8th Day Christmas Past Question & Story

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On the 8th Day of Christmas Past, rekindling history to enhance today’s Light the World – “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad.” 
Question:  What unusual thing did a pioneer girl create to give her family gladness for Christmas?

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“Christmas Queen”

From a Life Sketch of Lorena Eugenia Washburn Larsen – written Dec 25, 1867 in Manti, Utah

When I was seven years old my sister Almeda lived across the street east, and a half a block south from our home.  She had a small dog named “Queen”.  It was a family pet.

Christmas time was approaching and I longed to do something to add to the pleasure of that good holiday which everybody looks forward to expecting some fine surprise.  When I racked my little brain trying to think out some way of getting a small gift for each one of our family.  I finally knew that such a thing could not be done; then I thought I must do something which would start the day out with laughter, so I caught Queen, the little dog, and with mother’s measuring tape took the measurements of the length and circumference of her body, and the measure around her neck and head.

I kept my plans a secret.  I watched mother’s sewing basket, and saw some white material which I thought was suited to my needs, and after some persuasion mother said, “If you need it for something useful you can have it, but remember not to waste it because it is valuable.”

My playhouse was in the attic, and there with needle, thread, the measuring tape and mother’s best scissors I worked with a will until I had completed a hat and dress or body covering for Queen.  The hat was made of a round piece of material gathered to fit Queen’s head, with a ruffle almost two inches wide encircling the hat, and strings to tie it securely under her chin. (While making the outfit I was obliged to capture Queen and hold her down to fit the things to her body and head.)  Her dress was a complete covering for her back and sides, from neck to tail, with the two in ruffle all around it and numerous matched tape strings to tie it underneath her neck, and body, and around each leg and her tail.

Bright and early Christmas morning while the family was dressing, I ran to my sister’s home and got Queen, took her to my attic, and dressed her in her new costume.  Oh what a comical sight she was, her little eyes filled with excitement peering out from under the ruffles of the white hat, and when I turned her loose in our living room she ran in circles, jumped in the air and almost turned somersaults trying to extricate herself from that costume.  She barked and yelped while dancing around the floor with her ruffles waving in the air.  The whole family roared with delight.

Someone came rushing from the outside and as the door opened Queen gave a leap and went bounding over the snow in double quick time.  There was a cat-hole in my sister’s door large enough for queen to push through.  She was through in a jiffy.  As she ran home I followed closely behind.  And as I came close to the house I heard the laughter of my sister and her husband.  Queen was still dancing in her new suit, which was so securely tied she could not dislodge it.  When my sister was able to control her laughter she cried, “You young rascal, how could you think of doing such an unusual thing?  Why, it’s as good as a circus!”

Taken from:

Pioneer Christmas p. 34-37

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  1. She wanted to give her family a gift but realized she could not give everyone a gift so she decided to make a costume for her sister’s dog and On Christmas morning she put it on and set the dog free the dog ran around barking trying to get it off and everyone laughed and laughed. She brought happiness to the family and that was her gift on Christmas day.

  2. She couldn’t afford a gift for all in her family so one gift to a dog made joy, happiness and laughter for all. That was a very clever gift.

  3. The young lady wanted to bring joy to the holiday and made her family laugh when she dressed the family dog in a costume and the poor dog tried to get it off.

  4. She wanted to give a gifts to her family but couldn’t afford to buy for all. She decided to make a costume for her sisters dog. Everyone ehjoyed watching the dog run around in the costume.

  5. This young happy pioneer girl gave her family the gift of laughter by making a comical outfit for her sister’s pet.

  6. She wanted to give each member of her family a gift but realized that was impossible so she decided she wanted to give them the gift of laughter. She made a costume for her sister’s dog and when the family saw the dog jumping around trying to get out of the costume they all laughed.

  7. Laughter and joy – can we just slow down and learn to enjoy those sweet moments that come long all too seldom, and constantly think of ways to create more moments that lift the spirit and make us smile. Dressing up the dog is the gift that will keep on giving for years to come as we remember that funny situation created by a mere child. Can’t we adults be more abundant in our creation of such joyful memories? I’m going to have to try to do better myself.

