From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 25, 1912:
"Today Lawrence is resting after a strenuous week of excitement and rush incident to the Christmas season. The last week and especially the last few days have been busy ones for practically everyone but today all is quiet and peace prevails in place of the rush and scramble to secure gifts and remembrances for friends and loved ones. Practically all business was suspended all day today although a few stores remained open this morning, but they plan to close at noon and take a half day off.... The county and city offices are to be closed all day. At the post office the great jam of Christmas mail is being thinned out and after one delivery in the city business will be suspended at Uncle Sam's headquarters. The Christmas season always means work and plenty of it for the postal employees but never before was business as rushing at the government building as it has been this year."