I have Christmas diaries from many of our past holidays so I’ve decided to post one year each Saturday this month. And of course I have photos to embarrass my children.
I don't have a winter photo of our house in Iowa.
Saturday, December 20,1975, Wilton, IA
Girls had rehearsal from 10-11:30am. Then we went to Davenport to buy Tom’s present and grocery shop ($77). All ready for Christmas. Exhausted, but ready. Robert unwrapped one of his presents!
Sunday, December 21,1975
Went to church. Robert was rowdy and I had to take him out. Came home, ate, and both took a nap. Called Dad. Talked to everyone and wished them a Merry Christmas. 7:30 we went to the Christmas program with Ina & Hib. The girls were just great! Both knew their parts.
Monday, December 22,1975
Really busy. Gary worked both jobs. Girls and I cleaned house, made nut loaf bread, fudge, Knox blox, cookies. Refrigerator is full of goodies. Gary got a box of candy at work too. Also a big can of pipe tobacco.
Tuesday, December 23,1975
Gary worked both shifts. Girls and I rested and made last minute plans. Millie and Ina came by for a visit. Gary came home at 8:30 for dinner. Robert was very excited.
Wednesday, December 24,1975
Gary had trouble with the van icing up so he stayed home. Cleaned house and got ready for Christmas. Karen broke out with chicken pox! Went to Betty’s anyway. Everyone was there for food, fun, and gifts. Stayed ‘til 9:30. Robert was so excited he didn’t sleep well.
Thursday, Christmas Day, 1975
Big day! Kids were all excited by their gifts. Took lots of pictures. Ina & Hib, Millie & Mae came for dinner. Irene and Clarence stopped by later. Everyone chipped in and bought a big wagon for the kids. Spent the afternoon and evening talking, eating, and taking pictures. Talked to Gran.
Friday, December 26, 1975
Gary worked day shift. Called Gran again for a less hectic chat. Cleaned up the debris except for the tree. Cleaned the oven. Ate leftovers. Watched TV with Gary for a change. Karen is feeling better.