)

    Thunderbirds Interactive Tracey Island £79.50 (now £85.60)

     

    Total cost £944.46 (now £1,016.94)

     

    2016

    Pie Face £19.99 (now £21.16)

    Hatchimals £56.95 (now £60.30)

    Paw Patrol £39.99 (now £42.34)

    NES Classic £49.99 (now £52.93)

    Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage £89.99 (now £95.28)

     

    Total cost £256.91 (now £272.01)

     

    2017

    Fingerlings £14.99 (now £15.32)

    LOL Surprise Dolls £9.99 (now £10.21)

    Fidget Spinner £5.99 (now £6.12)

    Nintendo Switch £279.99 (now £286.15)

    SNES Classic £69.99 (now £71.53)

     

    Total cost £380.95 (now £389.33)

     

    2018

    Red Dead Redemption 2 £48.99 (now £49.87)

    LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall £87.95 (now £89.53)

    Monopoly Fortnite Edition £21.99 (now £22.39)

    iPhone XR £749.00 (now £762.48)

    PlayStation Classic £89.99 (now £91.61)

     

    Total cost £997.92 (now £1,015.88)

     

    2019

    Nintendo Switch Lite £199.00

    iPhone 11 Pro £1,049.00

    Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet £87.99

    Fortnite Battle Bus Deluxe £49.99

    Gravitrax Starter Set XXL  £80.00

     

    Total cost £1,465.98

     

    This data was compiled for Music Magpie using information from the Toy Retailers Association, Retromash, The People History and Wikipedia. Historic prices were adjusted for inflation using CPI Inflation Calculator. Figures and calculations accurate as of December 2019.

 

  1. A Christmas Track.
  1. 30 - Blue Christmas Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers 2:58
  1. A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

  1. AN ANNUAL.

  1. A CHRISTMAS THEMED GAME.

  1. CHRISTMAS FILMS.

  1. CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATESELECTION BOX.

  1. A CHRISTMAS THEMED JIGSAW.

  1. A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK.

  1. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.

  1. ADULT CHRISTMAS BOOK.

 

  1. A CHRISTMAS TREE.

 

  1. CHRISTMAS JUMPERS.

  1. CHRISTMAS TV TIMES.
CHRISTMAS 1960
  1. CHRISTMAS RADIO TIMES.
CHRISTMAS 1934
  1. A PANTOMIME.

 

WINDSOR
Venue: Theatre Royal
Title: Jack and the Beanstalk

Production company: In House

Dates: 26th November 2021 – 9th January 2022

Cast: Kevin Cruise, Steve Blakeley, Anita Harris, Basil Brush, Alice Fillary, Elizabeth Carter, Jay Worley and the voice of Shirley Ballas

Written by Steve Blakeley

Directed by Carole Todd

  1. ELF ON THE SHELF.

  1. CHRISTMAS TOP TEN.

Most watched Christmas TV of all time revealed

Although how many of these viewers were having a post-dinner snooze?

We all watch A LOT of TV over Christmas. After all, how else are we going to pass the time during those colds night in with relatives and friends?

Well, we now know just what the great British public has been watching over all these years, and it seems the most popular choice has been… Only Fools and Horses.

The list, complied by MyOffers, reveals that the 1996 Christmas episode ‘Time On Our Hands’ is the most popular Christmas TV episode ever, drawing in 24.35 million viewers.

This is followed by The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show, which aired in 1977 after The Morecambe and Wise Show, and drew in 21.4 million.

Third was Coronation Street’s 1985 Christmas episode, also with 21.4 million, followed by another three Only Fools and Horses episodes.

Yes, it’s a bit unfair to compare old with new, TV viewing figures are significantly lower in general these days – last year Call the Midwife came out on top with only 9.2 million.

We imagine a lot of this is down to the hundreds of channels, the variety of programmes and the emergence of streaming services in the past few years – after all, back in the day there only used to be three TV channels. Imagine!

Here is the full top 10:

  1. Only Fools and Horses ‘Time On Our Hands’ – December 29, 1996 (24.25 million)
  2. The Mike Yarwood Show ‘The Mike Yarwood Christmas Special’ – December 25, 1977 (21.4 million)
  3. Coronation Street ‘2581’ – December 25, 1985 (21.4 million)
  4. Only Fools and Horses ‘If They Could See Us Now’ – December 25, 2001 (21.35 million)
  5. Only Fools and Horses ‘Modern Men’ – December 27, 1996 (21.33 million)
  6. Only Fools and Horses ‘Heroes and Villains’ – December 25, 1996 (21.31 million)
  7. The Morecambe & Wise Show ‘The Morecambe and Wise Show’ – December 25, 1977 (21.3 million)
  8. Bread – December 25, 1988 (20.95 million)
  9. Wallace and Gromit ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’ – December 25, 2008 (14.4 million)
  10. EastEnders ‘Christmas Day Part 2’ – December 25, 2007 (13.9 million)

But see tomorrow for THE BEST TV RATINGS FROM the 1980s to DATE

  1. SCROOGE.

  1. SANTA & RUDOLF.

  1. A CHRISTMAS FACT OR TWO OR THREE.
  1. The Beatles had Christmas number ones in 1963, 65, and 67, giving them the record for the most Christmas number ones.

 

  1. The British wear Christmas hats, or paper crowns, whilst they eat Christmas dinner. The crowns are stored in a tube called a “Christmas cracker.

 

  1. A middle-age tradition is to eat a mince pie every day of the twelve days of Christmas as it supposedly gives you 12 months of good luck.

 

  1. A CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE.

Why is it best to think of 2021 like a panto?
Because eventually, it’s behind you.

  1. CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE.

 

 

 

 

 

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