What do we say?

I’ve often been told that my mom was always proud of me. Well, I can think of one thing that she wouldn’t be crazy about– my lack of always following through with thank you notes, especially for gifts. She’d be even more uneasy that I haven’t been making sure my princesses (well, maybe just the eight year old) write their thank you’s promptly. I think she even used to give a note card set as one of my gifts. Her persistence with her children (I wasn’t the only pupil) worked, though- all and their offspring always follow through with thank you notes. Not a shabby track record, considering she had seven children (with over nineteen grandkids!)

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May in December

One of the biggest cultural contributors to the commercialization of Christmas is by far “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Rudolph was created by Robert L. May in 1939, a copyrighter for Montgomery Ward. During the holiday seasons, the retailer would buy and give away holiday themed coloring books for children. In an effort to cut costs, they decided to create their own and produce the books in-house (go in-house art depts.!)  and charged May to come up with an original story concept. Inspired by a combination of the Ugly Duckling story (May’s own childhood of being slighted and teased for being scrawny), and May’s own daughter’s fascination with deer, Rudolph was born. Montgomery Ward distributed over 2.5 million books that season (keep in mind that this was prior to internet sales, so in-store traffic was very important!)

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