Christmas Memories

Couche Place – 1945-1952

One cold, wintry day, the school bus broke down close to the Couche place.  As the children piled off the bus waiting for it to be fixed, Howard noticed a Canadian goose out in the pasture.  All the school children helped Howard catch it and shut it in a shed.  The Fergus children fed and kept it as a pet until Christmas time when as luck would have it, the bird ended up on the table instead of turkey.  Imagine how difficult it was for the kids to eat their pet.

Christmas bedtime was 8:00 p.m., but the Fergus kids would be up at 2:00 a.m. ready to open presents, just as Boyd and Cleo were getting to bed themselves after preparing for the visit of Santa Claus.  The children would be sent back to bed, and at 4 a.m. they’d be up and going again.  The children learned rather quickly that it takes a long time for the sun to come up when you get up so early on Christmas morning.  Gary in particular remembers one Christmas when the children got up at 1:30 or 2:00 a.m., ran downstairs and started opening presents.  They were caught of course, and sent back to bed, but there was no way they could get back to sleep.  Half an hour later they were up again.