18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, December 25, 1913: The day of preparation and expectation has dawned at last. Arose earlier than usual because it was Christmas. Am very much pleased with my presents. Have fourteen of them.
Besse and Curt were out for dinner. We had roast chickens.
Am not so sorry that the day is almost over, for e’er another year has gone its round and she will be with us again.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
It sounds like you had an absolutely perfect day.