We felt rich
Back in the 1940s it was especially hard to provide for a family of seven children. But at Christmastime we always managed to receive one gift each. When I was 3, I was fortunate enough to get a doll. My dad made the cradle and, needless to say, it made my Christmas.
Even though my family had very little financially, we were blessed in so many other ways. We all enjoyed a warm house, plenty to eat, good health and an abundance of love. We actually felt rich in many ways.
All of my family has now passed away. Even though I can't physically share Christmas with them, I always share my thoughts and memories and thank God for his abundant love in allowing me to have such a wonderful Christmas and childhood.