Marzetta Willardson

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 09
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1977
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Marzetta Willardson
Description It was nearing the Yule season, which, unlike in America, lasted for weeks, and preparations involved took the same amount of time. Pigs, calves and lambs were slaughtered and duly prepared. Aging cheeses were checked (especially Lim-burger) and mild ones were made. Pickled herring barrels were filled and the kitchen ovens started producing every kind of bread, rolls, coffee-cake and biscuits that the Danish cooks had made famous. Dark beer made for this season con-tained a little more sugar and a few more hops. Water was never served with meals, even for the children. Beer was served, but as a rule wasn't intoxicating. Nuts were gathered and roasted. The Yule tree was cut from one of the standing estate groves so the choice was always from a stately pine that had been receiving a critical eye for many weeks. Ground growing greens were gathered to be made into garlands or wreaths to be hung from the rafters and beams. Woodhauling began and axes rang through the cry-stal air as the logs were stacked for easy carrying into the homes. The animals were included in these gay preparations. The barns were all cleaned and washed down, strewn with fresh straw and bedding hay. Even the chicken houses were cleaned, fresh straw placed in the nests and larger portions of grain were doled out to the chickens. In the cities they bought specially tied bundles of grain that were placed in the yards where the people could look through their windows and watch the birds feast. The animals enjoyed Christmas because they were considered as great a part of and were as necessary to life as the people themselves. Old customs die slowly. In the backwoods, the Danish would place hand-painted wooden shoes outside the door for the Christmas gifts. However, on the large estates the tenants used stocking and believed in fat, roly-poly elves, for whom they would leave bowls of rice pudding in the stables and sheds for their holiday feast. After Christmas Eve dinner in their homes, the tenants were invited to the big hall in the castle. They lined up orderly two-by-two, and the girl of the castle next in line -55-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324850
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