Sealing Wax Set
More advice taken from Rose Henniker Heaton’s
The Perfect Christmas (London, 1932.)
Presents for Schoolgirls
Stuffed Comic Animal
Extra long-legged Doll
Fitted Pencil Case
Note-paper with initial
Book (if carefully chosen).
Watch or Clock
Purse with money in it ( notempty)
A Diary and Confession Book.
A ticket for herself and a friend ( to be chosen by herself) for a play
Travelling Photo Frame
Jewel Case with secret drawer
Chocolate Drops covered with hundreds and thousands.
Presents for Schoolboys
A pair of Handcuffs (most popular).
A Silver Watch
A set of Meccano
A Kodak (with year’s upkeep).
Book on their special subject
Pistol with caps
Small rifle Continue reading
The Perfect Christmas by Rose Henniker Heaton was a companion volume to the same author’s Perfect Hostess and Perfect Schoolgirl. Published in 1932 by the eighty something Australian-born widow of an illustrious Conservative MP, its distinctly barbed humour has hardly dated. In addition to the many jokes and riddles (one of which defeated Professor Einstein) are some handy hints. The following still has value today.
How to Ruin Christmas
Grumble at everything and everyone.
Moan at the mention of presents.
Scramble wildly at the last moment for people you dislike, rather than be left alone.
Do nothing for anyone, and expect everyone to wait on you.
Eat too much, and drink far too much.
Spend too much, and grumble while spending it.
Spend too little, and grudge even that.
Leave everything to the last, and sit up until 4 a.m., tying up parcels, and decorating madly.
Start a family quarrel.
Once again, Rose Henniker Heaton, our no nonsense Australian hostess from 1932, comes up with some timely suggestions as what we should do with that ghastly piece of raffia from the Village Craft Fair or that horrible vase from the High Street charity shop. Take it away Rose.
Never, never, never give away as presents rubbish or monstrosities you have bought at bazaars.
“That will do for old Aunt Susan”, you say as you look loathingly at a plush handkerchief sachet; or, “The very thing for Uncle Albert “, as you seize a dust-catching newspaper stand.
The only thing to do with rubbish is:
(A) Put it in your Ideal Boiler
(B) Send it to a Jumble Sale
(C) Give it to the Rag and Bone Man on his next visit
Note.--if anyone sends you rubbish as a Christmas present, put it in the fire, and send a telegram of thanks. If that doesn’t make them feel ashamed, I don’t know what will:
Ex---“Thousand thanks for shell pincushion stuck on pill-box.”
Reply paid: “Gilded pinecones safely received; what are they for?”
Note---Present giving is not a question of money but of common-sense.