Winter Break Over

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, December 30, 1912:  Went back to school today after a two weeks rest. Had such a time carrying my books. I had brought so many home, and it was raining in the bargain.

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The road that Grandma would have walked down to go home from school on a recent rainy day.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma had to walk about a mile and a half to get to school. Nothing’s worse than a cold December rain.

Did Grandma read all the books over the break that she brought home? What were they about?

A hundred years ago, the Christmas break was really long. And, it’s Interesting that school began prior to New Year’s Day—today schools don’t generally resume until January 2.

8 Responses

  1. I am also surprised that they are back to school before New Year’s Day. I am now wondering if they get that day off. I guess I will have to be patient and find out :-).

  2. My children go to school at a year round school. They have just had a six week break between Thanksgiving and New Years. So I guess I’m not really surprised by the long break :)

  3. My kid goes back on the 7th~

  4. wish I were still in school–university though not public or high school

  5. I am surprised she is back before the new year. She likely missed the regular routine of school.

  6. I once read that back then New Years was not much celebrated like today. They said at the turn of the century it was no big deal. Not sure though, but that said, New Years is not much of a celebration here either, just the start of another year like the start of another week! ;)

  7. I guess you didn’t get to hear the ‘We walked to school, thru deep snow, up hill, both ways’ stories. Kind of missing them now.

  8. Our students at the college return January 7th. It is interesting how it wasn’t celebrated as much before.

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