I wonder how many of us are thinking about economic choices in this rough climate. The holidays are rough on poor people. My favorite Christmas fiction is Gift of the Magi. I
remember being in Vermont and being invited by Northwind's family to spend Christmas with them. Of course I bought the Turkey and most of the food. They found a tree out back and I gave her mom a cashmere blanket that she loved but never used. The home was very poor, but for a day they feasted and had plenty.
Northwind is long gone, but I will never forget that Christmas with her family. Times were tough, but the Turkey wasn't even if her mother wouldn't let me cook it. It was a huge bird and nobody complained about leftovers or the odd ingredients I brought with me that remained. It was a great meal in a poor house with people I barely knew who were timeless as the holiday itself.
The youngsters gathered around as I read a childrens book from my youth. When I was a child the story of the Little Red Lighthouse was a favorite.
Its funny how there wasn't much there, but it was special.
I hope everyone has a Happy Holidays. Some of the best memories such as a parent reading a book or eating a meal together do not cost much.