By Sarah Pruitt
Christmas shopping for kids has only gotten crazier in the last few decades. Every year, it seems, there’s at least one must-have toy that has shoppers lining up in droves. In the most extreme cases, shortages of the current most-hyped Christmas toy have resulted in mass chaos and even violence. Some of these Christmas breakouts are short-lived fads (remember Teddy Ruxpin?) but some have real sticking power, and deserve to be called classics. In the spirit of holiday nostalgia, here are the stories behind some of the most popular toys of Christmases past, from 1910 all the way through the 2000s.
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