The approach of Christmas brings harassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes; they put in three weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes they are so dissatisfied with the result, and so disappointed that they want to sit down and cry. Then they give thanks that Christmas comes but once a year.
Mark Twain from- Following the Equator
& thank you Reggie Darling for adding this- a 1946 Irving Penn photo of Dorian Leigh and Ray Bolger (yes, the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz). A B&W original print of this just sold at Christie's for $30,000 earlier this month.