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la, 2OOl goo/ - Lqe 2,5 .... * * snow. We just didn't have much in the other than these ribbons and cranber- J tlued way of ice from there on. There was ries and oranges. from page 24 some, but not very good ice skating"And oranges were kind of at a pre dable." ice." mium, you know, because the local gro- -' children today, Christmas Presents to Chappuis and his a little Weedin Steam have received as a Christmas ell, PUis said. "It's pretty neat. I any like it for years. a collector s item. YOU it up with an alcohol fn-e 9 know. It had a burner on , mcllt had a little whistle on it. It throttle. Along with it, would be ~__e~tor toys you could run from like a pulley or a belt. And I Idition to that, we received wind- !|gt ins, . While or wagons." kids today might get soccer gk" rfootballs for Christmas, athlet- were popular in the old days I . PPuis said, ' nother thing we a forward to were the skates. We ~a.yS anticipated skates for ~.qlr~4~. We knew we were going to Ice skates for Christmas, and usual- was ice before Christmas, if believe it, on the river near ranch where we lived. "Co e Christmas, we would get the |eh:_ tes, and we'd never have a to use them the rest of the win- ter because it would start to rain or tion. We didn't have a lot of decoration mashed potatoes and gravy," Chappuis said. "Of course, there was very little fresh fruit, as you can understand. Once in a while somebody somewhere would resurrect some bananas, but Christmas presents sometimes led" cery store in Stagdish where we went this was a very rare thing. They would to combat, would probably get a couple of boxes have to be shipped in from who knows "One present that seemed to come of oranges, which they sold. There where. It was really quite a rarity." along every Christmas was boxing were some Christmases when an Keeping secrets at Christmas was an gloves," Chappuis said with a chuckle, orange was considered a part of your obligation in those days too. "I never got any boxing gloves but present list. Which was different from "There's another Christmas present some members of the family did, and today when you can go down to theI remember, and me going with my of course quite often this ended up store and see piles of oranges and all family to Leavitt Station to pick it up," with bloody noses, you know, from the kinds of fruits. Chappuis said. "Now you know where kids who used them." "But hack then, they were hard toLeavitt is, the old original town, not It's not surprising that girls got get. They had to be shipped in here, the one by the lake. The original one more feminine gifts for Christmas. you see, probably from Sacramento, was across from the California ' ,nother thing I remember is the and most of them would come to Reno Correctional Center. Right at the junc. girls usually received hair ribbons for or Amedee, and then before the train tion there was a place called Leavitt Christmas," Chappuis said. "In those was brought up here, about 1914 or so, My great-grandfather, Benjamin days girls wore hair ribbons. You've they were probably shipped by. stage." Leavitt, took that area and had it sur- seen pictures of them, I'm sure, with Of course, who can imagine veyed and set up streets and lots for bows in their hair. But they weren't Christmas without a good, old-fash- Leavitt City. already tied, they were big long rib- ioned turkey dinner. "There was a train station there. bons and they were hung on the "We raised our own turkeys," They shipped cattle and hay out of Christmas tree to help with the decora. Chappuis said. ' md turkey dinner was Leavitt Station. I think they also had a tions. And of course the girls got dolls, a tradition that everybody followed. I post off'me there. Well, I remember We always had dolls for Christmas." think everybody had a turkey. Most going there before Christmas to pick Back in those days, Christmas trees everybody grew their own because up this rocking horse for Christmas. were decorated with more natural everybody had a few. We just left it up Of course, it was a big secret whose items rather than the lights and orna- to dad to decide which one was going rocking horse it was going to be. But ments we know today, to be sacrificed." you always had hopes." "We decorated the Christmas tree And it was a turkey dinner with all with strings of popcorn strung on the fbdngs. thread," Chappuis said. "We used pop- "We always had lots of puddings " corn and fresh cranberries for decora- and pies for Christmas dinner, and RadioShack Exclusive. 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