Column: Reminiscent of Christmases Past

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Reminiscent of Christmases Past

Snippet: My mother is a pack rat. She won’t admit it, but she really is one of the worst hoarders I’ve ever known. But I understand why. She was born in a small community on the Burin Peninsula in the late 1920s where everything was manual labour and hard to come by. Being the oldest, she was expected to do more than her younger siblings did.

Mom lived through the depression and the Second World War and raised ten kids on meagre resources. In other words, she’s hardwired to keep everything in case it’s needed for tomorrow. One of the things she’s kept for decades is Christmas cards.

Why she holds onto cards from long ago may not have anything to do with saving for tomorrow although saving pretty cards to make crafts with is a thrifty idea. No, mom saves cards for two reasons.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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