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    Dec 18, 2017

    Here Are 19 Things From Christmastime In 1997 That Are Like Time Traveling 20 Years Back

    A lot of things were different two decades ago.

    1. The Toys "R" Us catalog was trying to sell video games and systems from that era, like Super Nintendos and Nintendo 64s.

    Toys "R" Us

    2. Before the days of streaming services, binge-watching holiday TV episodes and movies looked like this.

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    3. Disney had recently released a direct-to-video holiday special, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.


    4. Blockbuster was encouraging folks to rent videos and "Make it a Blockbuster holiday."

    Blockbuster Video

    5. Nickelodeon was running Christmas-themed specials, like "Reindeer Appreciation Week," which consisted of different series' holiday episodes...


    6. ...and the "Nick Nog Holiday Cartoon Bash," a block of cartoon Christmas specials.


    7. This magnificent Coca-Cola Christmas ad was popping up at seemingly every commercial break.


    8. The US's best-selling holiday album of 1997 was Hanson's Snowed In.

    Mercury / PolyGram

    9. The very first 24-hour long marathon of A Christmas Story began on Christmas Eve of 1997, and it's continued ever since.

    MGM/UA Entertainment Co.

    10. Ads for Titanic were everywhere, as it was released on December 19, 1997.

    Paramount Pictures

    11. Ads for Mr. Magoo were running ahead of its Christmas Day release.


    12. Everyone's least favorite Home Alone was released on December 12, 1997.

    20th Century Fox

    13. Kmart was running Christmas commercials starring Rosie O'Donnell and Penny Marshall.


    14. KFC was selling Giga Pets for $7.99 with the purchase of a meal.


    15. Boy Meets World was on its fifth season, and their holiday episode, "A Very Topanga Christmas," first aired on December 19, 1997.


    16. Kraft was selling Charlie Brown-themed macaroni and cheese.


    17. There was a Backstreet Boys Disney Christmas Parade.


    18. Both Disney and Nickelodeon featured the movie Flubber, on the cover of their respective magazines.

    Nickelodeon / Disney

    19. And finally, Tamagotchis were the top selling toy in 1997, making many kids' Christmas lists across the globe.

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