When asked what my favorite Christmas gift I received as a child, I responded with "any and all board games!" Board games were really popular when I was a kid in the '70s. Yes, I said the '70s. Here are a few of some of those board games that I was crazy about:

Rebound Game


 A fantastic game played with pucks (like the one used in the game Crossfire). You bounce your puck off the elastic bands to score 50, 100, 150 points. Then your opponent can take away some of those points by knocking your puck into the gutter.

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This game is a  race-and-chase game with the festive -  PopoMatic die-rolling bubble! Pop the bubble and hop your pegs around the track. Land on an opponents peg to bump it back home. But you could get bumped back. That spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Of course, get all 4 pegs to the finish line first, you win.

Toss Across
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This game can be played indoors or outdoors. But the more room you have to play, the better. Toss Across is basically a larger, interactive Tic-Tac-Toe game played with bean bags. The object of the game is to try and get a tic-tac-toe with three X's or O's in a row.

Mystery Date
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Mystery Date is a board game originally designed by Milton Bradley. The first version of the game was released in 1965, and the game was re-issued in 1970, 1999 and 2005. A large white door located in the center of the board has five 'dates' waiting inside. The object is to get all the right cards so you can open the door and see your date. Hopefully it's the handsome date - you win! If it's the "dud" date, you lose!

Pickup Sticks
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Long, thin sticks are scattered on the table in a heap. The black one is used as a tool to pick up the others. The player picks up sticks one at a time, until he causes any other stick to move besides the one he is attempting to pick up. Score points based on the color retrieved. (Published in Germany about 1850)


You noticed, of course, there were no video games, or electronic anything. Yep, it was simpler times back then, but man, it was some of the best times ever.

I know a lot of you have some of the same memories of toys you received at Christmas -- let me know about 'em, I love nostalgia.

Gotta go now, I've got plans with my mystery date. Merry Christmas!


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