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Queens County couple remembers holidays when their children were small

Marjorie and Lawrence Wentzell reflect on past Christmases with their children. The Wentzells live at Queens Manor in Liverpool.
Marjorie and Lawrence Wentzell reflect on past Christmases with their children. The Wentzells live at Queens Manor in Liverpool.

‘Noisy, lively’ Christmases past

Liverpool, NS - ‘Quiet’ is not a word that describes Marjorie and Lawrence Wentzell’s Christmases past.

With five children, their holidays were busy, but they were fun, said Marjorie, who sits in an armchair in a room with her husband at the Queens Manor in Liverpool.

The Wentzells spent many Christmases in Queens County, and they spent many in Yarmouth County as well. Lawrence worked as a lighthouse keeper. Some of those years were spent on Cape Forchu and many were spent in Western Head.

“All along the Brooklyn Bridge, right from the corner where you go down along the Shore Road, right over to where the post office was last, that was all buildings and businesses,” recalls Lawrence about going Christmas shopping near Eagle Head, where he grew up.

Celebrating Christmas with five children meant cooking a traditional meal that included turkey and steamed pudding, said Marjorie.

On Christmas Eve, they would trim the tree and spend time together. The children would hang their stockings and put out cookies and shortbread for Santa. Marjorie said the “old rascal always ate the snack.”

“It was very noisy, lively,” she added with a chuckle.

Marjorie and Lawrence say when they were children, they mostly got clothes for Christmas.

“I remember one year I got a doll,” said Marjorie. “Oh, I loved that doll, and my mum made clothes for it. Oh, I had a wonderful time.”

That’s when Marjorie was about nine or 10.

When their five children were growing up, gifts often included toys and, as they grew older, clothes were common.

To this day, Marjorie and Lawrence most look forward to seeing their adult children during the holidays. 

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