Think Mink
by PamFord Davis

Do you have a favorite Christmas shopping memory? Were you alone or with family or friends? What made that day special? Did you find the perfect gift? One of my fondest Christmas shopping memories goes back over forty five years. I went shopping in the city with my older sister Lauree and best girlfriend Carol. We went by bus and it seemed like a big adventure for girls in their early teens!

We were not big spenders, and used no charge cards. My wallet held only baby sitting money or extra cash from chores. It is the thought that counts when we purchase gifts; and I'm sure a lot of thought and love went behind any selections. I do not remember what we bought for others that day. My mind holds the sounds of "Jingle Bell Rock" on loud speakers. Music, decorations and lights put us in the Christmas spirit. I recall enjoying a meal of fish sandwiches, fries and Coke in a cozy booth. Another pleasure came from the inviting smell and taste of hot salty cashews.

The day brought the surprise of mink! Three young girls from middle class families discovered a sale item in a department store. Mink cuff links were within our budget and we could not resist! We boarded the bus feeling like wealthy models. The small circular mink cuff links helped make a Christmas memory. As you shop this year take time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of Christmas. Include those you love in simple holiday pleasures. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another (John 13:34 NKJ)." Relationships are the best gifts we receive! We will never stand in line to exchange them!

Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.

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