For many of us, Christmas Eve sees a final dash to the shops as we seek out those last few gifts. If you are struggling for ideas, why not take some of the suggestions and advice offered to readers of the New York Irish-American, 150 years ago in December 1864. Remember, nothing says I love you like a Clothes Wringer!
A HOLIDAY PRESENT.- What shall it be?- For the child, something suited to the sex, useful and diverting- not for the moment only, then to be cast aside- but that will link year with year, and mark and improve the character. For an adult of either sex the variety is endless, suiting the infinity of circumstances. The mother and head of a family has learned to prize most what lightens the household burden and betokens affectionate sympathy: a Baby-Tender, a Washer, Wringer, or a Wheeler & Wilson Sewing Machine.- The first are winning their way to public favor; the last is old and well tried. There is no question of its utility and suitableness as a present of affection and charity. Its low-toned voice will prove a sweet reminder of friendship and effective sympathy, and mingle with the hymn of thankfulness. Try it for your wife, or the widow toiling for the support of her children. (1)
Many thanks to everyone for reading and contributing to the Irish in the American Civil War site in 2014, and wishing you all a Merry Christmas and New Year.
(1) New York Irish-American 31st December 1864
New York Irish-American 31st December 1864. A Holiday Present. What shall it be?