Sunday, Dec 23, 1883 This morning at 8 o'clock the mercury on our back porch marked 12 degrees below zero and it has not been up to that point (0) all day although the sun has shone all day. It is six below tonight with a thick atmosphere indicating snow. I packed up a box to send to Alice with a little present for Mr & Mrs. Sawyer. I sent Alice the Japanese box I bought at Auction. Spent a good part of the day marking my Christmas presents and getting them ready. The box with the pictures of my mother must be pretty near to Lucy by this time.