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Sentimental at Christmas
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donna-wisc    Posted 12-03-2002 at 09:27:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember when I was a little girl and our dad had come home from being gone for a while. He was a trucker so he was gone days at a time. It was close to Christmas and we hadn't got a tree yet and being little you worry about things like that. We had all gotten into the old heap we had which I remember being loud and bouncy, my dad had a flashlight and a saw. We had drove around alot this particular time and singing a song and looking at all the pretty lights. From out of no where we came into a bunch of trees and our daddy had said for us littler ones to stay in the car. Wasn't long and they had come back with a tree to take home. It wasn't the prettiest tree thinking back now days, but you can make anything possible if you put your heart into it. How times have changed. How about you all? Do you have a memory to share?

DeadCarp    Posted 12-03-2002 at 10:04:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Christmas at (Danish) Gramma Nelson's little house was always exciting. When the 40-odd people got there, Gramma would recall an old-country story, they'd light the real candles on the tree & everybody would dance around it and hug and sing, then blow them out and exchange gifts and eat. And the menfolks would hope that flimsy floor lasted. (it did)

Dennis    Posted 12-03-2002 at 10:42:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
My brother got married while in Danmark going to college.
After he returned to the US he and his family still have the real candles on their tree at Christmas.

1st year they did this really shook up the parents as they worried about fire.

It is a beautiful sight.

Gary, Mt. Hermon, La.    Posted 12-03-2002 at 09:40:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember the year my brother and I got our Daisy BB guns. It was real cold ( for Louisiana) so my dad had the brilliant idea of teaching us to shoot indoors. yea that's right the target was the ornaments on the tree. Needless to say that didn't go over very well with mom or last very long before the three of us were evicted to the outdoors and asked not to return until we were out of BB's or until the Christmas tree had been put away.

Grove r    Posted 12-03-2002 at 14:41:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
O many of you remember rideing in a sliegh...and I'm not talking about one of those fancy "cutters" either....these are the ones with a double "bob", used on the farm with a hay rack, or just the "bunks" for hauling fire wood, full length, do you know what the sound of the runners in the snow when it is real cold is like? Or the sound of the tug chains, and the horses snorting from the cold?? How about a nice clean barn with the cows and the horses tied at mangers eating that nice smelling hay, while you milk a couple cows by hand by the lite of a kerosene lantern?? This is not only at Christmas, but, all winter....but it sure is a Christmasy feeling.... been there, done that....rode home on the top of a load of hay, lots of times....then help fork it off into the loft of the barn.....yup yup....don't think I want to do it again....but, I sure as heck wouldn't have missed it for the world! Have a gooder, R.E.L.

DeadCarp - sledding wood    Posted 12-03-2002 at 18:33:16       [Reply]  [No Email]

We used to haul firewood on a bobsled yep, Dad would cut a bunch and then Saturday we'd hook up the team, chain the logs down good and haul them full-length. When the runners froze in, you'd have to seesaw to break the front loose. Once we got on the road, it was easy and the horses could clip-clop right along. I'd sit up top and smell their exhaust or grab a treetop & slide along behind. :)

Here's a picture from old logging days

Grove r    Posted 12-03-2002 at 20:21:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats the same type of sleigh, DC, only alot smaller. the farm type had two inch wide runners,the size shown probably had three or four inch wide and was used strictly for logging as you keep the runners from freezing down, the sleigh was pulled up on poles layed crosswise. One other secret was to use cast iron runners instead of steel...only problem was the cast would not stand up to the abuse like steel would. Still another method used to "break" the sleighs loose, was with another horse hooked up to a snatch block system hooked to a "dead man", [large timber dug into the ground in the summer and frozen in in the winter], and to the sleigh to break it loose. to keep the sleighs on the "trails", "rutters" were used to form grooves in the hard packed snow and ice, water was also put on the trails to keep them super smooth and slick. When takeing these loads down hills, chains hooked permanently to the "bobs" were thrown under the runners to act as brakes.. this was called "rough locking". there is still evidence of this type of logging not too far from here. Has always been a dream of mine to interveiw some of the old timers that were involved in this work, but I think I have waited too long..... Thanks for pic, have several in our local history books that could pass for being here. Have a gooder, R.E.L.

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