By Rebecca Todd
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:16 PM EST
Ah, December. It's finally here. Most of us are rejoicing because, as we are reminded by countless television commercials, it's the hap, happiest time of the year. Others find it hard to celebrate since this is finally the fated month of the demise of civilization. If you are one of those people, I just want to mention that you are in such esteemed company as Tom Cruise, Shirley MacLaine, and Li'l Wayne. God bless you. Now stop reading because this column is not for you. I'm talking to the hap, happy people today. Yours is a story for another day.
So you're probably wondering what to get all the little ones on your Christmas list. Most of the little ones, if they are 6 months or older, probably want some kind of electronic gizmo that costs several hundred dollars. Rather than indulge them and attribute to their future societal dysfunction, why not present them with a classic gift; perhaps one that is in (cue trumpet intro), The National Toy Hall of Fame.
The National Toy Hall of Fame, established in 1998, "recognizes the contributions of toys and games that have sustained their popularity for many years." Criterion for induction includes icon-status, longevity, and innovation. It currently resides in the Strong National Museum of Play ("The Strong") in Rochester, N.Y.
As of this year, 51 toys have made it into (there go those trumpets again) The National Toy Hall of Fame. Among them are some that you would expect: a kite, a ball, a baby doll, playing cards, and a Frisbee, to name just a few. There are also some much beloved favorites such as Barbie, Lincoln Logs, Monopoly, and inducted this year, Star Wars figures.
Then there are the, shall we say, unusual items in the Hall of Fame. Among them are a blanket, a cardboard box, and a stick. Yes, I said a stick.
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