It is the night of Christmas day and it has been so lovely. Ma is tired out, but we all cooked and visited and sang the carols. Uncle John and Ab and Will came from town and TJ and Nell came from Sudbury bringing Nell’s new baby girl. They call her Esther. I held her in my arms and rocked her to sleep. My arms ached with missing her when she had to be put in her cot. I will hold her again tomorrow. I must travel back to Calderwood in two days. Martin will take me in the sleigh.
Jennie’s Journal 28: Christmas 1891
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