December 6, 1983

On This Date in! in 1983, the Philippines experienced the beginning of the “Lean Christmas”. The Philippines were in the midst of a foreign exchange crisis and the country was experiencing shortages in everything, except for poverty. Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos told his people they should have a lean Christmas without luxury items, such as apples, oranges, grapes, most meats, fishes and other items. The soft, double-ply toilet paper was on the list of other items. The President and First Lady Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos explained they were also going to cut back for this Christmas and visit Sydney, Australia instead of going on their customary Paris Christmas vacation where Imelda could find the shoes she so dearly loved.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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