Alright, my fellow Bozemanites, they have a day for everything, and a whole lot of them are pretty silly, but when I came across "National Mail Catalog Day", well I became a little nostalgic.

I've mentioned before that I'm a child of the '80s, so I like totally think that whole decade was rad and like totally awesome. I realize that I will probably sound like the "get off of my lawn" guy here, but I'm a fan of the "good ole days".

In honor, of National Mail Catalog Day, I can't help but think back to my youth and remember one of the greatest days of the year, the day the Christmas Catalog came.

For those under a certain age, I feel sorry that you will never know the joy of the Christmas Catalog. We used to get three, Sears, JC Penny, and Montgomery Ward. Every day after school we would come home and grab one of the catalogs and go through each page. We would mark the things that we wanted, un-mark them, and then mark them again as we continued to change our minds.

After a month or so of doing this, we had page numbers memorized so that when we had the chance to write a letter to Santa, we could just tell him what page number it was on and totally take out the guesswork for the Jolly Old Elf.

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year and I think that's because of the memories that come into my mind as I look back.  So many of those memories deal with those Christmas Catalogs.

A grandmother and her granddaughter decorate a gingerbread house at Christmas.

I know that we are far more advanced now and that the Christmas Catalogs have been replaced by websites and apps. Don't get me wrong, I love technology, and no more catalogs are certainly better for the "save the planet" people.

However, there was certainly something magical about the old Christmas Catalogs. So forgive me if I put on a little Bing Crosby Christmas Music and take a trip down memory lane. Oh, and Happy National Mail Catalog Day.

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