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ad students at )n Catholic Schools favorite Christmas first Christmas at our new cat for Christ- climbed up the as tree and knocked it -tting a Burble dream buckeye balls and lull fights with my with you living in and my hus- at the I.U. Were just lit- bought a lit- IU campus. d came of his Was asking his Best memories • eating snacks between church and opening presents; • when my brother knocked over the Christmas tree; • my sister was Mary in the Christmas eve Mass; • going to church together; • I had an 80-year-old friend and she gave me a three-foot Cabbage Patch doll for Christ- mas; • the whole family gets together, plays cards and eats Christmas dinner; • when I sang in a choir in a Christmas pageant and we wore little red noses; • the last Christmas I had with my grandpa; • I got my first guitar; • being with my family; • got a blue bicycle from my aunt; • when I didn't argue with my cousin; • as a child, Christmas made me happy; • spending quality time with my family; • being with the people I love most; • talking to relatives that I don't get to see that often; • staying up with relatives almost all night; • waking up Christmas morn- ing and the whole world had turned to ice; • My brother, who is in the military, got a leave and sur- prised us by coming home; • when my entire family cele- brates Christmas together; • waking up Christmas day and it's snowing; • when we got to have a real Christmas tree for the first time ever; God's Christmas gift to me co-workers to bring in food and talked to Mr. Willobey, the man- Then, when I came to the clothing for a needy family that ager. I told him what I wanted to checkout counter, there was this lived near him in Spencer. do and he said he would double huge five-pound box of chocolates The father was out of work the amount I could spend. I was on sale. I thought of • seeing the tree all lit up with white lights; • being surrounded with pre- sents; • looking at Christmas lights with my family on Christmas eve; • getting my first bicycle; • when I got my computer; • putting up the Christmas tree; • when I got up before every- one, opened the presents to take a peek at what I got, then wrapped them again; • celebrating Jesus' birthday. to me that year. And even though it has been over 30 years ago, I still am filled with joy and they had five children. They were living in just a little shack where the wife cooked out of doors on an old stone. I wanted to do something for them but I really didn't have much money, I think $25. I went to theA & P in Bloomington and so happy because now I had $50 to spend for the family. I went through the store pick- ing out all the things they would need like oatmeal, sugar, canned goods, fruits, vegetables -- things that wouldn't spoil and be good for them. s old and long in Christmases One of 1945 1Tie. hristmas of a Day on the West I sail her tl, Heading for home OW 00Port ge eP8 In the late afternoon of Dec. 24, I got aboard a train for Great Lakes. Aboard the train we heard that the great General George Smith Patten was buried at Lux- umborg, Bel., or wherever. I trav- eled all night and the next day (Christmas) on the old steam engine train, listening to the clank, clank of rail splices, smelling smoke, listening to com- plaints of a few drunken service- od and me were buddies for a long time. AUTO TOPS . SEAT COVERS, BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP,, OWNER S00pping JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER men, watching old clapboard and tarpaper homes along the way. It gave me much time to medi- tate and thank God for what I had, God and me were buddies for a long time. We pulled into Land N. Station Christmas night near midnight. No fanfare, no band, nothing much at all. I checked some of my gear into a locker and took the next train to Great Lakes. There after tests, exams and the other smoke blowing, I was. given my discharge and train ticket home. I got back to L. and N. Station on New Year's eve and hitchhiked home. Leroy Weiss Evansville D.O.W.N.T.O.W.N 301 MAIN ST. • VINCENNES, IN 47591 EdLL ee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 00’lje Christian Books & Gifts Bev& Charlie Mendel, owners (812) 634.7766 416 Jackson St Jasper. IN 47546 .'p.,, (812) 254-2641 SAVINGS BANK, FSB 200 E. Van Trees St., Washington 500 Main St., Petersburg the five children and ]roy just filled how much this box of sweets would make CJme from their Christmas merry. I loved chocolates, too, and knew how delight- ed I would be to receive a big box like this. So I bought it and put it in with the food. Howard took it to the office and I didn't think anymore about it. But I got a wonderful surprise Christmas morning. I remember waking up that morn- ing and the first thing I thought of were those children. Joy just filled me from head to toe. I lay there in bed and just giggled thinking of those children diving into that big box of chocolates. That tremendous joy and hap- piness was God's Christmas gift head to toe. remembering that Christmas morning. And now I know from my own experience what Jesus meant when He said, "If thou wilt lose your life for my sake, you will find it!" The Lord of love has the best plan for our lives, better than we could ever imagine or under- stand! Merry Christmas and God bless you! Rose Smith Bloomfield Surrounded by warmth and love Coming from a large family, I have wonderful memories from every Christmas. However, my fondest memories would be the sound of my Grandmother's voice as she and my Grandfa- ther came in our back door on Christmas day, and singing in the choir with my Mother at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, then coming home, drink- ing hot chocolate and helping her with the rest of the presents. I guess when you become an adult, you really do appreciate what Christmas is all about. The warmth and love of family that exists all year long. Kathleen Duncan-Sanders Evansville 1,944 years later The morning of Nov. 24, 1944, I woke up with 21 other soldiers u,  .... antain toy in Voslso, France. We all were frozen to the ground after a night of rain, sleet and snow. The evening of Dec. 24, our mortar squad of six found our- selves in an empty stable. It was SCHNELLVILLE FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 great. A roof over our heads, a straw bin and a pile of manure that save offsome heat. One soldier remembered tha Jesus had the same situatim one-thousand-nine-hundred-am forty-four years ago. The next morning, we trimme a cedar tree with silver pape that we had gathered up fron the fields. The silver paper cam from our bombers, that the' dropped to throw off the accura cy of the German aircraft guns. Bernard "Barney" Moellel Jaspel DUBOIS COUNTY BANK MEMBER OLD NATIONAL BANCORP Member FDIC One DCB Plaza, Jasper 6th & Mill Streets, Jasper Ferdinand Haysviile Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Jasper Manor, Jasper Germantown, Jasper Southgate, Jasper St. Anthony r'lestine Ireland