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World War, 1939-1945; Letter writing; United States. Army
Davis describes his Christmas eve and dinner. He says he got the greatest present: Bill Holloway arrived in Germany and called him up. He also tells his parents about other presents he got. The Christmas dinner menu is included.
25 December 1945
I am sending this copy of our Christmas Day menu, that we had this afternoon at five o’clock. It was a fantastic meal, and without a doubt the best one that I have had since I have been the Army. There was enough variety to suit the taste of everybody concerned.
Last night, Christmas Eve, we had a rather dull party in the Enlisted Men’s Quarters. Unfortunately, the Major pulls Runte away from us for all the official celebrations, which we get around by celebrating the next night, and it really works out all right. The party was not too lively or too much fun, since all the boys except Brady and Hanes and I had dates, and with the waitresses in our place. And waitresses are not better company in Germany than in the U.S. (My Fraulein Gessner could not come, because she left for a five day play presentation over Christmas in a town not far from here, in chich play she has the leading role). Hanes and I left the party and went around and took the presents to the Runtes, who were gone, to Inge, who was leaving, and to the Sonner’s, who were at home. Also took several boxes of our ration candy around to kids of people that we knew.
You shouldn’t have worried about me not having a nice Christmas, because on Christmas Eve I got one of the best Christmas Presents imaginable. And waht was it? Bill Holloway has just arrived in Germany and called me up from Kassel! Christmas eve at about 11;30 p.m. the call got thru’, tho’ he had to come thru’ so many circuits that I could barely hear him. This week end I’m going to try to go up and pick him up and being him back for a few days.
I got several nice presents; a leather letter case from Major Norins, a coat of arms of the Detachment from the Officers; a decorated beer mug from Sonner, a decorated plate from Runte, and a silver cigarette holder from Runte. Have had a very nice time so far. This afternoon Major Norins made his first call on the Runtes in their house, at which I acted as interpreter.
MILITARY GOVERNMENT DETACHMENT G237
(CHOPPED NUTS, SAUCE)