I believe these pictures are from a 1942 Spiegel Christmas catalog. The first one reminds me of the Christmas I got one of the chenille robes similar to the one pictured. It was so cozy and I loved it. I might have been in the eighth grade. We just didn't get lots and lots of gifts like most of the kids do today nor were there nearly as many "things" for us to wish to find under the tree. It is overwhelming what is out there under the name of toys anymore.
Here is a page from the same catalog - girls toys centered around dolls, buggies, play teasets, etc. All the simple things. I remember Santa bringing our daughter, Sherry, a "Nurse Nancy" outfit and bag with a stethoscope, thermometer, pills, etc. - oh, and glasses! We all took turns that day being "sick" so Nurse Nancy could administer healing to us. I think the only picture I have of that is in a little old home movie. She was so serious about her job. That was in the early 1950's.
Some more of the simple toys from back in the 40's when this catalog was published. What a different life back then. It would be nice if we could recapture some of the simplicity - have the good parts of then and now together. Actually, only older people knew how it was then - and "right now" will be the "back then" for the young ones today. So there you go! (Click to enlarge)