How did Andi and her family celebrate Christmas in the 1880s? First of all, not all families could afford or had access to a tree. Some children just hung their stockings from a drawer and hoped for the best--an orange or maybe a stick of candy. Other families (like Andi's family) made Christmas a big celebration, centered around the Christ Child.
For the next two weeks, Mother, Luisa, Nila, Melinda, and I make all kinds of Christmas goodies. Sometimes Aunt Rebecca comes to help. I've finally gotten used to that and I just try to stay out of her way.
Now the best part. We have to go back up into the hills to find just the perfect tree. Three years ago, when I was ten, I finally got to go along! A freak snowstorm came up and Justin, Chad, Mitch, and I were stranded overnight. It was so cold! I wrote a story about it HERE. The tree we went after stayed behind, but Mitch found another. It was not as beautiful as the one I picked out, but once we loaded it down with all the decorations, nobody could tell some of the branches were broken and the top was cut off.
|Justin's lady friend, Lucy, joined us for Christmas one year.|
Later, we gather around the piano (that I can't play), and Melinda plays Christmas carols and we all sing. Then we attend Christmas services at church. That is the best time . . . it is lit up with hundreds of candles and everybody is singing--we all sound like the angels in Luke 2 when they gave glory to God about the newborn King!
|The dining room ready for Christmas dinner.|
Mother likes to get all fancy on Christmas Day. Nila and Luisa outdo themselves polishing the silver and setting the table. Many families have goose for dinner and plum pudding. But we're all American and have turkey! We also celebrate with our Mexican ranch hands and their families. Tamales are a traditional Christmas food, and Luisa and Nila make the best tamales north of the border!