Happy Holidays from Walnut Grove! We go back in time (in season 1) to just after Laura goes on her spiritual journey to the mountains to get her baby brother back. Since then, Pa and Ma have apparently bribed her to stay home with a beautiful pony named Bunny. The pony is so nice that Nellie Oleson keeps pressuring her father to buy the pony off of the Ingalls for Christmas, but Laura isn’t selling.
With low funds, every member of the Ingalls family must get creative with their gift-giving this Christmas. Mary earns money by helping the town seamstress, Ma hoards extra eggs to sell, Pa becomes a wheelwright overnight, Carrie has gold hidden throughout the forest, but Laura has no marketable skills (aside from speechwriting.)
In this nod to O’Henry's Gift of the Magi, we reflect on our own gift-giving snafus, favorite Christmas traditions, and laugh way too long about inside jokes from an episode of America’s Next Top Model. Marissa gives a brief history of Christmas in the United States, Amy embarrasses herself by attempting to become a Biblical history scholar, and Julie regales us with tales of her Starbucks Barista days.
Waste Time With These Links
Our Little House Gift Giving Guide
Was Jesus born on December 25th?
America's Next Top Model: "No Fur!"
How to Make Natural Dye with Onions
History of Christmas
"The Gift of the Magi"
Cryability for This Episode
Honorable Mention: Although the Jeff Scale was a 0, Amy did cry constantly during the last 15 minutes of this episode and cried while editing this episode of the podcast.