What Christmas Means To Me

I was flat broke ten Christmastimes ago. I brought my entire cd/dvd collection to an independently owned store that often accepted these items for cash or store credit. I walked in with two filled plastic grocery market bags and got in the line for the cashier. I was in a bad mood because I did not want to part with my collection and I was broke at the worst time of the year. I was the last person in line from the time I joined it until the time I was next. All of a sudden, a lady partially obstructed my path to the cashier. She was holding some merchandise. I did not know if her intention was to cut in front of me or just ask a question. I got upset but remained silent. As the customer at the cashier’s counter received his receipt, I made sure to hurry around the lady and put my bags up on the counter. The cashier informed me that the store was not currently giving cash or store credit for used items. I was crushed because this was my last shot at having spending money for the rest of the year. I lifted my bags off the counter and left. As I headed toward the bus stop, a lady’s voice called out to me from behind. I turned around and saw the lady who had partially obstructed my path to the cashier. She gave me $100 cash and said, “Merry Christmas!” I was shocked. I told her that I could not accept it. She just smiled and walked back toward the store. I told her, “God bless you.” Christmastime is very special. It brings out the best in the people who celebrate it. Stevie Wonder’s What Christmas Means To Me (1967) elaborates on these points. It is a wonderful song that is worthy of its own subject.

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A Cubic Zirconia Wedding Ring?

A girl shouldn’t have to fake it for the sake of pleasing her partner.

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At Last

Del Amo Fashion Center (Torrance, California) is one of the largest shopping malls in the United States. It was actually the largest one from 1981 to 1992. In the late 1980s, my paternal grandmother offered to go here with her grandchildren and buy us one toy each. I was around 10 or 12. My two sisters and two cousins were almost as excited as I was. Toys were sacred to me as a child. I used to wait to open them and stare at their unopened packages just to savor the moments. As huge as this mall was, there were only two toy stores. They were at opposite ends of the mall. My parents decided to drop all of us off at one end and pick us up at the other end. This way we could hit both toy stores and get some good exercise. When we got to the first toy store, I found the toy I wanted. It was a Freddy Krueger figurine from the A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. I brought it to my grandmother. She refused to buy it because she felt that it would probably be cheaper at the other toy store. We soon left the first toy store and walked all the way to the second one. Of course, this second toy store did not carry the item. When I told her that the Freddy Krueger figurine was the only toy I wanted, she looked me straight in the eye and said, “You certainly don’t expect me to walk all the way back there, do you?” I was furious. I was the only grandchild who did not go home with a toy. I am ashamed to admit that I still get angry whenever the memory pops up. My parents purchased the figurine for me about two weeks later and my grandmother reimbursed them. She reached 86 and passed away in 2004. One of her favorite songs was At Last (1960) by Etta James. It is also one of mine.

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A Point To Consider

Lots of us will end up burning the Thanksgiving turkey but not get a diamond to show for it.

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The Thanksgiving Debate

If we really want to give thanks, should the turkeys become dinner or diamonds?

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Sorry Charlie!

Anyone can make them laugh, but it takes a genius to make them giggle.

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The Truth About Honeymoons

I’m going to let you in on a well kept secret. Honeymoons are usually boring. Most couples get to where they arranged to go and find that there is absolutely nothing to do once they unpack. Even if they remembered to bring Monopoly, they discover that it’s not as much fun with only two players. This is why it is so important to have Heart In Diamond wedding rings. Couples can stay up and marvel at their awesome diamonds! Honeymoons can be wonderful when two people get to enjoy each other’s personal carbon.

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Bedtime Cinema

Dreams are a lot like movies except that you must sleep through them for enjoyment.

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Brides Do Not Have To Wear White

There are four other colors to choose from!

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Do You Help Others Basically Because It Makes You Feel Good?

How selfish of you.

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