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Merry Christmas from the Estevan Mercury Deanna Tarnes

Our Christmas traditions start December 1 with the Christmas sweaters, music and decorating the house. We also watch all the Christmas movies, my favourite is Elf and the Hallmark Our Christmas traditions start 1 with the Christmas music and decorating house. We Christmas movies. OnDecember Christmas Eve, asweaters, Christmas lightsthescavenger hunt contest happens. also watch all the Christmas movies, my favourite is Elf and the Hallmark Christmas movies. On Christmas Eve, a My favourite arehappens. whenMyour brothers home and Christmas lightsmemories scavenger hunt contest favourite memories are come when our brothers come homewe just spend time together and we just spend time together being lazy, eating and playing cards. Merry Christmas! being lazy, eating and playing cards. Merry Christmas! Deanna Tarnes

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Spending quality time with Family and Friends during the Christmas season. Vaila Lindenbach

For close to 20 years, I have been the king of Christmas cheesecakes. I usually bake between three and six each year. Everyone thinks they’re difficult, but they’re actually really easy, and taste wonderful. Who doesn’t love a cheesecake? I’ve already picked up a dozen or so packages of cream cheese. And if you want to do it yourself, a really good recipe is inside the packages of Philly.

A Christmas memory that didn’t start off well but had a special ending..

Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

I was about 10 years old, we had just got done opening up our gifts. I decided I was going to put my gifts in a garbage bag. Well somehow this garbage bag got mixed up with the “garbage” and was put outside. I was living in Montreal at the time, and the local waste collection company was working. And yup, you guessed it, our garbage along with all my toys got picked up and brought to the landfill. I was devastated to say the least. But Santa At 12 at night our parents would bring us out to the kitchen leaving the window in the living room open, so found outSanta what and made a inlittle girl again as he (we callhappened him Ded Moroz, Father Frost) could come and drop off thehappy presents. The dog was always the delivered my gifts back. first one back in the room some 10 minutes later, sniffing through our gifts that every year magically appeared

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At 12 at night our parents would bring us out tois the kitchen leaving inupthe Christmas my favourite time of the year! It was the always window a big deal growing in my living family. The twinkle tours and big Christmas suppers are top two for me! room open, so Santa (we call him Ded Moroz, Father Frost) could come in and drop off the I do however have a Christmas memory that didn’t start off well but had a special ending.. I was about 10 years old, we had just got done opening up our gifts. I decided I was going to put in a room some 10 minutes later, sniffing presents. The dog was always the first one back my ingifts the garbage bag. Well somehow this garbage bag got mixed up with the “garbage” and was put outside. I was living through that every year magically appeared in Montreal at the time,our and thegifts local waste collection company was working. And yup, you guessed it, our under the tree. garbage along with all my toys got picked up and brought to the landfill. I was devastated to say the least. But Santa found out what happened and made a little girl so happy again as he delivered my gifts back. So kids, let this be a lesson, don’t place your presents in a garbage bag!

Anastasiia Bykhovskaia

Vaila Lindenbach

For close to 20 years, I have been the king of Christmas cheesecakes. I usually bake between three and six each year. Everyone thinks they’re difficult, but they’re actually really easy, and taste wonderful. Who doesn’t love a cheesecake? I’ve already picked up Spending quality time with Family and Friends during the Christmas season. a dozen or so packages of cream cheese. And if you want to do it yourself, a really good recipe is inside the packages of Philly. Brian Zinchuk

Teresa Hrywkiw One of my favourite Christmas memories as a kid was going to my to Baba and Gido’s (grandparents) Christmas Eve. We would have the traditional Ukrainian 12 meatless dishes and follow some of their “old country” traditions.  There was always so much food.  After supper we would then go to church as a family.

One of my favourite Christmas memories as a kid was going to going to my to Baba and Gido’s (grandparents) Christmas Eve. We would have the traditional Ukrainian 12 meatless dishes and follow some of their “old country” traditions.  There were always so much food.  After supper we would then go to church as a family.

