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 Glee Before There Was Me” 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 by Christmas tree with our mother.

Or our father reading, The local news,

While big sister, Rosie, On the 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!

When ’54 Christmas, Came rolling round,

Cousin Marc and I, We 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. 

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