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The Archivist: Oklahoma's Christmases past focus on giving and generosity

Mary Phillips: Spirit of generosity was focus of 1911 column in The Oklahoman about help during the holidays.
BY MARY PHILLIPS Modified: December 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm •  Published: December 17, 2012

“One wealthy mother was heard to say the other day, “I am not teaching my little girl to think of what she wants for herself but of what she wants to give to make others happy.”

“Another who has no children, but who has the mother spirit toward all, especially toward those of the poor, is spending almost the entire contents of her Christmas purse for the poor, reserving only a small sum for Christmas cards and trifling remembrances which she will send to her many friends already blessed with abundance.

“There is not a club in the city that is not making its Christmas plans to gladden some humble hearth. If there are any selfish idle rich in Oklahoma, one does not hear of them, so obscure do they become in contrast to the kindly generous persons whose spirit of love is finding its way into many a home that would remain dark over the merry season of Yuletide without its gentle manifestations.

“The touch of our lives with others — brings wealth to all of us, rich or poor. And the more Christmases we can share in, however, slight they may be, the more will we find the day glowing with reminisces that we may cherish through a life time.”

Let us take this lovely sentiment and continue the spirit of giving.

May you all have a very Merry Christmas.

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