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Jennifer Bucsis The one Christmas tradition that stands out to me growing up is going to my aunt and uncles house in Regina every year for dinner. It was the only time I really got to see my cousins as they were so much older than I was.

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Back when my family lived in Langley city, before the move to the farm in 1999, if you would have driven down our quiet cul-de-sac at 7 a.m. on Christmas Day, you would have been guaranteed of seeing one thing: if we were home for Christmas, the lights would be on at our house at the end of the street. We were always the first ones up in the block, ready to attack our Christmas gifts. Now that we’re on the farm, we’re likely still the first ones with our lights on, but that’s because the horses need their Christmas gifts. David Willberg

Back when my family lived in Langley city, before the move to the farm in 1999, if you would have driven down our quiet cul-de-sac at 7 a.m. on Christmas Day, you would have been guaranteed of seeing one thing: if we were home for Christmas, the lights would be on at our house at the end of the street. We were always the first ones up in the block, ready to attack our Christmas gifts. Now that we’re on the farm, we’re likely still the first ones with our lights on, but that’s because the horses need their Christmas gifts.

The one Christmas tradition that stands out to me growing up is going to my aunt and uncles house in Regina every year for dinner. It was the only time I really got to see my cousins as they were so much older than I was. Jennifer Bucsis

In Mexico Christmas is one of the most important holidays in our culture. The whole family (45 people) gathers together on Dec 24th at my grandmas’ house. One year we decided to have a sleepover at my grandmas’ house so we could open our presents together. We played games and stayed up until the sunrise. It was a great night. Ana Villarreal

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Memories and traditions add to Christmas The staff at Estevan Mercury Publications loves Christmas, and we hope you do, too. Each year we’re delighted to bring this publication, our annual Christmas card, to you, our readers, as our way of showing our appreciation to you for the support you have shown us over the past 12 months by reading our paper on a weekly basis. In this year’s special, you’ll find Christmas greetings from local businesses who are also grateful for your business and support during

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the past 12 months. You’ll also find Christmas memories and traditions. There are memories from the members of the Estevan Girl Guides groups: Sparks, Brownies, Girl Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers. You’ll also find tales from those who are involved with Southeast Newcomer Services and Settlement Workers in Schools – giving this publication an international flavour. Then there are memories of Christmases

in the past from residents of Trinity Tower who love to talk about their memories of Christmas. And because we love to share stories, you’ll find Christmas memories and Christmas traditions from the employees of the Mercury – Estevan’s oldest business and its top source for news since 1903. So please enjoy this year’s Christmas greeting special. We wish you a Merry Christmas and all of the best in 2020.

Season’s greetings to our neighbors, friends and patients here in the community. Your support and trust mean the world to us, and we’d like to extend our heartfelt best wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy holiday. Merry Christmas!

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Christmas celebrations around the world Many people in Canada have fond memories of how they have celebrated Christmas over the years, but those who are new to Canada also carry fond memories of Christmas in the past. Southeast Newcomer Services has been helping people new to Canada adjust to life in this country for nearly a decade. One of its initiatives is Settlement Workers in Schools, which assists Filipino children and young people from other countries adapt to the Canadian school system.

SWIS held a Christmas tree decorating night on Dec. 6, and many who turned out for the event took time to share their Christmas memories. Members of the Filipino community and other newcomers, as well as SNS executive director Debbie Hagel, shared their favourite memories and traditions associated with Christmas. Aimee Haralson, who works with SWIS, noted that Filipinos start thinking about Christmas the moment the calendar turns to September.

Jilliane Montecillo I’ve been here for almost seven years, and Canada’s Christmas is way different from the Philippines. In the Philippines, we celebrate with all of our family, all of our aunts and uncles, cousins and grandpas and grandmas. We have different types of food, and usually everyone brings their own dish, and we will have that for our dinner. The children will play games, and we’ll sing karaoke and we’ll have other games and stuff. In Canada, I think the food is on the table and everyone eats, and everyone talks on the couch, and in the Philippines, we’re all over the place. Our moms are with all the other moms, in a different area from the dads, while children are downstairs playing.

