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The Week Before Christmas
By W. E. Hill
(Copyright. 1931, by the Chicago Tribune.)
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“I really thir.k Babe would rather have a
dumping truck than the doll house we planned,
Roy!” (Many a train back to the suburbs will
be missed during the week before Christmas
while mom and dad show Babe around the toy
department.) ‘
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“You’ve simply got to spend Christmas in the country
with us, Marion. Just an old-fashioned Christmas.”
Throughout these great United States the week preced
ing Christmas will be rife with young married couples
trying to corral a bevy of friends into the country for over
Christmas. Now is the time for these same friends to think
seriously about bad roads, guest room beds, one-pipe
furnaces and heavy December snows.
The debutante parties are at their best dur
ing the week before Christmas, and happy is the
proud mother who can entice a crowd of college
youths on vacation to her daughter's coming out.
(These three boys have about decided to leave
the party flat on account of the inferior quality
of beverage served.)
"Oh, yes, indeed, a canary
gets on beautifully in a home
where there are cats. You
won’t have any trouble at
all. They will grow to love
each other!" Ladies who
clerk in pet shops will
promise anything to a pro
spective customer during the
week before Christmas.
“Don’t worry, papa, maybe you’ll find a job today!" (A suggestion for those harassed souls
who say at Christmas time, “I don't know what to give her; she has everything.” Why not
send the money to those who have nothing?)
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Christmas would never be Christmas without the Christmas displays
in the shop windows, and department store managers are to be con
gratulated on keeping up this olde Yuletide custom.
The department store Santa Clauses are
not nearly so winsome as in years gone by,
and this is in a great measure due to the
depression, because most of them have
their minds pretty steadily on dividends and
market values.
“I always feel. Grace, that a janitor or
an elevator boy prefers something a little
more personal as a gift at Christmas
time!’
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At the perfume counters just before
Christmas you’ll see many a young man
sniffing seriously at sealed-up bottles of
"L'Oignon de Paris" or “Whiff de Pois
son," making believe they can really smell
the contents. Salesladies realize how
difficult this is and never sell a male
buyer anything under $12 a bottle, so he
will be on the safe side.
“ ‘Sanctuary.’ Now. that sounds just like
the sort of book to give Cousin Ed and
Cousin Louisa. They're so religious.” The
Christmas book department is always a safe
haven for the last-minute shopper.
Nowadays a college girl,
home for her Christmas vaca
tion. is careful not to be too
intellectual. Back in the
stone age a girl from Smith
or V’assar could start con
versation with her supper
partner by saying, “Do you
think that Chaucer or Hardy
was the precursor of the
modern novel?” or she could
say, “Do you think basket
ball or foot ball is the pret
tiest game?” and she would
be sure to make a hit. Today,
whatever the lead, a girl just
says, "Hot Cha-Cha!” and
will be considered a pretty
keen baby.

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