What’s in Mrs. Hale’s Receipts for the Million 1857?
691. To make Old Writing legible – take six bruised gall nuts, and put them to a pint of strong white wine; let it stand in the sun or forty-eight hours. Dip a brush in it and wash the writing, and by the color you will discover whether the mixture is strong enough of the galls.
My parents were of the Great Depression and WW II generation. Many of the ways we celebrated Christmas when I was growing up in the 1950s came from their experiences as young children in the1920s. One of the traditions was Dad’s insistence that we get the tree on Christmas Eve Day and set it up in the evening before church. It wasn’t the favorite of our family’s traditions, though to late Christmas Eve service was. In fact, as adults, my brothers and I abandoned pretty quickly. It seemed that we set up the tree while Dad watch (I could be wrong~ probably grumbly from my teenage-years memories). But the one tradition that we all loved and continued to share was Christmas poetry.
What is Christmas poetry?
Christmas poetry was essentially bad limericks and riddles for giving clues to what might be inside a wrapped present. On Christmas morn, the poetry would be read by the receiver out loud and all would then try to guess what was inside. I learned at an early age how to write simple clues, often with pictures. Later, I joined the crazy before and after late Christmas Eve service wrapping and writing. It was a tradition that when really bad poetry was read, the writer would say that it was one o’clock or three o’clock poetry. Such sweet memories uncovering a box with around 40 tags at my mom’s apartment after she passed away.
I continued the tradition with my own children and now my grandchildren.
A very Merry Christmas and to all who are celebrating holidays this time of year.
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