“It’s a four-month celebration,” said Haralson. “We cannot wait for September to come because it’s Christmas. Christmas is a big thing there. It’s a huge celebration for families.” Filipino people love the receiving gifts, and if they’re given money, parents will take them shopping to spend the money they receive for Christmas. It’s a wonderful time for them, and for people in so many other parts of the world, and they’re excited to share their memories.

Sumaiya Ali In India, we just decorate the Christmas tree and then we decorate the houses, and we cook good food, especially the cake and stuff. And then we go to our friends’ place, and friends would come, and you would have the usual gift exchange. The decorations were just like here. You had the normal stuff with the bells and the lighting and the Christmas tree. We would go to our friends’ place, because we don’t usually do it at our place, at our home. You have cake, and maybe chicken, and veggies and potatoes.

Representatives from the Settlement Workers in Schools presented a Christmas tree to Mayor Roy Ludwig recently.

Raiza Bognob My favourite Christmas tradition is when we are waiting for midnight for exchanging gifts, and wearing traditional Filipino clothes. It’s something we did in the Philippines, but we also do it here, as it’s also a family tradition.

Kyle Gallardo In the Philippines, family and friends sing to other houses, basically like carolling to others. For the people we sing to, they give us money for singing to them. We sang Jingle Bells.


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My favourite Christmas memory is from the Philippines, of the carolling. We’re going to go to other houses and make some songs with the Christmas carols. We would go to houses and sing a Christmas carol, and they give us money.

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Dylan Galanj It’s always tradition to have the family dinner. And that’s not only for my family, but that’s a very common thing for other families as well to have that traditional Christmas dinner that they spend with their entire family. What I really like about that is that each and every person in the family is an individual. Everyone is unique. What brings them together is that food that is brought for Christmas, with a Christmas tradition that has allowed the people in the family to prepare food and then gather together. We have the rice. You can’t miss the rice in a Filipino dinner. The ham, the fish, there’s sweet and sour fish. And then the typical food with ribs. It’s a variety. It’s a lot. I can’t narrow it down to a couple of foods. And it varies every year, so there’s always something to look out for.”

Jairus Taoli

I always loved to spend time with family. We do fireworks. We have a huge family gathering. Food is great at Christmas. We also have this tradition where we have a nine-day Novena mass – it’s actually called misa de gallo in our culture. It’s called rooster mass, so misa is mass and de gallo is the rooster, because we get up as early as 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning for nine days. We believe that if some of our desires in the heart would be granted. We’re not into turkey, we’re more into chicken and sometimes roasted pig. If it’s a big family, we have pansit, which is noodles. That’s something that is ever present in all of our gatherings.

I love when Santa comes every year. He listens to people, and he likes good people. He gives presents to good people. I hope he brings me Lego and a dog this year.

Diosdado Derain My favourite memory is we eat feasts after we get presents. Having bonding with our family. The feast is lechon which is like a roasted pig, along with rice and some desserts. I think a lot of people have it.

Debbie Hagel Cyrus Osano In the Philippines, we have a feast, and we get to visit our grandma and grandpa in the Philippines. And we can do whatever we want in our house if it’s Christmas. We have turkeys, rice and more food.

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My favourite memory is that when we were little, our stockings were always left at the end of our bed. We got to open our stockings first, first thing in the morning. And there was always candy in the toe. And later as years went by, and I became a parent, I left the stockings on the end of my children’s bed, and I came to realize, it was because then we had time to make coffee.

