Christmas in the '90s was a magical time. It was a simpler time. It was pre-cell phones (that weren't as large as a brick) and pre-internet (that wasn't accessed through AOL.) And there are a lot of things we're nostalgic for. Wet Seal, anyone?
A regular Troll Doll was just a wrinkly old naked man with a jewel stuck in his tummy and a crazy hair do. But a Christmas Troll Doll was a reminder of a weird Scandinavian Christmas tradition where kids were hit with sticks.
T.G.I.F.'s whole programming block was amazing, but nothing was better than Full House. We loved spending Christmas with the Tanners more than we loved spending it with our own families. Let's face it, your mom's catchphrases were never as great as Michelle's.
You'd have your parents drop you off at the mall to buy them Christmas presents with money they gave you. You'd find your dad a CD at FYE and get some clothes for your sister at Wet Seal. And you'd have to make sure you had money left over so you could use the pay phone to page your mom's beeper so she could come get you when you were done.
4. Catalogue Shopping Could Let You Shop From Home
If you didn't want to deal with the crowds of the mall, you could do your holiday shopping from the comforts of your own home. Of course, you did it by browsing through a catalogue and not going on Amazon. The internet was a thing in the '90s, but you didn't use it to shop. You used it to mess with people on AOL chat rooms.
There was no such thing as an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party in the '90s. Because all of the Christmas sweaters were ugly. That would just be a "Normal Christmas Sweater" party. And where's the fun in that?
When your parents asked you what you wanted for Christmas, you'd always tell them you didn't want anything from Santa. You wanted that sweet, sweet seasonal toy that came in your McDonald's Happy Meal. Which was probably great for your parents, because Chicken McNuggets are much cheaper than a Tickle Me Elmo.
You watched Home Alone so many times that you wore out the VHS tape. You could quote any line of dialogue from Kevin McCallister. And sometimes you'd wish that your parents would also disappear, because Macaulay Culkin made child abandonment look super, super cool.
It wasn't just Home Alone that defined your childhood Christmases. It was all of the '90s Christmas movies. The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2 and perhaps one of the greatest Arnold Schwarzenegger action movies of all time, Jingle All the Way were all made in the '90s. And they were all amazing.
The greatest Christmas song of all time (Mariah Carrey's "All I Want for Christmas is You") was recorded in the '90s. And if that wasn't enough, bands like Hanson gave us some of the best Christmas albums of all time. We'd still be listening to them now if we had any way to play a CD.
Nowadays, if kids want seasonal food, they have to settle for pumpkin spice everything. But back in the day, cereals knew how to give kids exactly what they wanted. A ton of sugar disguised as a colorful green and red "balanced" breakfast. If we had hoarded boxes of this stuff from the '90s, we'd be digging in right now, and honestly, they'd probably still be safe to eat.
Year round, boy bands like N*Sync and the Backstreet Boys had their matching outfit game on point. But they really kicked it up a notch around Christmas. We totally tore photos of the Backstreet Boys all dressed as Santa out of a Bop Magazine and stuck them on our walls. It's part of decorating for Christmas!
You know what Christmas cartoons are like now? Terrible, that's what they are. And cartoons in general. The '90s blessed us with Christmas Nicktoons, and you got to see how all your characters celebrated their favorite holiday. Sponge Bob, Rugrats, Fairly Odd Parents, Rocket Power? How can it get any better than that?
13. Old Navy Performance Fleece Jingles Are Still Stuck In Our Heads
The Old Navy performance fleece commercials were so catchy that we can still recite them from memory 20 years later. "Performance fleece will be just fine! Performance fleece, we'll be there at nine!" Although, we still don't know what performance fleece is supposed to be...
The rest of the year, you went psycho for regular beanie babies. But around the Holidays, you went psycho for the limited edition beanie babies. If you had those in the '90s, they could be worth hundreds of dollars. If you have them now they're actually worth negative money.
15. 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Gave Us Actual Nightmares
Nightmare Before Christmas came out in the '90s. We're still not sure if it's supposed to be a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie. Just to be safe we'd watch it around both holidays. It's a good movie! It deserves to be watched twice a year!