Originally Posted by joyful
Thank you for sharing. It's nice to read about past Christmas decades. My Dad who was born in 1923, one of nine children told me gifts were very rare but he did remember getting a pocket knife (it was his only gift) and he was thrilled.
I thank God for a Dad who even though he never had much as a child growing up, he made sure his children had wonderful Christmases and my parents did it in a way that made me so grateful but never expecting and being bratty. That is quite an accomplishment.
Originally Posted by Santa's Helper
My mom did the same for my brother and me. She was one of 8 kids and they had nothing. She never got anything for Christmas unless her older sister, who was 17 years older than her, brought all of the kids something. By that time she was married and out of the house so she would sometimes bring a gift for each of them. My mom always made sure we had a nice Christmas and she still does even though we didn't have a lot of money growing up either.
Great stories! I agree that money doesn't make Christmas special it's being with family and what's in your heart.
I told my daughter the other day that Christmas is a magical time of year and it's "free"! The spirit of Christmas doesn't cost a penny and in today's society people think you have to be loaded and spend a fortune to have a good Christmas. Of course you want a roof over your head and food on the table, if you have that, it's all you need. I have fell on tough financial times but it NEVER ruined a Christmas for me. I enjoyed family, music, movies, decorations and of course the birth of Jesus!
Last year my daughter and her family fell on hard times. She got upset because she couldn't buy gifts for everyone and felt Christmas was ruined. I set her straight real quick and I know I taught her better than that. I said you will enjoy the holidays and all that matters is that we all get together and enjoy Christmas Day! I told her not to worry about her kids, the rest of the family will buy for them. It went very well and she did enjoy Christmas after all.