I wanted to share an excerpt from a book I'm reading right now that I thought is perfect for the season:
"This Christmas," Father said to them, "there is a war; and I am poorer. You'll have to do a lot for yourselves. You'll have presents, of course, but perhaps not such fine one as before. Try to remember how lucky we are. A family living together in a nice funny old house: a family that is fortunate enough to have light, and food, and warmth, and no fear of anything."
"That's quite a lot," Rush said afterward. "I've been reading the papers and know that that's quite a lot for us to have."
"So this year they made Christmas for themselves and it was fun. More fun, really, than buying things ready-made." ... [read the entire book online]
- Page 109 of The Four-Story Mistake (1942), by Elizabeth Enright