Mavuradonha Mission Station
P.B. 16, Bindura
2nd of December, 1955
Dear Gladys, Clarence, and girls,
This will be just a little letter wishing you all a very happy Christmas season. Today I got a letter from Mom and she said that she had just heard from you. You must be kept real busy with your outside job. I don’t suppose that you will be going to Chicago or home for Christmas or am I wrong? I hear that Judy is able to cook. It doesn’t seem as if she is already so big. What grades are all the gals in now?
For Christmas here, we are getting together Christmas Eve for a buffet supper and we’ll open any gifts that we might get then. On Christmas day we’ll just go our own ways. I’m having dinner with Marie and Mrs. Danielson and Muriel. We figured that it makes too much for a big Christmas dinner all together plus the meetings of the day. Our people are planning a day of special meetings, games, feast of meat, tea, sugar, and candy, along with their “sadza1Shona for a cooked maize meal, a staple food of the East African diet”.
School finishes this week and they go on vacation so that means I can do something besides school work. Next week we go into town for a bit and needless to say I’m looking forward to it.
I’ve been teaching the wives of the Bible school students reading. That is quite interesting. One is quite old. She has a grown family. She is quite a character when it comes to reading. It will be a real help to them and their work if they are able to read the Testament and Bible.
I don’t know if I ever wrote after I got your letter about the folks at home. Anyway I appreciated what you wrote and was glad to hear. How much longer does Clarence have in school? I don’t see how he keeps up with work plus lessons. Of course he isn’t dumb like myself. Oh I see you have told me what grades the girls are in. Judy will be ready for high school by the time I see her again. It doesn’t seem long since you were working your way through. Now, I mustn’t wax eloquent on that.
I trust you’ll have a blessed and happy Christmas.