> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> >...an ad on TV and follow the meme to go out and buy a diamond
> >engagement ring....
> Brian wrote: How many people are buying a diamond engagement ring
> worth "2
> months salary" since DeBeers started running those ad's...
how was it in times past? was it royalty only that wore wedding rings,
then we commoners were hoodwinked into it? what about christmas
gifts, was that a tradition created by commercialization? the
ballet nutcracker has children getting gifts, but come on, a nutcracker,
how lame! did kids get real christmas gifts back a couple hundred years ago? have we any holiday historians among us? spike