As little girls, our daughters used to dilligently go through the catalogs at Christmas dreaming of what might show up for them on Christmas morning. It started with the Sears catalog along with the flyers that would show up in the mail. But as time went on their catalogs of choice were the cattle sales that arrived through November and December, along with the Sullivans Supply catalog.
I remember one time about 16 years ago we were consigning to the Simmental Sale Checkers (we still consign). The girls had gone down to help Rob a couple of days prior to the sale and I arrived sale morning. As I arrived at the barn, they greeted me and asked "are you done Christmas shopping?" They had found a red baldy heifer calf in the barn and stated that I could take all of their gifts back if they could own her at the end of the day. The auctioneer of the day Col. Steve Dorran over heard this.
Our cattle sold earlier in the sale and we decided to let them try to buy her, on the condition that they did the bidding. They were 8 & 6. "Gloss came into the ring and the bidding began." When it was all said and done, Crystal and Stacy owned a heifer, they had no idea how much they had spent, but knew it was under budget, because their dad didn't tell them to stop and Col. Dorran commented that there would be some gifts to return.