Montreal Daily Star, 27 October 1906, page 4

Christmas once more.

Just two months to Christmas!  Think of it—two short months.  Let us all be wise virgins and have our lamps trimmed in time.  Which means let us start early on our Christmas gifts.  It is none too soon to begin to prepare for the great gift-giving day.  Indeed some wise women have begun long ago, have been working all through the summer on various pretty things to be taken out of their wrappings two months hence.

We have said before in this column and would like to say again that there is no pleasure to be got out of Christmas if we are not methodical about it.  If everything is left to the last moment it becomes a weariness of the flesh and not—as it should be—a time of joy and gladness.  Therefore, be business-like and make up your mind to have two things this year.  One is a Christmas book and the other is a Christmas box.  The former is a complete record of all presents and cards sent and received, all letters written; the latter some handy receptacle for things that will be useful at Christmas.  It should be in service all the year round.  Suppose if in the summer sales we see a piece of ribbon or silk at some ridiculous price, we say, “just the thing for a Christmas bag or sachet,” and pop it goes into the Christmas box.  Or perhaps it is a vase on the bargain counter, or a buckle, or some little trifle.  Anything pretty or dainty or useful is grist to the Christmas mill.  There is one girl in this city who does this and when Autumn comes she looks over her box and begins to decide upon what’s for who—so to put it.  Then all the silk and lace and ribbon is transformed by her clever fingers into acceptable gifts.  For there are acceptable gifts and inacceptable gifts.  Men, for instance, are not fond of being deluged with marvelous tie and handkerchief holders.  The average man prefers to keep his handkerchiefs loose in his top drawer, and hang his ties over the gas bracket or bureau top, to putting them neatly away in beautifully embroidered holders.  A really useful little gift for a man is a linen or silk bag to hold his collars when travelling.  This is made with stiff bottom and sides, and gathers in at the top, and takes little room while keeping the collars clean and uncrushed.  There are dozens of practical gifts which can be made for Christmas, but it requires thought and study of individual peculiarities to hit upon them.  It is no use making a set of lovely scented pads for bureau drawers for the girl who abhors perfume in any shape or form, nor a pink pin cushion for the girl whose room is all blue.  Start right off to think out your Christmas presents.  It will be such a pleasure and relief to find your box running over before the busy December days dawn.

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