A Pioneer Christmas (1875) with the Peter Munk Family

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1983
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title A Pioneer Christmas (1875) with the Peter Munk Family
Description Then came the sound of oxen and the squeaking of their yoke as Pa drove the large wooden sleigh with its shiny runners almost to the door, which Minerva hastened to open wide, so Pa could carry the huge, many-branched tree into the house. He placed it on the floor, where it stretched its length across the boards. Snow was falling outside, but inside by the fire the snowflakes on the branches melted fast, leaving wet spots where they had dripped. With hammer and saw and a square nail or so, Pa fashioned a stand, and soon the tree was standing tall, placed in its corner by the fireplace. The afternoon passed quickly as one by one the apples were polished and hung on the tree by a string attached to their stems. Many times the point of the needle pricked small fingers, but soon the white kernels of corn became long strings of white draped round and round the tree. This made it look very beautiful, all but the top. Some-thing was missing! Then Ma said, "Remember that scrap of cloth little Clara found in the Madsen's dooryard last summer? When we found she had taken it without permission, she took it back to Mrs. Madsen, who said Clara could have it for her own. I have saved that gold-colored scrap of cloth, and I think it is large enough to cover a star." Ma then pro-ceeded to draw a five-pointed star on heavy stiff paper, and by stirring flour into boiling water she made a flour paste, which stuck the cloth to the paper. Presto! A star for their tree was born, and it became the crowning glory of that memorable Christmas tree. Darkness seemed to come in such a hurry. Pa came into the house from milking the cow. He sat the brass bucket of milk on the table, and Ma hurriedly strained the milk into a pitcher. Quickly, the supper table was set, the blessing on the food was said, and bread and milk became the meal, except that Pa insisted on a bowl of clabber milk with a bit of sweetening. He said it reminded him of when he lived in Denmark. As soon as the supper things were cleared away and the dishes washed, the family gathered in front of the fire-place to tell stories, sing, and watch the flames as they seemed to eat at the log Pa had placed there. After a -35-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-18
Date Modified 2005-02-18
ID 322998
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