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Image by beccaplusmolly via Flickr When I was a kid, often our Christmas stockings had individually wrapped gifts. Each gift might be small, but it was exciting to open them!  And it was only later we realized Santa used the wrapping paper my mother carefully saved from presents the year before. Santa was thrifty! And those Christmas stocking stuffers were often something we could enjoy for more than just a moment or two. I remember practical gifts, such as socks and Chapsticks.  I don’t ever recall feeling deprived of toys, although many of today’s children might feel that way. You... (Read More ...)

Remember the childhood excitement of Christmas? Being so excited you were sure you wouldn’t sleep? And suddenly waking before dawn, ready to see what Santa brought in your Christmas stocking? Maybe even under the Christmas stockings. In good times, sometimes it’s easy to forget that simple is exciting too. This year many folks are considering cutting back for the holidays. When thinking of simple Christmases, I think first of the Christmas Laura and Mary spent in Kansas Territory in Little House on the Prairie. Image via Wikipedia Their home was small, and isolated from their neighbors.... (Read More ...)