It is coming up on Christmas, just in case some of you haven’t noticed. I sat out at Mark’s house after supper yesterday and watched the news; he has closed Caption on for me. Sooooo I know if you watch TV you KNOW it is Christmas and everyone has something to sell you. I have seen this coming for a long time. This BIG DEBT Christmas we have grown into. It is the Center of all Retail business now, just the Christmas season.
There have always been a few folks who went all out and bought elaborate gifts they could not afford for Christmas presents. When that is done they feel they must do MORE the next Christmas. I read and mentioned it earlier that there are 17 million American families who are still paying on last year’s Christmas. To put one’s self under that stress is doing no one any good.
During my childhood (and before) most gifts given were reasonable, there were layaway plans folks took advantage of and paid for the gifts in advance. There were Christmas clubs where folks put back a dollar a week and drew it out the first of December and $50 would buy ALL the presents, and they were paid for.
(This has been on my Christmas list forever, reckon this is the year?)
More than once I have heard men say on the first of January, man, I shouldn’t have spent so much on Christmas, the Car insurance (or some recurring bill) is coming up and I will have to borrow to pay it. Later they see the ‘gifts’ lay untouched in rooms, yards or garages.
Fortunately we have never gone head over heels in debt for Christmas. Not that we were scrooges, but we knew it all had to be paid for. Some Mom’s and Dad’s cannot tell the kid(s), ‘this year we cannot afford that ‘blankety blank’ you want; it is just not possible and keep you in school clothes and food.’ I would think most kids could understand if it was explained.
(WOW! you would be surprised if you searched the web for pictures of a babydoll!)
Enough of the finance talk, what is the actual very best Christmas present you ever received? Did you ever have repetitive presents, like skates, yo-yos, Cowboy stuff, or baby dolls? Did you ever wear your skate wheels out and have to replace them? Oh, I don’t think I ever lost a skate key, did YOU? WOW, Did you ever get a bicycle?
I got two bicycles, one used in 1946 and a new J.C. Higgins bike in1950, man I was in hog heaven, it had a horn!
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Actual note to God from a child: