Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, the excitement of Christmas was so much different than it is today. Christmas was more of a feeling than of "things." The stores and homes were never decorated until after Thanksgiving. I can remember not putting up a tree until maybe three or four days before Christmas. (My mom waited until then, because the local tree lots reduced them to maybe $2 each, which is all our family could afford). There were four children in our family. My dad worked and mom stayed home. She was the one who "made" Christmas at our house. Homemade cookies and date and nut bread were gifts we gave to family and friends. On Christmas we each got one gift - usually pajamas, a new pair of mittens (of course, a toy, doll or game when we were younger).