|1938 at Wilgul|
My Mum really enjoyed her ‘early’ Christmases with her maternal grandparents, Edward and Sarah LONG in the western district of Victoria.
Mum talks fondly of these Christmases – probably why she always tries so hard to get us (her three kids and families) together for Christmas with all the trimmings.
I used to try to avoid these group photos – sometimes by being the one behind the camera, although I had to ‘fight’ with my Dad for that excuse.
But, looking at these photos, taken across the years from 1938 to 1950, I can really see the benefit of those posed family Christmas shots!
Some of Mum’s recollections to go with this great set of photos (in her words):
We always had Christmas with them.
|1940 at Wilgul|
The Christmas pudding had lots of ‘things’ in it – money, threepence and sixpence, and trinkets – a ring, a shoe and more, that we would exchange for money. It was very exciting to find all these things in the pudding. There was always brandy sauce too.
We always had a big turkey for Christmas. I remember seeing her pluck them and the chooks out in the scullery. I watched.
I used to pod peas. The potatoes were peeled with a knife – there was no peeler.
Nanna only had one or two hats – they were grey or black.
You had to wear a hat to church but she didn’t wear one many other times.
|1941 off to church|
|1942 off to church|
|1950, Pa Long's last Christmas|