HOLIDAYS DO NOT HAVE TO BE STRESSFUL nor terribly expensive if you slip back in time when Christmas was less technologically and commercially driven. People purchased presents all year long and made gifts as they could when time permitted. Christmas items did not come into the stores until the day after Thanksgiving.

Anticipation and excitement have been stolen and reconstituted into mundane infomercials on how to make people feel guilty for not buying overpriced items they do not want or need. The beauty of antiques is that they are like hidden treasures that need to be found and when found they are what our hearts desire. Santa knows what we want. The magic of Christmas is not only in the cooking and baking of delectable treats that make the whole house smell of heaven, but to give something needed or wanted or more decadent than someone would ever spend on themselves or which they would never find on their own.

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