Wow! I wish I could give my family "extravagant experiences"! (pg 62) Well, I really don't have to because the extravagance is all around us. Just look at the twinkling lights, the decorations in the windows, the sparkles and spangles on clothing. My 4 year old grand-daughter found "twinkling stars" in the creek that runs beside Brookwood Mall the other night and was delighted at the vision!
As a child Christmas was an extravagant time in our house. My father became I'll when I was 4 and times we "tight". But when it came to Christmas it was always a magical time with presents under the tree. I KNOW we didn't get there with credit cards because my parents didn't use them, but there were always presents - mostly clothes under the tree on Christmas morning ( I only got clothes on Christmas and birthday) . It was mostly the attitude displayed but my parents - an attitude of excitement of what we would find under the tree and all the decorating and anticipation that made Christmas special.