A Christmas Story Many Years Ago is about a ten-year old boy who became the 'man of the house' after his father died last spring. He is trying to solve the dilemma of providing a Christmas present for his widowed mother (a pair slippers), for his smaller sister (a little golden curled mama doll with a rhinestone collar), and for himself (a shiny red fire engine with a little silver bell). He doesn't have enough money for all three presents and is running out of time since it is now the day before Christmas. When he finally has the problem solved, life hands him another financial crisis. This is not only a heart warming story the way the crisis is solved but it's also a study in arithmetic and provides older children with a chance to think of the solution. All characters are fictitious but each is a composite of persons that I've known. It takes place in a mid-sized West Virginia town in the forties. Descriptions of w hat happened, where it happened, and how it happened is written as best as memory of the post war time as could be recalled by the author.