Yes, it’s Christmas time again and so I thought I’d see what I could dig up relating to the festive season on the Darling Downs. My first port of call is Christmas pudding. You’ve got to have pudding at Christmas, and so here is a recipe from 15 December 1882 Darling Downs Gazette.
The next thing I found was an old Christmas Card of Oakey. This postcard published by W.G.L. Ramsay, Oakey and printed in England. The message on reverse side reads “Wishing you all a Happy New Year, Myra Lorrimer” (wife of Henry Lorrimer).
Finally, I came across these season well wishes and even though they are over 130 years old and originally from the Darling Downs Gazette Newspaper, the message translates to this digital medium rather well.
“The revolutions of the wheel of time have brought us to another stage of life’s journey – another mile-stone on life’s highway – to another Christmastide. The season is full of associations. To many it brings back the memory of the old home in other lands, and of the days when “life was young.” It reminds us all of “old familiar faces.” Yet whilst there are some painful reminiscences attaching to it, it should be always a time of joyfulness because of its hallowed associations, and its social reunions. To-day old friends will meet, families will be gathered under the home-roof, where the past will be discussed and bright hopes indulged in for the future. Let us hope that ere another year shall have passed most if not all, of those hopes will have passed, most if not all, of those hopes will have been realised. This is a time of friendly greeting and thought we have not space to spare for a lengthy Christmas article, we wish all our readers – none the less heartily and sincerely because briefly – in the highest sense,
A MERRY CHRISTMAS”
I’ll see you all next week