December, 1926, Thursday 23

Spent the whole morning in packing presents. Gave Sophie a fine blouse, Arthur a torch, Ivor and Joe a designoscope, Julia another torch etc. etc. Brought Stockleys’ presents to Woodside. Sophia gave me mine, presumably a small book and which, from past experience I know…

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December, 1926, Tuesday 24

At last Xmas Eve has arrived. It has approached subconsciously, so that I felt a shock when it was there, and found it hard to awaken the ‘Stimmung’ [atmosphere, mood] of old times. Then those two days were held sacred by me and I walked…

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