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Girl Guides love sharing Christmas memories They might be young, but the members of the Estevan Girls Guides have some great memories of Christmas. The Girl Guides are one of the organizations partnering with Estevan Mercury Publications for this year’s Christmas greetings special. Members shared a memory of a Christmas past, or a tradition for their family. Megan Lingelbach with the Estevan Girl Guides said they were approached to see if they would be interested in participating. “When we brought the topic up to the girls, they were all very excited to be able to share what their memories are. They were very excited to be in the paper as well. They had a lot fun sharing their stories with their fellow girls that they have in their groups, and to be able to write them down,” said Lingelbach. Members from all five groups – Sparks, Brownies, Girl Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers – participated, so the age range of respondents ranged from five to 15 years.

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Lingelbach found the answers to be very cute and heartwarming. “We had a lot of girls being excited to see Santa in the middle of the night, or trying to sneak into their parents bedrooms to

wake them up to surprise them,” said Lingelbach. Many of their answers also focused on spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the season.

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My favourite Christmas tradition is Christmas dinner with my family because I get to see my friend and family. To me Christmas is about family and friends, not about gifts. Putting up the Christmas tree and not having school are good too.

My favourite Christmas memory is the Christmas Eve that I got the game “Pie In The Face” and we played it with my family. Then my favourite tradition is that we all go to my house on Christmas Eve.



My favourite Christmas is eating and sleeping.


Sofiya Vlezko AGE

I love to eat and sleep at Christmas.


Merry Christmas May the peace and blessings of Christmas be yours; And may the coming year be filled with happiness.

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From my family to yours, wishing you joy, peace and hope this holiday season and throughout the New Year!

Thank you for believing in us! It has been our pleasure to serve this community in 2019, and we wouldn’t be here without your kind support. We hope your Christmas is merry and bright in every way, and we look forward to serving you in the New Year!


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We are french so we have a french tradition. We stay up all night and sleep through Christmas day. We have a big dinner with the family on Christmas Eve, and we open presents. That is my Christmas!


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11 Every year my family would go on a twinkly tour and see all the Christmas blowups. We put up the tree and I am planning to buy my brother a present. Our cousins come over to our grandma’s house with our uncle and aunt. Almost the whole family eats turkey together and more. Sometimes there is hidden candy in our house too!

Jilena Elford 10



Decorating the Christmas Tree!



9 I like my Mom and Dad.

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Alexa Delainey


My favourite tradition is when we put a Santa hat on the tree after decorating.


My favourite Christmas tradition is setting up our Christmas tree and having Christmas dinner at my Grandma’s house.

Landry Deatherage

Every Christmas me and my mom and sister decorate the tree. We have a picture of me and Izzy (sister) to put on the tree. We also make a mini village.


Racy Donohoe AGE

My favourite Christmas tradition is having a nice supper on Christmas Eve and then waking up for opening presents.


With Bright Wishes at The Holidays

Christmas is coming, much to our delight. We hope it’s especially merry and bright!

Wishing all our friends, neighbors, patients and associates a holiday season filled with lots of bright smiles and laugher. l

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Breanna Short My favourite Christmas memory is last year because last year I had my house lights change to red. We have this thing that shines on our house.




Setting up the tree, opening presents, I love my mom and dad, my birthday and wrapping presents.


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Madison Blanchette AGE

We go to my grandma’s 11 for gift giving and we get one gift then we go home to open our stockings with a lot of candy inside and we open the gift from Santa and my mom and dad. My favourite gift is LOL dolls!

We at Stream-Flo would like to wish you and your families, our customers, and neighbors a prosperous 2020. Stream-Flo Industries Ltd. 201 3rd Street Estevan, SK S4A 0N6 306.634.4719 www.streamflo.com

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Be Shiny & Bright Wishing you and yours sleighfuls of happiness at Christmastime and throughout the New Year! We hope this holiday season delivers everything you’ve been wishing for, right down to the last detail.

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On behalf of Council and Staff it is a pleasure to wish our community the very best of the holiday season. May you be blessed with good health, good friends and lots of laughter through this season and the whole year through. Sincerely, Mayor Roy Ludwig

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Our best wishes for a Merry Christmas, of course! Thank you for being such an important part of our year.

