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November 30, 2010

The World Is Too Much With Us

I'll admit it, my Christmas seasons are simple. We haven't done gifts for years and years, we weren't even living at home the last two years so no tree, I quit sending cards when postage went up to .15 cents...mid-70's? In spite of that kind of humbuggerish attitude I do enjoy the season very much. I do appreciate that people go to a lot of work to light up their homes and I love taking an evening just to drive around and look at them. I sing along with Rudolph and I LOVE The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Sometimes we do hang our Christmas stocking which are large and grow funny bulges as December progresses.

But there doesn't seem anywhere to go where we can shut off the world and enjoy something simple. Something so rare in the house that we'd go back to it over and over...I'm talking about the 1950's women's magazines that always had a 4-6 page Christmas story for children with lovely graphics. My brother and I LOVED them! It was the only month of the year mother would buy magazines. It's been a long long time ago when a kid would or could be entertained for a month with a ten cent publication. And it wouldn't be politically correct anymore anyway.

Saying that makes me suddenly realize that now, in her 80's, magazine subscriptions are mother's hobby, the more unusual the better. It's the only thing of hers I'd like to inherit; her neatly boxed issues surely hold a wealth of interesting fun for my info-junkie mind.
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5 comments:

virtualquilter said...

Me thinks you could be lost to the rest of the world for a long time amongst all of those magazines, but what a magic world for you!

Judy B

Kim said...

And the ads from back then...so much fun to look at. What year were you born?
I was born the first week of 1953, number 5 child of 7 kids.
Now we had really simple Christmases back then.....new socks and underwear with a whole orange we didn't have to share.
Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.

Have fun doing the mystery...I've done all of Bonnie's mysteries and love them all!

Happy Sewing

Piecefulafternoon said...

I love those old magazines too - every now and then I come across a bunch at yard sales and swoop them up and enjoy every page - often they are some I've seen before years ago and the enjoyment is doubled.

Ethne said...

Oh how right you are - 'retail' has taken over Christmas and spoilt it
In our home we enjoy the decorations, we limit gifts and cards but treasure the time shared together
Past Christmas' weren't poor but full of love and blessings, unlike many today, where greed and one up manship rule unfortunately

Peggi said...

Nobody remembers The Cinnamon Bear. It's still on, but I can't get anyone to pipe down, turn off the tv and computers long enough to actually listen to it. Some days I long to be a hermit in a quiet, electronics-limited world.