An entire chapter is devoted to a Christmas shopping trip in Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown. This year Betsy, Tacy and Tib invite Winona to join them.

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© Illustration by Lois Lenski from Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown

…school had closed for the Christmas vacation. That meant that Betsy, Tacy, and Tib had an important engagement. For years on the first day of Christmas vacation they had gone shopping together.

“You see,” Betsy explained to Winona when they invited her, “we usually make our Christmas presents, or else our mothers buy them for us…the ones we give away, I mean.”

“Then why do you go shopping?” Winona asked.

“We go shopping to shop,” said Tacy.

The three of them smiled. Winona looked mystified.

“We’ve done it the same way ever since we were children,” said Betsy. “We always take ten cents apiece, and we always buy just the same things.”

“What do you buy?”

“You’ll see,” said Betsy, “if you want to come along.”

They liked to tease Winona because she was such a tease herself.

(Quote from Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace)