Women baked for the holidays (though they did some things weeks in advance) just like we do.But instead of modern-day favorites, they made things like plum pudding, put up fruit and vegetable preserves, and meat. When it came to decorations they made their own out of whatever they could find. Evergreen and pinecones, berries and nuts. The decorations for the Christmas tree were homemade too. They made cookie dough ornaments like gingerbread men and strung popcorn and cranberries. They also used yarn and ribbon along with strings of paper.
When it came to gifts, dolls could be made from corn husks. Other toys were carved from wood. One could make a pillow, or embroider something special. Sachets were also made and all gifts were of course made with plenty of love.
A journal called St. Nicholas was available to children in the old west. Published from the early 1800's until the 1940s, the magazine was designed for children in remote and isolated areas and had around 500 pages of stories, contests, games, and crafts. Parents loved it as it kept their children entertained through the long winter months.
So this Christmas, as different as it may be for many of us, think about the cowboy and how he spent his.
Until next time,
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