Buying Gifts for Christmas

"Kris at Old Plank about 1962"
Me at Old Plank in 1962. I was 15. I believe this was several years after the memory.

Another memory from Ruff Draft 1990, this time mine.

I remember the first year I was old enough to try and buy presents for all my relatives.  I must have been about 12 or 13.  I just had my allowance.  I saved up and got presents for several great aunts, seven or eight cousins, parents, a sister, numerous aunts and uncles and my grandparents.   There was a dime store in Milford, Michigan where we used to go when we spent time up at the farm on Old Plank Road.  There I bought several perfume atomizers for the great aunts and a set of wooden alphabet blocks for little Blair and a cast iron trivet with a country snow scene for my mother.  I bought something for everybody.  I don’t know why I didn’t make cookies or something.  I don’t remember how anybody liked their gifts but I worried a lot about if they would or not.

8 thoughts on “Buying Gifts for Christmas”

  1. You nailed that moment, Kristin. I vividly remember the first present I gave – not the dorky kid things we made in art class but the one I selected and presented. I've no clue what presents I got that year.

  2. What a lovely post and the accompanying photo frames the post beautifully. I'm now following your blog and I look forward to many more enjoyable posts.

  3. you look just like tulani! don't you think so? love this. i remember when you did it. can't remember what you gave me though i remember being impressed with how unselfishly you spent your money!
    pearl

  4. I know what you mean about worrying about whether people will like the gifts you give them. I worry so much that I don't even like giving gifts. Lately, my sister, brother and niece (what's left of our immediate family) go shopping together at Christmas and buy each other what we want. It's not quite the same as the Christmas surprises but a lot less worrying and it's fun.
    Your posts are always so interesting.

  5. Loved your memories post. Am wondering about the Old Plank Rd. you mentioned. Ironically, there is an Old Plank Cemetery (Carroll County, I believe) Mississippi. Am now wondering if it was started by residents who migrated from Alabama.

  6. The old plank road in my life was in Michigan. still is in Michigan. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t named by Alabamians. I think I will google old plank road’s. Maybe there was some construction method involving roads in the past.

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