Norwegian Farmer’s Son…December 21st

December 21st...”DO YOU EVER WONDER ABOUT WHAT CHRISTMAS TIMES WERE LIKE BEFORE YOU WERE BORN, OR A LITTLE TINY BABE?”

POEM – “Christmas Before I Was Born” by N. Elliott Noorlun

#395=G&G Sletten home, Albert Lea, MN; August 1963
Our Grandparent’s cottage in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

In Christmas times, Before I was born,

Before my bottom, Had diaper worn,

It must’ve been special,

The time for our clan,

To Grandma’s or Uncle’s,

House they ran.

 

 

#254.1=Lowell&Mom at G&G Sletten's home; circa Christmas 1951_edited
Big brother, Lowell, shadow boxes with a new pair of boxing gloves.  

In days long before, Electronic device,

Instead were books, And other things nice,

Like boxing gloves, For my big brother,

While sitting near, Christmas tree with Mother.

#363=Russ N.@G&G Sletten's in Albert Lea, MN; circa 1947
Our father, Russell.

Or Father reading, The local news,

While big sister, Rosie, On couch would snooze.

Or Yuletide times at, Our Uncle’s house,

With family around, And my Uncle’s spouse,

 

 

#258.1=Singing Christmas songs, Uncle Del's; Christmas 1954
Our clan of children singing carols while Uncle Del’s wife played piano.

Playing piano, While little ones sang,

Christmas carols, Oh how they rang!

#127 Del's for Christmas. 1954.12.25
Elliott in a Christmas swing…1955

When ’54 Christmas, Came rolling round,

Cousin Marc and I, Lent our sound,

To the old-fashioned holidays,

That had come before,

T’was now our turn,

To enjoy many more.

 

 

#928 Christmas in Albert Lea at Uncle Del's
The legacy of four families gather round our maternal grandparents, Clarence & Amanda Sletten at Christmas time.  Circa 1958.  Elliott is front & center with Winter cap on and shielding his eyes from Uncle’s bright light bar used for his 8mm movie camera.

 

 

 

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