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Better to give than receive
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 4:23 PM

By Jim Langham

Earlier this week I was having a conversation with an elderly lady in a nursing home; our discussion about her perception of an, “old fashioned Christmas,” brought back heartwarming memories of long ago Christmas and stories my grandmother used to tell about her Christmas experiences.

The lady I was talking to explained that she and her mother used to spend two weeks before Christmas making cookies and candy to be given away to people who wouldn’t be receiving anything for Christmas. There would be one week of making candy and a second week of making cookies.

Then, her mother would visit the grocery store to salvage small boxes suitable for packing with Christmas goodies. But, it wasn’t only cookies and candy that would be stuffed into the boxes. For months before Christmas, her mother would crochet, making doilies, pot holders and handkerchiefs to add to the Christmas box.