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Off The Editor’s Desk – 12-23-2015

Off The Editor’s Desk – 12-23-2015


Don’t outgrow Christmas.

Don’t give presents that are a pleasure for ten minutes, and a burden and worry for ten years.

Don’t spend so much on Christmas that you can’t get even with the butcher and the grocer until March.

Don’t you women; don’t buy neckties for your men-folks. Don’t encourage them in being bigger guys than necessary.

Don’t give your wife something she doesn’t care for, just because you want it yourself. This “don’t” works the other way just as well.

Don’t put off buying your presents until the afternoon before Christmas, unless you are of a sociable disposition and are easily satisfied.

Don’t try to find the price marked on the gifts you receive. If the gifts are worth having, they seem something that will last a good deal longer.

Don’t forget the Bob Cratchits and the Tiny Tims — that is, unless you are unregenerate Old Scrooge, in which case forgetfulness can be explained.

Don’t check off each gift you receive against each present that you gave, and calculate whether you made or lost.  Christmas is not the time to be any smaller or meaner than you can help.

Don’t waste any of your pity on the long-haired youths who lie at the bottom of the heap in football scrimmages. You will need all our pity yourself in the rush at the holiday counter.

Reprinted from the Glenwood Tribune of December 22, 1898

May I take this opportunity to say a big thank you for all the support from letters and positive comments that I received over this past year, and also to those of you have who told me that I should change my ways, those are appreciated too.

Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Thanks for reading!       ~Carlton