31 responses

  1. Moneycone
    December 13, 2010

    Gives one a different perspective on how people lived back then! We take so many things for granted today.

    Thanks for sharing MR.

    • Money Reasons
      December 13, 2010

      It was definitely a different time back them.

      I don’t think I would have fared well back then…

  2. LifeAndMyFinances
    December 13, 2010

    Sounds like a wonderful grandmother. I am fascinated by the Great Depression and would love to talk with someone that has experienced it.

    I like to think that my wife and I will soon be “Depression Proof”. We are saving up our money and building our residual income. It feels great to have security.

    • Money Reasons
      December 13, 2010

      Talking to my grandmother (when she was alive), it sounded pretty rough!

      I not quite to a “Depression Proof” state yet, I’m still happy with my progress to date!

  3. Nicole
    December 13, 2010

    Hm… your grandma is about the same age as my dad, maybe a few years older.

    He’s from Europe so he used to set out wooden shoes for Sinter Klaas. And he got an orange too. Santa doesn’t seem to like oranges as much as he used to.

    He hasn’t gone overboard with Christmas. That’s the other in-laws. FIL had broken his back and had to change careers when DH was little and MIL was getting training to her career. They lived in a trailer.

    • Money Reasons
      December 13, 2010

      Sinter Klaas, he must be Dutch!

      My grandmother’s mom got double whammy, with the recession and the loss of my great grandfather. I’ve see picture of him and his family, they looks sophisticated. Too bad he died so early.

      • Nicole
        December 13, 2010

        something like that

        my dad’s mom got a double whammy too, but apparently his dad didn’t die… he ran off to Argentina with his mistress and all their money. Then he died, but the mistress kept the money.

        (I found this out from my cousin last year. I’d always thought they just lost everything in the war. Apparently not.)

      • admin
        December 14, 2010

        Wow! I could never do that to my kids!

  4. Evan
    December 13, 2010

    Stories like these make me wish I got to know my Yia Yia (Grandmother in Greek) better…but there was a huge language gap.

    Luckily, I get to talk to The Wife’s grandmother whenever I want and she fills me and seems overjoyed that I am actually interested

    • Money Reasons
      December 13, 2010

      There are some incredible stories that they have that’s for sure! And times were so different back then! I admit, I would miss computer and other electronic (even though I don’t have many myself)…

  5. Mike
    December 13, 2010

    Thank you for sharing your story. It should make us appreciate all the advantages we have today.

    • Money Reasons
      December 13, 2010

      It really does doesn’t it! :)

  6. BeatingTheIndex
    December 13, 2010

    I enjoy stories from the past. With all the hardship she mentioned I bet she still talks about those days as “the good old days”….

    Something about us humans when it comes to the “old days” ….

    • Money Reasons
      December 13, 2010

      She has stories about going to the movies with her twin brother, paying in the morning (or earlier showings), and staying all day. The later dancing home with her brother (there age was still single digits back then).

      I miss her, she died early… Christmas really reminds me of her…

  7. Aloysa
    December 13, 2010

    Stories like this make you realize how important family is. We really shoud appreciate more what we have. Because we are really lucky…

    • Money Reasons
      December 13, 2010

      I agree, when I was younger I thought I had it tough, but compared to my grandma, it was a cake walk…

      Stories like these help keep perspective I think :)

  8. retirebyforty
    December 13, 2010

    Family is what matter most for us. We didn’t have an easy time growing up, but it was still much easier than the previous generation. I would love for my kid to have a bit of that harder experience so he’s not all soft and complacent. Maybe I’ll send him to live with grandparents for a month around Christmas someday. :)

    • admin
      December 13, 2010

      I started out raising my son hard, but I’ve soften over the past few years…

      Honestly, I hope my son and daughter never experiences any of the hardships that I experiences. I’m hoping sports will harden him in the way that you are talking about though (at least that the idea) :)

  9. First Gen American
    December 14, 2010

    My mom used to send a case of oranges to her twin sister’s children in Poland every once in a while. You wouldn’t believe how much that was appreciated.

    Do you think people would behave differently if there wasn’t such a huge safety net provided by the government these days?

    • admin
      December 14, 2010

      Oh yeah! Now if you have problems you can get a house, food, and even insurance for you kids if you are unemployed.

      Back in the depression times, you had to hope and depend on charity, soup lines and possible a bit of luck. I think they had to do whatever they could to survive

  10. Andrew @ 101 Centavos
    December 14, 2010

    That’s a good story…

    Fruits and small pieces of candy were absolute treats to my Grandparents on Christmas, back in the old country.

    • admin
      December 14, 2010

      Thanks!

      As I typed, it brought back fond memories of my grandmother. Funny how thinks like an article on Christmas in the Depression days can brig back such strong memories…

  11. Squirrelers
    December 14, 2010

    What a great story! I have a grandmother who’s 97, and has given me a few bits of money-related advice over the years. She didn’t have much at any time in her life, and didn’t have much opportunity when younger, but imparted tremendous wisdom on her children. These children (my mother and her siblings) worked really hard to have more solid lives. I try to keep this in mind when she speaks, realizing that her wisdom has proven to work.

    Your story can help remind us how we should be thankful for what we have, including family and resources. Thanks.

    • admin
      December 14, 2010

      Thanks Squirrelers!

      I personally believe this is my best post. Mostly because of the flood of memories that it brought back! My grandmother was a special woman and the most important person in my life growing up!

      She really had a sad childhood, and the rough life back then, but she overcame it and didn’t let it defeat her! The people that knew her, loved her and knew that she was something special…

  12. Roshawn @ Watson Inc
    December 15, 2010

    I think it is a fabulous thing to remember such a history. Some of the progress that our country has made over the last 75 years or so is amazing (in terms of overall quality of life). Unfortunately, sometimes we forget that and harbor spirits of unthankfulness and entitlement.

  13. Roshawn @ Watson Inc
    December 15, 2010

    Also, I wanted to say that I think it is great that she used to experience to create special memories for the children!

    • admin
      December 18, 2010

      Yeah, she really took her bad experiences at Christmas and made them good ones! I’ve never seen a house decorated quite as much.

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