August 1, 2014

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In My Opinion

By Jim Langham:

How priorities change

I will never forget the fall and early winter that my grandmother spent making doilies to be distributed as Christmas presents for family members. Any time she wasn’t busy with something else, she would be sitting by the old wood stove in the living room, crocheting various designs and colors of doilies to be placed under lamps, figurines and other small items of importance. It was the type of an idea that a grandma would think of, a dear old old lady wanting to leave handiwork behind for family members to enjoy for years to come.

As our family Christmas reunion approached, I, along with cousins of elementary age, began to speculate what we were going to get for Christmas that year. Cars, trucks, baseballs, bats, jack-in-the-box, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, various games, and other items for fun were popular gifts to receive in those days.

In our case, family members would gather together at someone’s house on a rotating basis. While adults would have a name drawing type of gift exchange, everyone brought gifts for all of the kids.