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Food for thought: Holiday wish list from 1913

What a difference a century makes. I recently ran across a list of children’s most requested Christmas gifts from 1913. No iPhone, X-Box, or designer label clothing. While some of the items — dolls, candy, skates — still resonate today, the list clearly reflects a simpler time:

  • Candy
  • Nuts
  • Rocking horse
  • Doll
  • Mittens/Gloves
  • Toy Train
  • Oranges
  • Books
  • Hankerchiefs
  • Skates

Yes, things were much simpler in 1913, and some would argue that we’ve become too materialistic with our big screen televisions and SUVs. Maybe, but after I wrap this up I’m heading outside to clear a foot of snow off my driveway, and am thankful that I have a snowblower, not an old wooden shovel to do the job.

Happy holidays to you and yours.

Your turn. Does this list represent a better, more practical time? Or is it more important to appreciate what you have, whatever era you live?


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