When Jeanette’s dad lost his job the family had to start doing some risky things to get by. For example, Jeanette’s mom used the kids to steal dresses for Maureen, then Rex found a way to overdraw money from new accounts he would make. Although they were short on money Jeanette’s mom wanted to have a real Christmas this year. They would celebrate on Christmas day and even have a tree and presents. Everything was perfect until Rex got the family kicked out of church for making rude comments during the Christmas Eve service. When they returned home, Rex who was still drunk set the Christmas tree on fire along with all the presents. This became the last straw for Jeanette, so on her 10th birthday, when her dad said she could have anything she wanted if she just asked, she asked him to stop drinking. In order to fulfill his daughters wishes he tied himself to his bed for days. After when Rex became sober, the family celebrated by taking a trip to the Grand Canyon. On the way the car broke down and they never made it there. After this incident Rex wasn’t seen for days. When he finally came home drunk, Rose Mary and him got in a fight ending with them laughing on the floor together. After that the family thought it would be best to leave their nice home in Phoenix and go to live with Rex’s parents.
I was fired again. They kicked me out of the union
Oh no! kids stop fighting!
After moving to Phoenix, Rex is fired for the third time. Soon his family begins to run out of money and food. Although Rex is out of a job he does not try very hard to find other work, instead he resorts to booze.
Since they were low on money they had to find other ways to get food and other things. Sometimes they would even get the children to make a scene while Rose Mary stole dresses for Maureen
As a result of Rex's drinking he burned down their Christmas tree and presents, ruining what the family wanted to be their perfect Christmas. The family was too disappointed and upset to say anything "when dad went crazy we all had our own ways of shutting down and closing off" (Walls, 115).