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Olivia Meili

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Waking up on Christmas morning with my family. And having a feast with my family. Opening presents and it is so much fun. Going to my grandma’s for Christmas. Opening presents with my cousins Emma, Lima, Olivia. Decorating the Christmas tree. Finding the elf.



Setting up the tree. I like opening up Christmas presents on Christmas Day. I like having a Christmas supper with my family. I like eating turkey. I like helping my mom set up the Christmas tree and decorating the tree.



My favourite Christmas memory is decorating the tree with my family.

Tianna Wallman

Going to the farm and Winnipeg. And we normally stay up late and in the morning we open presents and have FUN!




Setting up the tree and opening presents.







Waking up at 3:30 am to see Santa. Also getting and giving.

Spending time with my friends and family.

Quinn O’Hanlon

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Putting up the Christmas tree. Spending time with family. Getting presents and giving presents. Decorating the Christmas tree. Opening presents.

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My favourite Christmas memory is waking up at 5:00 a.m., going on my parents bed and jumping on them and yelling, “Santa came! Santa came! Get up, Santa came!”





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Going to grandpa’s lake every year and spending time with family. Eating lots of food, opening gifts and making cookies.

Taisley AGE

Waking up at 7am and jumping on mom and dad.


Klara AGE

Hailey Williams AGE

Getting presents, going to bed early on Christmas Eve and trying to stay awake to listen for Santa.

Baking cookies with grandma and sending a list to Santa.


Reanna Simpart



Wake up at 7am.




Spending Christmas time with the elves on the shelf and opening presents every year.



Baking treats for Santa and going to Grandpa’s to spend time with family.

Rylee Baldwin



Carly Hermann



Spending time with my family. Spying on Santa. I like opening presents. I like setting up the tree.

Isabelle Kroeker

Spending time with my family and friends, spying on Santa, decorating the tree, opening presents, helping my sister open presents.

Olivia Marsch AGE

I love opening presents! I like getting candy from my stocking! I like finding the elf!

Jordyn 7

Me and my family always go to my grandparents. SO we go to restaurant on Christmas day.



Singing Christmas carols in towns and cities on a trailer while sitting on hay bales. Sending times with family.


Ellie Hayes



When I went to my grandpa and grandma’s and helped my grandma bath my baby cousin.


Hark The Herald Angels Sing,

Wishing everyone a safe and fun holiday season.

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GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING! May the joyous spirit of Christmas resound throughout your heart and home this holiday season, and may many glad tidings come your way in the year ahead.

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Merry Christmas May the season’s message of peace on earth and goodwill toward all mankind reach every corner of the world. Thank you for your generous support and friendship. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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Christmas memories abound at Trinity Tower Christmas has been a big part of the lives of the residents of Trinity Tower for many years, and they love to share their memories about Christmas in the past. Kaye Hemus from Trinity Tower said the nearly 20 residents who participated were quite eager to participate. It didn’t take very much coaxing to get them to share. “I thought they were wonderful,” Hemus said. “A lot of them reminded me of my own childhood. Some of them were new stories to me, and I thought all of them were really well

Ada Boulet I remember seeing my mother knitting mitts and scarves in the evenings. I knew these were our Christmas gifts. What we enjoyed about Christmas were the turkey and all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and caramel sauce. Mom always made fruit cake and gum drop cake. I remember one year my Dad sent two of my sisters to the small hamlet about a mile away, to purchase the Christmas candy. They went in a sleigh, pulled by a pair of horses. On the way home, something spooked the horses, and a runaway began. My sister could not stop them as they raced toward home. My Dad saw them coming and was standing in the yard, waving his arms, trying to stop the horses. Much to our dismay, candy was strewn in the snow for about half a mile. I think Dad went to buy the candy after that.

done, and it just made it feel like Christmas.” Other stories she read amazed her, and one even brought her to tears. “I think it’s really brave of people to share such personal information for a lot of people. Everybody just thinks that Christmas is Christmas, you can talk about it all of the time, but sometimes Christmases are tough.” The project also caused Hemus to reflect of her own memories of growing up on a farm and going to a country school, and what Christmas was like.

