Jump to content
  • Sky
  • Blueberry
  • Slate
  • Blackcurrant
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry
  • Orange
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Emerald
  • Chocolate
  • Charcoal

Buffy's Commentary

  • entries
  • comments
  • views

My Imaginary Christmas Barrel



I'm a big weirdo ... no shock to anyone reading here, I'm sure.

Sometimes when I'm cleaning or doing laundry I look at my things and think, "Would I be happy if this was sent to me in Reverend Alden's Christmas barrel?"

Those of you LHOP fans surely remember in The Long Winter when they finally got their Christmas barrel* in May they were thrilled with it's contents after a winter of such deprivation had I been alive and in those circumstances your children would know my name for my whining would gone down through the ages as a cautionary tale.

I don't even remember what was in there besides some embroidery thread, a shawl for Ma?  And a frozen turkey.

I remember as a little girl telling my mom it was terrible they wasted present space on food ... much like it was a waste when kids used to get fruit and nuts in their Christmas stockings when they can just go in the kitchen for those.  Don't worry, she schooled my privileged little ass on food scarcity.

But back to my current weirdness ... so I was folding sheets and blankets today and thinking of how lovely they would have been to receive in a Christmas barrel.  How soft they are, how back in the 1800's the variety of color and patterns on my bed linens would have been remarkable.  Like the Ingalls I had people also settling the prairie in the day and luxuries were scarce at that time.

It made me grateful for what I have.  I did the same with my cookware, books, and toiletries.  

Based on nothing I think my ancestors would have most appreciated body wash and other personal care items, indoor plumbing, and terry cloth.  

That's a tragedy of the prairie no one speaks about ... even when you could get the rare proper bath there was nothing absorbent with which to dry off.  And all their moisturizers were made with animal fat.  I have dry skin and I am so thankful I never had to choose between turning into buff jerky or smelling like old pot roast.

I think St. Ives coconut body lotion in a Christmas barrel would have seemed like a miracle.

And toe nail clippers.  When were they invented?  What did they do before them?  We take so much for granted in our day to day lives.

And Crest toothpaste ... and mouthwash.  Along with a fresh new toothbrush would be a delightful treat in my barrel for 19th century fictional me.

I sometimes think of how cool it would be to get a time machine and bring some of my great-whatever-grandma's from that era and see what they'd think of life today.  But then once they see how easy it is to do laundry and shower they'll never go back and once the novelty wore off it would just be a bunch of strangers asking me why I never speak to my cousins.

*This barrel left such an impact on me I kept capitalizing it and had to go back and fix every time.   Stupid self important container.

  • Upvote 3
  • Love 5


Recommended Comments

Maggie Mae


There is a Wikipedia article about the history of nail clippers. I think it makes me even weirder, because I read your entry and was like "I need to know this information" 

Share this comment

Link to comment


4 minutes ago, Maggie Mae said:

There is a Wikipedia article about the history of nail clippers. I think it makes me even weirder, because I read your entry and was like "I need to know this information" 

From that article:


The Book of Deuteronomy exhorts in 21:12 that a man, should he wish to take a captive as a wife, "shall bring her home to [his] house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails". 

Try to shave my head he'd better be wearing a cup

Share this comment

Link to comment


I love the idea of a christmas barrel. I can’t articulate what holds me captivated but it’s strong. I want to incorporate this into my holiday gift giving somehow. Maybe for a women’s shelter or something. Or one for the Humane Society. I don’t like shopping for myself but shopping for others is fun.  

Share this comment

Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Posts

    • Justsum1twothree


      I think he wants to get remarried simply so he can have marital relations again and to have someone else pick up all of his slack. I’m not buying the “My girls need a mommy” bit. Tom, you want someone else for your own selfish reasons.

    • Knight of Ni


      I inspected assisted living facilities for the state for one of my previous jobs. I wish I could tell you those horror story incidents were uncommon, but unfortunately they are not.

    • Giraffe


      Idk, if he were to find someone willing to marry him I think he’d find a Bible loophole for it. He’d tell us Andrea would want her kids to have a mother more than she would want him not to marry someone who ________ and declare the marriage godly. 

    • WeirdHarold


      10 minutes ago, ManyGoats said:

      Interesting! I wonder why they're going so far afield? Is all the land in Brentwood tied up? (or whatever you call land that you can't buy)

      Looks less than 40 mi from RF.  I thought the same thing though.  Not Santa Fe NM.

    • Queen Of Hearts

      Posted (edited)

      43 minutes ago, kesmom said:

      I believe he wants to, but will he? Who will sign up for an overcrowded house full of undereducated children who are still traumatized from the sudden loss of their primary parent. And a new marriage. They are very sweet kids but that is an enormous undertaking to say the least. 

      Rachel!  But she may be out of luck as I doubt Tom's religion views would allow him to have an affair with a married woman.  I was wondering if he would marry a divorced woman but I guess he would since he, himself, is divorced.  It sounds like she has no love for her husband based on the comments she is making so a divorce could be in her future.  Something is definitely not right about the Tom Mills / Rachel Day relationship - rather it is inappropriate or just Rachel being an obsessed stalker remains to be seen.

      As for all the women who seem to be in love with Tom (Rachel, I am looking at you) and who are flirting with him, I guess I am not shocked. Tom basically announced just weeks after Andrea's death that he was holding open auditions.  

      His attachment to the You Tube people is really unhealthy. Over the weekend he kept trying to live stream and You Tube was not letting live chat work and he seemed truly distraught about that.  He kept going online and trying until finally last night he got the chat he do desperately craved.  It's really very sad to watch.  

      Edited by Queen Of Hearts
      • Upvote 1
      • WTF 1


Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.