Tag Archives: Christmas

Nativity Sets Through the Years

Four crèche sets that are part of our Christmas tradition: This was purchased December 1969 when I had my first full-time job and was on a very tight budget. This was purchased in 1970, our first Christmas of married life. … Continue reading

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Santa Claus Revelation

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, ” Francis Pharcellus Church, (From the famous editorial “Is There a Santa Claus?” which appeared in The Sun, September 21, 1897) My own reaction upon learning the reality of Santa Claus was not … Continue reading

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Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, How are you? I hope you and Mrs. Claus have had a good year. I have been a good, i.e. well-behaved, genealogist this year. Here is my “would like to have” list for Christmas: 1. More time to … Continue reading

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A Beloved Person Remembered

He was born the last of seven children, the son of Fred and Jeanette (Sievers) Schwans on a farm near Bridgewater, South Dakota. His given name was Arthur William, but from infancy he was called Tom. His tombstone is inscribed … Continue reading

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It’s A Wrap

Shopping for Christmas presents is something I’ve always enjoyed. Wrapping Christmas presents is something I’ve never enjoyed. But holiday gift bags have made the task considerably easier. However, the bags are a more recent introduction. Oh, how I wish they … Continue reading

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