18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, December 17, 1913: Went to town this afternoon to do my Xmas shopping. I managed not to spend all the money I had taken along with me, and still bought the presents I had decided upon.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Yeah! It’s always good when gifts cost less than anticipated.
Grandma, what did you buy? . . . . Maybe a game for your 8-year-old brother Jim that both you and he would enjoy playing?