I think that many of us baby boomers (and others) had a pretty hard life growing up, as did our dear wonderful parents.
Yes, I can remember one Christmas when we did not have any power. My father worked the waters and was a beachcomber, he made great money when he worked and there was lots of logs to pick from the ocean, but then there were very lean times too. He gave us everything he could, and more. One Christmas we did not have any power, the hydro had been turned off, we were fortunate it was mild, and we did not have too hard of a time. But I do remember someone dropping off a hamper of food on our front sidewalk infront of the door. My mother was actually apalled and very upset. To think that we did not have very much food, we did not, obviously, but she was very proud. We had food, she cooked on a little Coleman stove and we ate, and in a few days we had our power back on. She was the oldest of 13 in her family. The hard times my mother's family went through was incredible too.
We all have our little stories, and they are all so interesting and so nice to read about. I am grateful that I have enough of everything to have a comfortable life, not worrying if we are to have our power tomorrow and food on our table. To all a wonderful and happy winter celebration. Great day. Cindi