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Hemus said she had the help of Lauraine Dube and Ava Boulet in collecting the stories and the photos for the special. Christmas is an enjoyable time for the residents of Trinity Tower. They have an annual supper, and last year started what appears to be a new tradition with a potluck for the residents who will spend Christmas in the building.

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The best part of Christmas was always getting everyone home for Christmas, so we were all together. My brother and his family were mostly here, except for my niece in Calgary. My sister, brother-in-law and nephew travelled two days to get home, but made it every year. I had to get home from Edmonton, by flying to Regina and getting to Estevan. One year I remember spending all morning and most of the afternoon waiting for visibility to clear enough for the plane to be cleared to take off. Everyone cheered and clapped when the pilot announced we were going to get to Regina. When we got home, it was great fun visiting, opening presents and eating. Of course, we always went to church Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Dad always bought the largest turkey he could find. Mom baked fruitcake weeks before, then there was always mincemeat pie to go with the turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. Mom always said, “How can you two eat again?” I don’t know, but we did it every year. Wonderful memories!

The first Christmas I remember we didn’t have a tree, so mother decorated a wash tub and we put our gifts in it. There were seven children at the time. The older children made gifts for the younger ones. The first tree we had was a delicious tree, we made strings of popcorn for decorations. As far as we were concerned, we had the best tree there ever was. Mr. and Mrs. Judhope came with the horse and cutter to bring us gifts on Christmas morning. They were apparently sent from a church in B.C. Mother cooked goose for dinner with potatoes, carrots, and Christmas pudding. We hung Dad’s work socks up and got peanut candy and an orange in them. Mother made us girls a new dress each year. We played games and ate lots. It was really a great day to remember.

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Frieda Seeman My most memorable Christmases are in three stages. My first memorable Christmas was in Germany where I lived with Aunt Bertha (my mother’s sister). I was 10 years old when I saw my first Christmas tree. It was decorated with nuts, bonbons, cookies and dried fruit slices, and hung with thread There were real candles that clipped the branches. When they were lit, my Aunt read the Christmas Story from the Bible, then sang Stille Nacht. It was so beautiful. The candles were blown out, then we all got one gift. My first Christmas gift was a plaid bag to carry my books to school. I was so happy and proud that my cousin and I walked an hour to show my gift to my sister who lived in the next town. In my teens I was adopted by Joyce and Henry Seeman. Christmases were a lot of fun with my family. Brothers Albert, Ernest, Henry and sister Milly Klecken and families rotate whose home it would be held at. There were 30-40 people in the house with food galore. We never ran out. After the meal, we would visit, sing and eat. The younger ones played outside or played Monopoly and Crokinole. These were wonderful times, we had great family times. When I had my own family, we celebrated Boxing Day at our house every year. Everyone was welcome. The menu was simple homemade sausage, perogies, sweet and sour spare ribs, herring (from Perkies) made with cow’s cream and onions and the Seemans specialty, Kase Kleesel. I remember peeling 100 pounds of potatoes to make them. Everyone pitched in to help. They are a lot of work but they are worth it. Desserts were a five-gallon pail of sweetened strawberries on the table. The adults would visit, the kids would ski-doo in the school yard across the street or go to the rink to skate or just play outside. These are memories that I hold dear to my heart. I loved every minute of them.

Rural school Christmas concerts. Carolling. Japanese oranges. Playing games with Mom and Dad. Cracking walnuts. Crokinole, canasta, checkers, puzzles. Tarts and the aroma of mom’s turkey. (Dry, thank you!) Cranberry jelly and stuffing. Grandma’s pudding and hard sauce. Backpacking our little twins into the woods to find our tree. Warmth. Family. Baby Jesus.

