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Christmas Memory # 7 – Whirlwind Eve

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For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.

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I’ll call this one Whirlwind Eve. That’s because it was Christmas Eve, and I was in a whirlwind of activity.

When you’re still just kind of starting out, trying to make everything festive at Christmas is sometimes not all that easy. We didn’t have much money back then, but still wanted to get gifts for everyone in the family, and some for our friends.

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The mister only got paid at his job on Christmas Eve, so after he came home, we’d have to go do all our shopping then. It was always a race to get it all done before the stores closed for the evening. There weren’t any 24 hours open stores back then. They might have stayed open until six or eight o’clock; I’m not sure.

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Let’s see – back then everyone bought everyone in the family something, and also for any friends. I’m pretty sure there were 20 in all. We had to budget only $100 for it all, including wrapping paper and things like tape and tags and bows. Our gifts had to be $5 or less. All had to be done within an hour or so.

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Then we had to go home, wrap it all up, and get ready to go to our friend’s family gathering, of which we were always a part of. It was fun, though, and we’d make it in time. We wouldn’t get back home until midnight or later, then get up early on Christmas morning to go to my family’s houses (Mom’s for gifts and Grandma’s for lunch and more gifts)

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These kind of whirlwind Christmas Eve & Christmas mornings were the usual, even up to when we had our own girls. But then we moved far away, and we’d have our own little celebrations for the holidays with the four of us. It was quite a bit different, but wonderful anyway. We did miss the earlier kind of days, and now remember them fondly.

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little pictures from Free Clip Art

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Christmas Memory # 5 – Odd Gifts

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For the days up until Christmas I’ll be sharing some short memories of Christmases past that I remember.

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Have you ever gotten a sort of strange gift from someone for your Christmas present? I’ve had a few like that.

Once, when I was a kid, I was expecting some kind of toy I guess, but what I got was a set of suitcases. They were a set of three – large, medium, and a smaller one for maybe make-up things. They were made of hard plastic (?) material, and blue.

If I’d been older, and did a lot of traveling I might have appreciated them then, but it would be a long time until I ever traveled anywhere. I did use them though, at that much later time.

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I don’t know if women still use portable hair dryers on their curler rolled hair or not, but I did many years ago. This was actually a pretty good gift at the time, but still was odd. It was a large egg-shaped portable hair dryer that had a fold out neck with a hood you sit under. It was supposed to be like being at the beauty salon using their hair dryers.

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Now, these were pretty odd, I think. I got electric saws. Yes, the kind you cut wood with. I’d at some point mentioned I liked the big plywood cut out shapes for Christmas that people put out in the yard for decoration. It would be fun to make some and paint them. That’s all. So what did I get? A hand held kind of jig-saw that I had no idea how to use. We didn’t have any wood to cut, either.

Then the next year, I got another one. Only this one was a big jig-saw that you had to bolt onto a work table. Still didn’t know how to use one, or even wanted to by then. We did check prices on plywood – pretty expensive, so didn’t get any. The mister tried using the saw on some small wood pieces, and that didn’t work very well. So, here we are with two saws nobody uses. Here’s the one on the work table – it’s still there after many years.

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Anyway, I’m sure there have been other odd gifts I’ve gotten over the years. How about you?

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