Dear Mother & Daddy,
"Lunch is in the oven and the kids are playing a game so I'll have a little time. B is working on the car heater. This is no time for it to quit because it is real cold and we have snow with ice under it. It poured rain yesterday & it turned to snow and sleet last night.
We had a wonderful Christmas and it was so good to talk to you. I wish we could come home while the kids are here but we won't be able to. B hates to have to go to the office while we're all home but he can't do much about it. We have to be co-hosts for a New Year's Eve dinner & we're dreading it. We'd much rather stay at home alone but it's our turn to have the group that gets together every year. At least they don't come here for it's Browns' turn.
All of us were so pleased with the things you sent. Bob & Pat are always happy to have money & Ann likes things for her hope chest.
B needed, & was real glad to get the nice shirt. It takes an awful lot of shirts for him. I always like to have one nice gown put back & I didn't have any so I was real happy with the the gown and you know I love pretty hankies.
It was a very nice box of presents but we always wish you wouldn't send so much. We got Ann clothes and Bob & Pat a typewriter. That is what they wanted and they have been practicing all week. They didn't have one & really liked it.
Our tree is still pretty & I think I'll leave it up until the kids all leave. Then I can take my time about cleaning up.
There are lots of sales going on. Pat & I looked for material one day & we got a couple of pieces of wool jersey and a piece of green tweedy wool for her. I'll use the jersey for myself.
Everyone is wanting lunch so I'd better get it on the table. Hope you both are fine."
Lots of love,
NOTE: Dear Readers, thank you as always, for reading another year of letters. I look forward to hearing from you in 1969! Merry Christmas!