My mother’s sister, Carol, shared some memories today of the McGhee family Christmas Eve.
“When I was little, we always opened presents on Christmas Eve, and had pumpkin pie and chicken salad sandwiches. Sometimes my married sisters & their families came to our place for Christmas Eve, other times not. Quite often they came for Christmas dinner.
For Christmas Day, we usually had baked chicken, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and vegetables that Mother had canned. Dessert would be either cake or pie. If we had found gooseberries in the summer to can, we’d have gooseberry pie, always a special treat.
Christmas day breakfast was special too, biscuits or fruit pancakes (whatever she had canned) with homemade jelly, eggs fried or poached, a bit of ham, which we had only occasionally.
For presents I always got books, & paper & colored pencils for drawing, along with a new outfit Mother had made. She also crocheted a new outfit for my doll for every gift-giving occasion.
Daddy would take me shopping to get presents for Mother. She loved embroidered hankies, scarves to wear with her coat, sometimes a book. Mother would order books for Daddy that we picked from the catalog. I still have (and use) The American Woman’s Cook Book Mother and Daddy gave me for Christmas 1953, when I was 19.”