  8. By using scraps of material and her own time Lorena created a dog costume that brought laughter and cheer to two homes on Christmas morning – but not to the dog, I think. A fun remembrance.

  9. What a creative pioneer girl! She made a hat and clothes costume for her sister’s dog for Christmas. The whole family was able to enjoy the antics of the dog all dressed up trying to get out of the costume. Her sister said it was better than a circus!

  10. In secret she took her sister’s dog, Queen, and measured her for an outfit. On Christmas morning while everyone was dressing she ran to her sister’s home, got Queen and dressed her in her new costume. She let the dog loose in the living room and she barked and yelped while dancing around the floor with her ruffles waving in the air. She ran in circles, jumped in the air and almost turned somersaults trying to extricate herself from that costume. She gave her family laughter and happy memories. Her sister even said it was as good as the circus.

  11. She dressed up her sister’s dog in a costume she made in secret. On Christmas morning she let the dog loose where everyone was. The dog barked and yelped while dancing around the room, with the ruffles from the costume waving in the air. She ran in circles, jumped in the air and almost turned somersaults trying to free herself from the costume. The whole family roared with delight and her sister exclaimed, “You young rascal, how could you think of doing such an unusual thing? Why, it’s as good as a circus!”

  12. She knew she couldn’t buy each of her family gifts, so she decided to give them the gift of laughter. She put a lot of time and thought into this endeavor, and by dressing up her dog, she brought a lot of joy to her family.

  13. She brought laughter to both her home and her sisters home.

  14. A creative 7 year old wanted to bring joy to her family so she made a hat & dress for Queen, her sisters dog. On Christmas morning the dog danced around & made everyone laugh! Better than a circus, her sister said.

  15. To bring laughter and a moment of entertainment, she made a costume for her sister’s dog to wear on Christmas morning. Her efforts achieved their purpose!

  16. Knowing her family was used to a surprise every christmas morning she knew she needed to do something that would create laughter. She couldn’t get individual gifts for everyone so by making a costume for the dog & putting it on the dog that morning which the dog didn’t want on she created the gift of laughter for everyone.

  17. The unusual and creative thing the pioneer girl did for her family at Christmas was make a hat and body covering out of material for the family dog, Queen. Then on Christmas morning, she put the homemade suit on Queen. Did this bring gladness to their hearts and souls? I’ll say yes, as Queen danced endlessly in circles.

  18. With needle and thread and a bit of valuable fabric Almeda gave her family a great Christmas gift. The joy and laughter from watching Queen run through the house and the streets in her dress was undoubtedly remembered for a very long time. What better use for that fabric.

  19. Laughter is always the best gift- and with her clever thinking she gave her family just that! She sewed a dog costume for the dog “Queen” and probably joined in the laughter as they all watched the dog dancing in circles trying to get the costume off!

  20. Lorna had no money for Christmas gifts so gave the gift of laughter. She sewed a silly dress for her cousin’s dog and both families were delighted to watch Queenie run around.

  21. To lighten up the day for her family, she made a costume for their dog and it delighted everyone as it pranced and ran around trying to get the costume off. This is something I can completely see my kiddos do with our dogs, what a fun Christmas! 🙂

  22. The pioneer girl made an outfit for the dog which brought the gift of laughter to everyone who saw her.

  23. She made an outfit for her sisters dog that brought love and cheer to her sister and her husbaqnd.

  24. The pioneer girl created an outfit for her sister’s dog which gave the family much enjoyment. Children are very imaginative and creative and love the chance to make gifts for others. Of course, the dog added to the fun by dancing and making everyone laugh.

  25. The little girl created an outfit for the families little dog. She wanted to bring joy and happiness to her family. Her plan succeeded as the dog ran and jumped to get the costume off it made her family laugh. This girls gift created lasting family memories.

  26. Sweet pioneer girl wanted to make her family something for Christmas but had no money so she decided to give them the gift of laughter by making costume for her sisters dog. Christmas morning she let the dog loose jumped around so much it was funny and everyone laughed.

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