There have always been presents under our tree. Perhaps they weren’t “wonderful” or just what our children “always wanted”, but somehow we found a way to make sure our children opened presents at Christmas. Some years we saved money. Some years we borrowed money. Some years we got help from strangers.
I often wonder how my parents managed to buy gifts for us, especially during the years when there were four of us at home. Money was always scarce, but I think my parents must have been very resourceful. I also think that our expectations were simpler. I often requested a doll, but I can’t remember ever asking for a “Princess Barbie with a pink outfit and a pink car and a pink phone” as one of my students recently did. I simply wasn’t aware of what existed. No television ads, no magazine display ads. If I saw a doll it was in a store window or at the local department store. And BTW, we did a lot of our shopping in the “China town” section of the city where we lived. I loved oriental dolls and still have one.
Today marks the celebration of one of my two best Christmas presents. I was privileged to have two holiday babies! Karen was two weeks late when she arrived on December 8. Two years later, her sister Katrina was two weeks early and was born on January 4. Both have always been adamant about getting separate birthday gifts, and NOT wrapped in leftover Christmas paper! Lol
I hope you have presents under your tree and you will also help make sure that someone else has presents under theirs.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN!!