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Danhouse, Carl W. / The life story of Carl W. Danhouse

Chapter two,   pp. 9-14 PDF (2.2 MB)

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Nobody decorated a tree before Christmas eve in those days. When
we arrived home, after a bitter cold walk, our tree was decorated
(by father) but we were not allowed to see it and were hustled
off to bed so Santa Claus could come. (or Kris Kringle as grand-
mother would say). The next morning we would hurry downstairs to
see the tree and what Santa Claus had left us. We had to wait,
however, until our folks got dressed. Dad would go in and light
the candles and make sure they were in safe places. The tree was
covered with German Christmas decorations, candy cherries and other
hard candy, cookies tied on with string and even popcorn strings
and cranberry strings which we children had prepared. We usually
got one present from our folks plus an orange which was a real
treat as that was the only time we got an orange. Uncle Oscar's
wife Annie always gave me a purple tie and I HATED purple. We
always had a goose for Christmas plus always sauerkraut, plus
dressing, dumplings, some vegetables and ended with pumpkin pie.
I never tasted turkey until I went to college.
We had a German table prayer that grandmother had taught
to my father, he to us children, me to my children and they to
my grandchildren. I hope it will eventually be taught to my
great-grandchildren.  (I have five at this time - August 26, 1980)
Komm Herr Jesu Christ
Sei du unser gost
Und segne vas du uns
Besherest hast.

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