If you've ever been a kid - or are one now - then you
know there is no such thing as getting too early of a start in priming your parents for Christmas...
not for what they want, of course, but for what you want. In fact, if you haven't begun dropping hints
by Thanksgiving, then you really need some remedial training in how to handle the season. Here I offer
some assistance. Recall how in A Christmas
, Ralph "Ralphie" Parker exhibited a manic desire for an "official
carbon action 200-shot Range model air rifle with a compass in the stock,
and this thing which tells time." His scheme was to place copies of the Red Ryder advertisement from
into his mother's and father's magazines so that they would see it. A more direct
- and probably more effective - method is to print out this "Hobby Hinter" that appeared in the December
1954 edition of Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men
. Good luck!
Christmas Hobby Hinter
Posted November 28, 2013