THE MAGIC TOY CUPBOARD . . . remembering toys of Christmas past

I celebrated my first Christmas with Hansel in 1945.  At that time toys from Europe were extremely rare.  World War two had just ended.  Almost everything was in short supply.  Rationing was still in effect and  Christmas candy was difficult to buy. Hansel met with an accident .  Celluloid is rather fragile and he lost part of his arm.  It was replaced with a Christmas hard candy.  An unusual repair but 77 years later Hans still has a candy arm.  I love him  for being such a brave boy continuing to celebrate Christmas in a rather old fashioned way.

Hansel came with a sister.  Gretel.  Years past they were always displayed together on our parents Christmas tree.  A few years ago my sister Heather and I decided to share this much loved Christmas toy.  Gretel is still in perfect condition and  now resides under my sister’s tree. 

And now the story of the Magic Toy Cupboard. 



Afterwards,  in the times to come,  she remembered

the toy cupboard.


The fierce dragon guarding the castle.

The swashbuckling  wizard with his magic watch.  A watch to make wishes come true.


The Hussar with his fierce and splendid moustache

riding to the castle

to rescue  the princess.


The books.  Bed-time stories.  Fairy tales.  Tales of adventure.  Words whispered into the night.


Afterwards in the times to come  she remembered her sailor dolls.

They rode away in a sea green boat hunting for treasures and far away lands, and returned with

stories of vast oceans and high mountains.



The china mouse always wore an elegant pink velvet jacket.

He fell in love with the china doll.

She only had eyes for the dashing firemen.


Afterwards, afterwards in the times she remembered.

The fire engine raced to rescue the tumbled soldier.


Her Okasan whispered  haiku and

flung the words into the sky.


Afterwards, afterwards  in the times to come

she remembered Hans.

Hans who Christmas after Christmas

kept the memories together.


Afterwards, afterwards in the years to come

she collected the toys.

Tucked them safely in the toy cupboard.

Then each Christmas she shared her memories of joy

with the young and the young at heart.


13 thoughts on “THE MAGIC TOY CUPBOARD . . . remembering toys of Christmas past

    • Can you think of a better combination. The Kewpie dolls are a delight. The tiny ceramic dolls are similar to ones I used to buy at Woolworth’s for 5 cents. Then I would sew tiny dresses for them. XX Virginia

    • One simply has to take one’s toys out and play with them once in a while. I have a lot of fun with my toy cupboard and it is packed to the rafters with memories. XX Virginia

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