Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday December 25, 1879

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, December 25, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Christmas. Went to High Falls to Fred and Annies by special train to Binnewater where Fred met us in sleighs and drove us to his house. My father, Sara and I from here and John & Nannie, Esther, Maurice & Robbie from Johns. Aunt Christina, Julia & Lily were there. We had a nice dinner around a great square table in the parlor, each having a dinner card painted very cleverly by Lily from [?] designs, and a bon-bon box. We had a happy cheerful time and all enjoyed it. The house was so comfortable and pretty and all were so enjoying themselves that I could not but think of dear Gertrude and how she would have added to our enjoyment by her own pleasure and delight. We talked of her before the fire in the evening and all spoke sweetly and tenderly of her. Fred and I had to go to the hotel to sleep. I was afraid I would be very cold and uncomfortable but got along in my cold room better than I expected to.

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