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" l%fro %0+ Lassen County man remembers holidays of hi you By Willia course you get.them now by the boxful, after Christmas in some cases, there. I don't know how old I waS, but back then that was all there was." although [ don't recall any right now." very old really, less than 10, l Lassen County residents celebrated Christmas celebrations truly were a Life was more primitive in those "At Christmas time Christmas in a much simpler way family affair in those days before days. all that much snow, nearly a century ago. World War I. Chappuis, who was born "We did not have electricity on our enough so we could Evan Chappuis, 91, who grew up on in 1910, said Christmas lasted two and ranch, and so we had Christmas with- Sometimes we'd have to his parents' ranch near Standish, sometimes three days. out any electricity," Chappuis said. because the road was already shared his memories of those "We usually had Christmas on "Just a wood-burning stove to warm from travel. That's one Christmases of his youth--memories Christmas the house have of getting a Christmas tree.. from the days when Lassen County Eve instead +*+++"%"+ ......... : iF , and a Chappuis said there were really was out on the frontier, of Christmas fL. ..... ..... e_8 Christmas trees at the schools as well, Chappuis' memories of those holi- Day," tree that wassometimes posed a danger. days in the high desert when he count- Chappuis ...... I/_2 decorated." ' nother memory I have of ed his age in single digits remain clear, said. "It was ?/?/_6' In the Christmas trees are the mostly a days before had at school," Chappuis said. Back in those days, Christmas was family cT/? 3Z;Y Christmas n't go get the Christmas not the commercialized holiday, begin- arrange- tree lots on the trustees did that. But what s ning before Halloween, that we know ment. We'd ,, every cor- in my mind is the fact that they today, have ner, families real candles on the trees. "The local stores, they didn't really Christmas usually wentduring the Christmas festivities have access to very much in the way of Eve with to the woodscandles we actually lighted, Christmas presents," Chappuis said. presents and and cut their imagine such hazardous lot of the gifts like dolls and toy so forth. And then on Christmas Day own trees. "Well, that's the way they did steam engines, trains, and erector sets we'd be with some other members of "First of all, we had to go get a Ours didn't happen that way, were bought from Montgomery Ward the family's house for Christmas din- Christmas tree," Chappuis said. were a lot of school houses or Sears and Roebuck. That was our net. That was pretty much the way it "Sometimes, but not always, we went burned down with a Christmas shopping center via catalog, was, I think. You couldn't be every in this horse-drawn sled over to the catching on fire, which would be Something everybody looked forward place at once so we had Christmas Eve, Janesville area to cut a Christmas tree. to was the Christmas catalog. Of Christmas Day, and probably the day I have a recollection of going over See Past, iiiiil!iillil All Occasion Greeting Cards Party Supplies Make-Up Office Supplies Toys Hair & Nail Care Fabric & Sewing Notions Candles & Soaps Dr. Dean Edell Arts & Craft Supplies Reading Glasses A R, Variety Weekends 9am-5pm Mon.-Fri.: 9am-6pm flk8;" Laege I A"%' "uristmas or next to Chester True Value Radio Shack) Chester