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By Nancy Erickson
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Christmas Memories

Many of us have a good number of Christmas’s stashed away in our memories. Please tell us about one that stands out in your mind and we’ll share it in the Seward Phoenix LOG

 

December 22, 2016 | View PDF



Many of us have a good number of Christmas’s stashed away in our memories. Please tell us about one that stands out in your mind and we’ll share it in the Seward Phoenix LOG

Name: Barbara Gerlach

Length of time in Seward: This time one year; 1972 20 years

The best gift I had was in 1976! I went into labor with my first child, Niles.

I lived on Lowell Point at the time and was taking a class through Lamaze on child bearing where I learned not to panic and sit down and have a cup of tea. Well, when my husband opened the front door it was around 6 a.m. and there was three feet of fresh snow. We panicked!! Jumped in the truck and started driving. Low and behold we went around the corner on the road and there was an avalanche. My husband hit the gas. We sailed over that one only to have another. Again he hit the gas but we got stuck on top of that one. He jumped out of the truck and said, “Stay here.” Then he took off running. I sat in the truck for several minutes until I couldn’t stand it anymore. I got out and started walking, squatting each time I had a contraction. This happened many times! When I caught up to my husband he was still trying to get the key in the door of the spare car. The lock was frozen. I walked by him and as I did I wacked him on the head. Made it to Seward hospital with only minutes to spare and delivered a healthy baby boy!! What a precious gift! That was 40 years ago.

Name: Rosie Sutphin

Length of time in Seward: 12 years in Moose Pass.

The little brown bags with hard candy, an orange and also a #2 lead pencil. My only Christmas present, being the eldest of 10 children in my family. We were recipients of A.D.C. (Aid to Dependent Children), basically known as welfare.

We each treasured those gifts and felt so special!

As an adult, I have dedicated my life to giving back to our communities, with compassion to those who are less fortunate than I. It is important to me to do things to help others and see them smile for a time.

Name: Nell Watsjold

Length of time in Seward: many years.

One Christmas stands out in my mind. My husband Oscar and I and our young children, Andy and Sherry, went out to find the perfect tree. They were all so beautiful that we came home with three. As it turned out someone had taken Pat William’s mother’s from her door step and she needed one. And then Luella Wilfong needed one so we gave the extras away. My mother-in-law was visiting and she was cooking the most delicious smelling food as we walked in the door: pork roast with her wonderful cabbage and cream sauce. A wonderful surprise!

Name: Louie Bencardino

Length of time in Seward: 46 years.

The happiest day in my life is Christmas Day.

 

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