Wilson - February 5, 1944
You will remember that I wrote you how we were all sick at Christmas time with the flu. Of course no one felt like eating Christmas dinner then so put it off and last nite we had our turkey. We asked Va. + Heber + Patsy to help eat it. We had planned to have Moffett and Marion too but Marion is sick in bed with the flu so they had to decline. Then we asked Frank and Nellie T. They were delighted so we had quite a nice Christmas dinner. It came very nearly being a Valentine party. Poor Daddy wasnít able to eat very much but everyone else enjoyed it a lot.
Wilson - January 6, 1944
That certainly made a wonderful Christmas present for me too. I think you were very patient about waiting and I know it must have been awfully tiresome to have so many changes and so much bother. I guess maybe you learn to wait for lots of things in the country you are in now. I didnít believe you would get a promotion while you [were] overseas and I am delighted it finally came through.
Cook - December 31, 1943
And I hope you have thanked everyone else about whose gifts I have written. By the way I received a money order from the Society of Mercy for a dollar for Christmas with a very nice card the other day. Will you also thank them for me dear?
Cook - October 25, 1942
I am enclosing a clipping from the Sunday paper that some Christmas packages for the army in the British Isles were sunk. I am wondering if the package containing your old blouse was among the lost packages. And I mailed a parcel to you on Oct. 3, which was not really an Xmas package, but was in a way. It had some cigars and a few useful items. And this article in the paper says that packages through those received on Oct. 3rd were sunk. So I presume that parcel is gone too.
Wenzel - December 19, 1944
After dinner I went down and bought a tree and put it up. I got an old paint pot and filled it with stone & water it really holds the tree very solid it isnít very large about 36Ē tall our friends that live behind us are lending us some trimmings for on it so weíll have a little Christmas not the kind weíd like to have but under the circumstances it will have to do. Maybe next year we can have an old fashioned one again that is maybe of course.
Meyer - November 19, 1942
I donít want anything for Christmas because there is nothing I need and anything extra would just be in the way and hinder me for inspection. About the only thing would be something like cookies.
Tuite - December 15, 1943
Itís getting close to Christmas and I know youíll miss me. It works both ways. Cheer up Iíll be back when furlough time comes. Oh yes I just remembered something. Donít ever try to come down here to see me because the chances of our meeting in this camp are small. Understand I wish you could but itís impossible.
Tuite - December 22, 1943
Weíll have a Christmas tree in the barracks and a group to sing carols but it donít mean anything to me. I wonít feel bad about not being home so that anybody can notice it. I donít get too chummy with most of these guys here, theyíre to much of a conglomerate lot. A kid named Hicks from West Virginia and a boxer from Cleveland named Deyling and I are chummy
Delaney - October 29, 1944
You make me want to see all those Christmas packages. Iíll have a difficult time waiting Ďtil Christmas. I know you know Iíll like everything you send and want it Ďcause it came from you- has Bum there must be a Christmas as home for you- so you must remember you too. You know Iíll want that- above everything else. I just had a wild thought. Do you suppose you could have Emily & the children come to our place for Christmas? I know it will mean a lot of extra work. It would be nice for Johnny, & I guess Betty and Mary Lou would like it too. If they couldnít make it at Christmas- maybe after Christmas then- I suppose Emily will want to have Christmas at home. Itís an idea, or rather a dodgy dream Ė storm I should say.
Fagan - December 2, 1943
I've sent you and mother a Christmas present. The only practical thing I could send was money so you will be getting a government check for $5000 sometime before Christmas I hope. Itís hard to tell just when it will arrive but itís on the way.
Fagan - January 20, 1944
Iím so glad to hear that you all had such a wonderful Christmas, I thought about you all so many times that day and thought of all the good things and spirit that has always been ours at that time of the year
Fagan - November 30, 1943
It wonít be long till Christmas. By the time you get this I expect it will be just about due. Iíve been everywhere to get cards or the special V mail forms to no avail. So I wonít be able to send even one. To my ever loving and indulgent mom and Pop I send my deepest love and appreciation this Christmas season. My only regret is that I canít be with you to enjoy it. As I look back at all the wonderful times we have had and even a few sad ones during this time of the year I can say that Iíve been a fortunate lad to be possessing of such a swell Mother and Dad.
Herold - September 23, 1945
Itís no use sending anything anymore, because I hardly ever get them and when I do, you canít eat it. I told my mother the same thing and not to send any Xmas pkgs because I may be on my way home from out here by Christmas.
Allen - November 28, 1944
Oh yes, I think I shall take your advice in regard to the Xmas presents. However, Iíve already sent Lee and Ma a slight remembrance. And to prove to you that I still have a little Xmas spirit, Ill enclose a Christmas card
Carr - January 15, 1945
The folks sure did like their Christmas presents to honey. You are so darn swell to the dolks dear and always get them such nice things and always doing some thing for them. Gee but you are sweet dear and I have you so awful, awful much, my own little baby doll aint you dear
Carr - December 12, 1944
Well Honey I got a Christmas package from the folks today. It wasnít in such bad shape but pretty well tore up. It was in one of the of those regular overseas boxes to but I guess they pile so many up together that it is just to much weight. It was a nice box, had candy nuts, fruit cake, gum in it. I sure was glad to get it and sure hope that I get some more of my packages before long now
Hunter - November 24, 1944
The shops are gay for Christmas but there is not much variety of things yet, and practically no Xmas cards so I send these apologies for cards instead. Everything is going into the war effort, but we are well off, really. We are to have ice cream again soon, anyhow in spring and as long as English people have plenty of holly and mistletoe they donít mind anything else. Xmas is held here as a religious festival more than as a holiday and the principal decorations are evergreens, and holly, and everyone has a piece of holly somewhere, on the bonnet of his car or on his office desk, or at least in the Christmas budding. In Scotland, as in France of course the holiday is New Yearís Day and everyone pays calls still, on all their neighbors and friends.
Hereís a Christmas card that I sent to my wife on the Christmas of 1944. By the way on that Christmas during the Battle of the Bulge we were spending that day fighting for the town of Arsdarf, Belgium. We had the town cleaned out by noon on Christmas day. I was wounded on January 9, 1945.
At Christmas they gave us a party and had us put shoes outside the door and put little gifts in there.
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