Lauraine Dube I was a farm kid! I remember travelling in a sleigh with two black horses pulling us to the local schoolhouse for our little Christmas concert. I remember the excitement we all felt seeing Santa, and receiving candy bags from him. I remember travelling home again, and looking up at the sky filled with millions of stars. There were Christmases when Mom and Dad could not afford to put presents under the tree. We did fun things like putting eight piles of chopped oats out in eight even piles for the reindeer that were going to come in the middle of the night. That was before Rudolph’s time. Cookies and milk put out for Santa were always gone in the morning. Christmas day was spent with friends who came for turkey dinner and all the trimmings. Good memories of Christmases past. As a grown young woman, I remember Christmases in a city where there were many homeless people living along the river. Along with my church, it was such a joy to prepare and serve Christmas dinner to these very thankful people. Their little children were so excited to receive gifts designed to keep them warm. It feels very good to be a blessing to others.

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Gloria Lainton Living in a seniors’ complex, reminiscing about the good old days is a favorite topic. Many agreed that one of the good things that came from those days was the Christmas concert, held in all the one-room rural schools around the country. Having been born and raised in Estevan, attending Valley View and Estevan Collegiate Institute schools, I couldn’t participate in their happy memories But guess what? As a young teacher just out of teacher’s college, teaching in a one-room school, I was hit with the Christmas concert and I was at the helm. Where to start? My best resources were the students themselves. They knew how to set up the stage, hang the curtain, etc. A tree arrived from somewhere. Now what to do with nine students spread over six grades? With booklets picked up here and there, we put on our show. A good time was had by all. My own early Christmas memories were of our church concerts and opening our gifts Christmas morning. How happy I was when I got my very own pair of skates. A doll’s crib made by my dad in the lean years was handed down through my sister’s family and then to my own grandchildren. When I see the mountains of toys my great grandkids receive, I wonder if this is the new Wonder of Christmas. Now the good old days are gone and I will enjoy the good new days and thank God for my great life.

Virgil Anderson I lived on a farm in Wisconsin as a young child, and Christmas Eve was something special. Bath by six o’clock. Dressed and off to church for 7:30 p.m. After worship, we went home for Christmas Eve supper, usually accompanied by relatives from my dad’s family. Norwegian dishes – lutefisk, lefsa and maybe sill. Gift opening happened early on Christmas morning.

In my younger years, people didn’t have much money to decorate their homes, so the decorations were made right at home. Each family member would have their decoration hung on the tree or in a special place in the home. Gifts were also homemade, or you could buy a book to read on a cold winter’s day, that didn’t cost much money. There was a lot of time spent baking, sewing and on carpentry for family members and special friends. Ribbon candy was a popular thing at the time, and in those days, the nuts were in the shells. I enjoyed the many gatherings at other people’s homes. After the meal, the children were dressed and sent outside to play. It was dark, but the moonlight enabled us to see. Our parents would always call “Stay out of the barn” when we started off. But that didn’t last long. When we got cold, we headed for the loft of the barn. It was warm, and it had a soft landing if we fell. The boys would climb to the rafters, but I was content to stay with my feet on the floor. We would put ropes up to use for swings and we had great fun with them. Our parents played card games until late into the night, so the children could be found asleep on a bed or on a pile of coats in the house somewhere. There was no lack of snow in those days. The snowbanks were hard and the horses would be walking on top of the banks as high as the telephone wires. If the horses fell through, the person would have to shovel until the horse could get solid footing. Life was much quieter. No electricity. We had batteryoperated radios. We had no fridge to clean, no freezer, no dishwasher, no microwave, and if we wanted to keep warm, we had to keep a stove filled with wood or coal in it. Yes, Christmas is very different today, and I feel very privileged to have lived through all of the changes.

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Bob Goud My memories of Christmas go back to the mid 1930s. We were very poor; my folks were having a very difficult time financially. Just putting food on the table was about all they could do. Nevertheless, when Christmas came, they somehow would find that extra dollar, and we would get a small present, some Christmas candy and usually a tangerine orange. I remember in particular one Christmas receiving a toy caterpillar from my dad’s sister, my Aunt Avis, and by the way I still have it. I’m sure it is at least 85 years old. Many other memories come flooding into mind, like the Christmas dinners with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins, that was lots of fun. Thanks for the memories.

