This Is What Christmas Looked Like The Year You Were Born

Take a trip down the holiday memory lane with us!

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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Okay, so Christmas is still a week away, but the festivities have already started. Miley Cyrus, who hosted the 2015 Video Music Awards, attended the New York premiere of "A Very Murray Christmas" where she gave

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Now more than ever people just people love putting for the holidays. You likely saw at least a few Christmas cards with Santa dogs in 2014.

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Released in theaters in late November (right before the holiday season!), Frozen captured the hearts of every kid under 5. Okay, some were slightly older. Like 40, but there's a good reason why — we could not !

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Yes, it's a seamless part of our vocabulary now, but it was just a few years ago that Time named "selfie" . We bet almost half of the holiday family photos you see now are taken with a smartphone.

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Right before Christmas in 2010, people enjoyed a beautiful, total (seen here in New York City). It was the first time since 1638 that an eclipse coincided with winter solstice, making it a historic event.

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There's always a must-have Christmas toy. And in 2009, it was . They were so popular, stores couldn't keep the h robotic hamsters on their shelves.

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With fuel prices on the rise, the word "" gained traction this year as more people opted to stay home.

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2007

With the start of the Great Recession, holiday shoppers would begin to feel a financial pinch for the next few years to come.

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Move aside, Xbox and Playstation — the Nintendo Wii became the cool console to get in 2006 thanks to its motion-sensing controller. Little did people know the futuristic technology might actually give them .

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hit bookstores in 2005, prompting a and the accompanying doll all December long.

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2004

Back in the White House for her husband's second term, First Lady Laura Bush chose "A Season of Merriment and Melody" for the holiday theme.

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became instant classic holiday flick thanks to Will Ferrell's abundance of Christmas spirit.

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2002

It was this year that the overtly sexy Bratz dolls took over the top spot in the doll market as Tweens increasingly requested the "anti-Barbies."

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2001

Long before Blue Ivy or even Jay-Z was in the picture, Beyonce and the rest of Destiny's Child performed at the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center on November 28.

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A California power crisis that year didn't stop residents, like this one, from decking the halls with holiday lights. Hopefully it wasn't .

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In an effort to promote itself as a Christmas destination, Disneyland started festooning Main Street right after Halloween this year. Talk about .


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If you were a kid in 1998, you probably asked for a for Christmas. The only problem is no one could ever understand what it was saying and it didn't stop making noise. Ever!

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1997

Furbys weren't the only h toys in hot demand – '90s kids were also hot for new Beanie Babies to add to their growing collections.

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Possibly one of the hottest toy crazes of all time, Tickle Me Elmo was . Scalpers sold the toy on a secondary market for up to $1,500.

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At the height of her career, Whitney Houston's rendition of the holiday classic, "Do You Hear What I Hear?," was one of the late singer's best performances. , and get ready to get chills.

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1993

Some people may want to file it under Halloween, but The Nightmare Before Christmas, which hit theaters on October 29, definitely made the holidays a little spookier.

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1992

Charles Dickens probably never envisioned furry puppets reenacting his Christmas classic, but that's exactly what happened in The Muppets Christmas Carol, featuring Kermit as Bob Cratchit.

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1991

Proving family comes above all, the first President Bush gathered up his grandkids for a cozy Christmas reading session in the White House. Do we spot a mini Jenna and Barbara Bush?

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When (and Macaulay Culkin's iconic scream) graced movie theaters in 1990, not even the creators knew how successful — and hilarious — it would be.

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The only thing better than a Christmas comedy is a Christmas comedy starring Chevy Chase and the rest of the Griswold family. showed us just how "perfect" the holidays can be.

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1988

On the top of kids' Christmas lists this year were Pictionary and Nintendo Entertainment Systems.

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Back in 1987, Diana (Kate who?) and Prince William wore this adorable coat to the Christmas Day service.

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1986

A series of mishaps almost ruined their holiday, but the Golden Girls still managed to celebrate Christmas – and their three Emmy awards – in 1986.

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This -winning book first graced children's nightstands in 1985 and it's still ranked as one of the top picture books of all time. It was even made into a movie in 2004 starring .

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The premiere of the made-for-television was a big deal in 1994. Starring George C. Scott as Scrooge, it's said to be the best of all the versions past, present, and future.

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