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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 9 (December 1, 1938)

Buy, Buy Blackbird!

Buy, Buy Blackbird!

Perhaps the greatest boon of the boony season is the excuse it offers to recognise the humanity of man …. the bond that binds …. with tangible token. The Christmas gift is a cash-order on kindliness, a halt for thought. Even if you are of, the kind whose ability to buy the right gift for the wrong person amounts to inverted genius your act is an achievement in remembrance. For, to buy a gift for, say, little Willie—the hoodoo and horror of his relatives—indicates that you have paused to think, perhaps even a little leniently, of the youthful menace. Your thought may be tinged with deep regret for stones thrown through glasshouses, blocked drains, mutilated radios and such like domestic frightfulness from which the Prince of Darkness himself might shrink. But, in the giving of a gift, one is bound to think up some virtue in the giftee or brand himself a blithering idiot—and nobody will willingly do that. Anyway there are always others more than willing to do it for him.

In such acts of forgiveness repose the seeds of sweet charity and temporary forgiveness from which springs -the spirit of Christmas.