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Tell me, do you spend too much money during the holiday season? Do you drive yourself into tens of dollars of debt with the purchase of mere gimcracks and geegaws? Also, are you an upstanding lady ready to angrily shake your umbrella?

Then, gentle reader, you are a SPUG—or once wouldhave been.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving, a lost player in the history of political progressivism. Now largely buried in century-old newspapers, theirs is a heartwarming story that puts War back into the War on Christmas.

…and from the 1912 NY Times article:

…a Spug is a woman who has vowed never again in all her life to give any Christmas gift that is not offered with a whole heart. A Spug is a working girl who has put her foot on all the usual Christmas-time schemes for raising money with which to buy Christmas presents for those “higher up.” Hereafter, when any store or shop collector approaches one of these working girls for the customary Christmas collection for the floorwalker or head saleslady, the collector will be rebuffed with the rejoinder: “Not me. I am a Spug. I don’t believe in giving useless Christmas gifts.”

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