"Santa only gave us perhaps an orange, a few little books, crayons and sweets, but the important thing was that Santa had come." -- Aine Aherne
"Christmas used to be very different than it is now; if my parents had what we
spend on toys they would have been rich indeed. A few days before the grocery
boy arrived with the dray (cart) and a Christmas box, the ingredients for cake
and pudding with a large candle in the middle." -- Annie Dunne. Both from No Shoes in Summer.