I am reading over some of my notes and stories told to me from Whipple, I came across a rather nice one giving detail on what type of decorations and what types of gifts children received. We are fast approaching Christmas day so thought this would make a good lead up to the day story. Thought I would share,
The year was 1941 Christmas was my favorite holiday, and is still my favorite today. The sky was a clear crisp blue and the wind blowing around was leaving small cuts in my cheeks. As i stood on the porch looking up at my dad he said, " the snow will be falling by bedtime and when we rise in the morning you will not be able to see way to the privy." He smiled down at me and rustled my hair with his strong coal stained hand.
"Now, go find your brothers its time to go get our tree,"
All the boys in the coal camp would wander into the woods around our homes to find the best tree for the houses. Everyone had their own idea of what was a great Christmas tree. My brothers and I wanted a big one with three sides with pretty full branches because it had to set in the corner, we wouldn't see the back side.
We made our own decorations and always had plenty. Mother ordered the lights from the Sears and Roebuck catalog at the company store.
I remember they were blue,yellow and red birds. We had silver tinsel of course and paper we had been saving all year to make chains to hang as garland around the tree. With the little birds shining bright and reflecting off the tinsel we were sure ours was the prettiest tree in the camp. Dad hung a big red crepe paper bell in the center of the room from the ceiling. the red,green,and white crepe paper strung from the bell to the corners. Tinsel was hung on the paper rope and the fireplace light made everything so pretty, warm and festive.