We wanted to hear about holiday traditions such as Thelma Daigle’s story about her family meeting every Christmas Eve.
A gathering of siblings staying at “mamma’s house” for the Christmas Eve gumbo, to be enjoyed after midnight mass of course.
We listened to stories about trinkets and mementos that call to mind Christmases of the past.
Geneva Haymark now in her 90s had ornaments from her daughter that were made by hand in the 1970s.
The gathering of Jures East are still going on to this day, a family meeting surrounded by a feast of chicken and pork.
The stories we heard weren’t limited to this continent either, Edna Guilbeau grew up in England during World War II.
Despite spending a few Christmases in the air raid shelter, she still had fond memories of her family coming together, and the spirit of the holiday taking over the community.