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Oh, for the days when Christmas followed Thanksgiving

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Many years ago (perhaps 30) I was shopping in the now-defunct Karrol's Menswear (tall sizes) at Golf Mill Shopping Center. I had purchased a shirt for my husband and asked the salesman for a Christmas box. The date was Nov. 18 -- I remember it well.

He looked at me kind of strange and said, "Lady, we don't have Christmas boxes yet."

In those days there was a clear distinction between the holidays and it was still before Thanksgiving.

Sure, we would sometimes do a little shopping early as I was, but the stores didn't beat you over the head with Christmas carols over the speaker and holiday decorations in October! Oh, for the good old days.

Gloria La Berg

Des Plaines

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