Father loved Christmas and usually began preparations well in advance. But one year he decided to change his practice, at least where our Christmas tree was concerned. Many people decorate their tree on Christmas Eve. It's part of a religious or social custom. Sometimes it's just family tradition.
One year, because of plant layoffs and father's frugality, we did it out of necessity. Father said he wasn't cheap, just cautious with money. As a child of the depression, he always sought a good bargain. Now that I look back on it, he might have had a cheap side to him.
Volume 17, Number 100, December 2014/January 2015 Newcomer by S.B. Julian
A new house, new garden, fresh start ... First morning after moving day, I take a coffee onto the porch and survey my new back yard. It is small, but after condo living it beckons like a horticultural wonderland. It has, to borrow the most famous expression in gardening, "capability". Read More
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