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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 Trie IflHBRIDGE HERAIO Salurtfoy, Detember 13. 1972 family life by MAUREEN JAMIcSON MY V.'illvum tells me he feels more sympathy for Scrooge with even- passing year, but I found out this week lie is merely talking a big fight. Each Christmas I've had to juggle my budget prettv carefully; but with a stretch here and a tug there' and the odd nip or two, I've always managed to stick within my this year. J blew it by about 525. And after umpteen years. I discovered that when we plan what we're going to spend, my husband, knowing mv inability to add two and two and come up with the right "answer, mentally tacks on 850 "just in case." All this time I could have been blowing a whole heaping helping oi extra money that I never knew about I Next Christmas I plan to make up for all those unspent S50s. V.Tiat I really enjoy about this time of year is the hurrv scurry and excitement of the week be- fore the big day. when everyone in the house is busy smuggling in special gifts and trying to wrap them without letting on what they're doing. Xo matter how much scotch tape have on hand, it always disappears at a vital time. This sets off a heavy run on bandaids to hold paper and rib- bons in place. Our Sons One and Three have inherited their fa- ther's native Scottish caution over money matters, so Christmas shopping is never a problem for them. .Son Two, our open-handed free spender, flies strictly and optimistically by the seat of his pants and somehow or other each year he manages to come through with gifts for everybody. And when there are only two shopping days left, Son Four suddenly realizes he's bankrupt. He revs up his motor and in a frantic spurt of energy clears sidewalks, vacuums carpets and volunteers for extra dish washing to earn money to buy gifts. Unfortunately our two girls take after their moth- er and can't hang on to money any longer than it takes to get to the store. But there is one thing about Christmas that never ceases to puzzle me. Perhaps some day, some great scientific brain will explain in words of one syllable or less just why it is that three carloads of gifts and goodies equal seven carloads of garbage to be hauled to the dump. Oldtime Christinas traditions add sparkle to festivities By JEAN SHAHP CP Women's Editor TORONTO