The other day, before all of the sick little girl stuff happened, my family celebrated my Mom’s birthday. We bought her a couple things she had asked us for, but my wife wanted something a little more personal to give her. Well, we had our daughter do a little painting, a little marker drawing and a little crayon doodling on a piece of paper and then we went to the local Dollar General for an inexpensive (cheap) frame.
Now, we don’t go to Dollar General very often because those places tend to be on the less than clean side and to be honest a little depressing. In fact, even though we have lived in this town for three years, we had never been to this particular Dollar General. When we got there, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not only clean, but I would even say it was nice inside. The best part for me, though, was the merchandise.
The place was filled with Christmas merchandise. These particular goods were all really inexpensive, I’m talking one or two
dollars for most items, and surely mass produced, but seeing this stuff just made me feel happy. For example, you know those tins of popcorn with the cute winter scenes painted on them? I think if I got one of those from you for Christmas, you would be my new best friend. I don’t know why.
There were other items there. They had Christmas wreaths, cardboard snowmen, Santa Clauses , and all typed of candles and candy. Maybe it made me think about my childhood, how even the cheapest gift, something my parents just thought of at the last minute as a stocking stuffer, could sometimes be my favorite.
Anyhow, how are you all doing with your “Christmas Spirit” or “Holiday Spirit”? I know Diane made a cute Santa Clause themed book the other day. How about you?