Silent night for our internal cash registers

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Kristin Gehring

The only problem with used book sales is that we seldom end up actually reading what we bought. But who cares? We've paid so little that it's worth it, just for the greedy pleasure of excess. Ahhh, the luxury: we'll take that, and that, and ... oh, why not, all those, too.

What an extravagance of ideas in the world! Oak Park Temple, 1235 N. Harlem Ave., presents a sampling of this ideational infinity at their Used Book Sale on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (sschiff1541

Sorry, there we go again. It's just that this time of year our brain is constantly jangling with the repetitive action of internal cash registers, repeatedly activating our financial panic centers. It makes us naughty when we're trying so hard to be nice.

Meanwhile, holiday events abound. We can can experience Christmas the way it used to be at the Holiday Open House at Pleasant Home, 217 N. Home, Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. (383-2654).

We can experience Christmas the way we'd like it to be at the Oak Park/River Forest Infant Welfare Holiday Housewalk Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. (848-0528).

Personally, we're going to the Concordia University Chicago Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, Friday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. outside the Chapel of Our Lord (209-3555). We get to process through the campus to light two more trees, sing Christmas carols and drink free hot chocolate. Doesn't that sound great? And our internal cash registers can remain blessedly silent all night.

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