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Olive Firth I came from a family of five, with Dad, Mom, a brother and a sister. We lived in an old house with no power and our heating system consisted of a wood burning heater and a cook stove. On Christmas Eve, we would all hang up our stockings and go to bed early so Santa could arrive as soon as possible. Early Christmas morning, anywhere between 4 and 6 a.m., we would run downstairs, shivering, to see what Santa had brought us. Mom would light a coal oil lamp so we could see as we opened our presents. It was very cold in the house so we quickly ran into Mom and Dad’s room to show them what Santa had for us. We then took our stash of gifts up to our bed. Santa was not as generous back then as he appears to be now. He would leave each of us one good gift and then maybe a story book or a colouring book and crayons. We also found an orange, candy and peanuts in our stockings. In the morning, Dad would do all the chores and then hitch up the team of horses to a sleigh with straw in the back for mom and kids to sit on. We then covered ourselves up with a fur robe to keep warm on our trip. Dad was not so lucky; he stood up to drive the horses the 10 miles to Grandpa’s house. We would arrive at Grandpa’s place around noon for a delicious turkey dinner with our aunts, uncles and cousins. After the meal was done, we opened more gifts. This was followed with card games among all the family members. All our family was musical, therefore we always found time for music and singing. At the end of the day, we loaded back into the sleigh for the ride home, singing songs and enjoying the moon, stars and Northern Lights. What a beautiful sight on a cold, crisp winter night.

I was probably between two and three years old when I remember Christmas and Santa for the first time. Mom called us to come downstairs to meet Santa and receive our gifts. We opened our gifts with lots of screaming and then we thanked Santa and sat down and had hot cocoa and cookies with him and he left on his way. We all got dressed and went to church. We couldn’t wait to get home and play with our gifts and have our Christmas brunch. Mmmm. Good.

Isabelle Goud In the days of our childhood, we did not have much. However we always had a warm house and good food. My mother was a great cook. While Grandpa Dale was with us we had lutefisk and lefsa for Christmas. As we did not develop a love for lutefisk mom also cooked a pork roast. We didn’t have much of this world’s goods but we had the love and care of great parents so we didn’t miss other things. One year my Grandpa Dale made rag dolls for us girls. I guess the Christmas that stands out in my mind is the year my parents were able to give us new toys. I got a big doll and my sisters and I got an aluminum cooking set. We enjoyed them very much. We also enjoyed giving to the Dale School Christmas concerts. Travel was mostly by team and sleigh.

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Living in Saskatoon, annual Christmas trips to Estevan involved packing tight the station wagon with presents, luggage, two kids and Elaine, my wife. Home in time for the Haukeness Christmas Eve supper of lutefisk and lefsa, Trinity Lutheran Church’s candlelight service, the grandchildren’s talent show and topped off with Santa’s visit. Christmas Day with the Forstads was a turkey supper; more presents, maybe a few warmup beverages. Boxing Day rest? Brother Miles, birthday and the Finstad get together at the Trinity Social Hall with more food; card games such as smear; and hard-fought games of Battleship with cousins. Another trip to Saskatoon; unpack; only 363 days until next year.

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In the Dirty thirties, when I was growing up, money was very scarce, so with six children to feed, Christmas at our house was skimpy. Our gifts were usually a new pair of mitts our Mom had knitted for us after we had gone to bed. Her mother lived in Vancouver then and always included yarn in her Christmas parcel, so Mom had the whole year to knit them. The highlight of Christmas for me was the school concerts we put on for all of the families in the district. Quite often I was MC as I loved to talk and had a clear voice. Santa was always there at the end with a bag of candy, nuts and a Japanese orange for each child. My most memorable Christmas was 1937. We spent the day with my aunt and uncle in Star City and I was given my first and only doll, Hair Bow Peggy. I treasured her for years until I was too old for dolls.

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